After two scorching hot days at the Squamish Music Festival, the final day of the massive event found concert goers in a mood to relax before headliner Eminem closed the show with a raucous set on the main stage.
An estimated 100,000 music fans attended the fifth annual event, which featured superstars Bruno Mars, Arcade Fire and Foster The People on days one and two. The sweltering heat refused to let up on day 3, leaving afternoon sets by Lord Huron and Phantogram modestly attended.
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Many fans (including myself and my tentmates) sought refuge in the shade while they nursed their headaches and hangovers. The Backwoods VIP area was the perfect place to relax, recover and recharge phones and gave festival goers who shelled out the extra money an amazing perk – being able to poop in an air conditioned bathroom.
It might not seem like much, but after seeing more than one camper in the Circle Camping area using the “beach-like atmosphere” as a giant litter box, it was a very much needed slice of heaven.
Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys rocked the Tantalus stage at 8:00 p.m. and played most of their new album “AM”, dedicating “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High” to the weekend’s “unanswered booty calls”. The band dipped into it’s back catalogue briefly, crushing early hits like “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” while hipsters crowd surfed accordingly (only at a B.C. music festival will a crowd surfer utter “sorry” to every person that he accidentally kicks).
Eminem closed the festival with a 90-minute set consisting of big hits and deeper cuts from his nearly two decade long career. All hopes that Rihanna would repeat her surprise appearance from Em’s Lollapalooza set last week were dashed when “Love The Way You Lie” began without her, but the 35,000 fans in attendance were more than happy to fill in for the pop diva.
The Detroit rapper finished with a kick-ass medley of “My Name Is”, “The Real Slim Shady” and “Without Me” before launching into his career defining track “Lose Yourself”.
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