“The Offspring are still touring?” might have popped into your head after reading the ’90s punk band will be hitting the stage in Ambleside Park this August.
Before you start revisiting hits like “The Kids Aren’t Alright” and “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)”, check out the rest of the bands playing Ambleside Music Festival, which includes a strong showing of local acts.
Presented by developer GSL Group, the three-day outdoor event runs Aug. 12-14.
British Columbia-based artists featured at the fest are Mother Mother, Marianas Trench, Jon and Roy, Hannah Georgas, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer and Little Destroyer.
Others include Walk Off The Earth, Charlotte Cardin, Grandson, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Ria Mae, Tokyo Police Club, Scott Helman, Valley, The Blue Stones and Virginia To Vegas.
Ambleside Music Festival’s producer Quinn Allen said curating the lineup was no small task.
“We really wanted the weekend to stand out,” he said. “The idea behind the lineup we built was to keep the acts fun and energetic while also making sure there was enough musical diversity that the weekend would appeal to a broad audience.”
Allen said it was also very important to incorporate local talent. “This is a festival for the people of the Greater Vancouver area, and we wanted to echo that feeling with this lineup.”
GSL president and CEO Graham Lee said the event will become an important mainstay of the community for years to come.
“Our vision is to make West Vancouver and the Ambleside Music Festival a key destination and calendar highlight for music on Canada’s West Coast,” he said.
GSL previously held Rock Ambleside Park festivals starting in 2017. An Ambleside Retro Musical Festival was slated for 2020 and 2021, but cancelled due to the pandemic.
On sale now, general admission weekend passes are $245 per person, and $122.50 per child. There are also VIP passes for $525, which include a private entrance, access to a VIP lounge, an elevated viewing area and dedicated washrooms.
The event will be partnering with One Tree Planted to plant one tree for every ticket sold, helping to restore forests recently damaged by wildfires and other natural disasters.
Ambleside Music Festival
Where: Ambleside Park. 1150 Marine Dr., West Vancouver
When: Aug. 12-14
Cost: General admission weekend, adults $245; kids, $122.50. VIP weekend, $525. These and more options on the festival website.