The sixth annual Squamish Valley Music Festival came to a close Sunday night with Mumford & Sons playing to a capacity crowd of 35,000 fans. An estimated 118,000 music lovers took in the four-day event, setting a new festival attendance record.
George Ezra and Kaskade dazzled on the Stawamus stage while Alabama Shakes played an electrifying set that earned raves from everyone who watched, including headliner Marcus Mumford. During their closing set, Mumford & Sons frontman called them “sick” and said “if you want to know how to play an instrument correctly, listen to the new Alabama Shakes record.”
Vancity Buzz was in the crowd for all four days of the festival, and here’s a recap of what we saw this weekend:
2 – number of surprise cameos during Mumford & Sons’ performance
The British rock band closed SVMF with big hits and sentimental favourites from “Babel, Sigh No More” and this year’s “Wilder Mind.” The setlist was almost identical to the group’s performance at Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco Friday night, but with one major twist.
After declaring his love for Canadian music, Marcus Mumford invited First Aid Kit and Bear’s Den, both of whom performed earlier in the day, to join him and his bandmates onstage for an epic performance of Neil Young’s “Harvest.”
1,802 – total number of photos uploaded to Instagram with the hashtag #SVMF2015
Fans used social media all weekend to spread the word about Squamish Valley Music Festival. #SVMF2015 was popular on Twitter as well – our favourite message came from Mitch Charles Gibson (@mitchgibson5) who tweeted: “Even my mom went to #SquamishFest”.
*Nearly 30,000 images have been uploaded using the hashtag #SVMF.
0 – minutes wasted onstage by Alabama Shakes
The Grammy Award-nominees shook up the Tantalus stage with songs from their number one album “Sound & Color,” and lead singer Brittany Howard had no time for idle chit-chat. A starstruck fan in the front row continued yelling “Brittany!!!!” until she singled him out and said “what do you want baby? I don’t have time for conversation, I gotta do a concert. I have to make the most of my time here.” And she sure as hell did – Alabama Shakes pretty much stole the entire weekend, which is no small feat when competing against superstars like Drake and Sam Smith.
6 – total number of condoms sold at the Valley Cliff convenience store onsite
The pop-up shop located within the festival grounds carried everything from beef jerky to Pepto Bismol, but condoms weren’t a big seller. Either love wasn’t in the air for music lovers this weekend, or folks were savvy enough to grab the free ones from the medical tent.
1:1 – ratio of man buns to flowered crowns spotted
We’ve been keeping track of what the hipsters are wearing this year, and they just can’t get enough of those man buns and those Lana Del Rey-style headpieces. We saw hundreds of each over the course of four days, so we’re calling this one a draw. We also saw a tie-dyed onesie in line at the Dim Sum truck, but photos just don’t do it justice.
4 – number of instruments played onstage by Robert Delong
Delong rocked the Stawamus stage with songs from last year’s “Long Way Down” EP and did the whole thing solo. The rising EDM star played keyboards, a tambourine, two different drum kits and a joystick connected to a MIDI interface.
2 – weight, in tons, of potatoes sold by Jeffer’s Fryzz this weekend
More than 80 food vendors packed the Squamish Valley Music Festival, selling everything from french fries to french toast to french vanilla ice cream. Best of all was the team at Jeffer’s who served up an awesome pulled pork poutine for the low-low price of $18.
361 – number of days until SVMF 2016
After a hugely successful weekend, event organizers were quick to announce that the seventh annual Squamish Valley Music Festival will take place next year on August 5 to 7.