The five members of Langley band Derrival have won a chance to perform at the Squamish Valley Music Festival next month.
As the successful entrants in the Win the Stage contest, Derrival will bring their indie rock sound to the festival on Saturday, August 10.
Singer and guitarist Adam Mah said he was in line for the We Are The City show at the Vogue Theatre on Thursday (July 4) when he got a call informing him the band had won the contest.
“I was ecstatic,” he told the Straight by phone, describing the opportunity to play the festival as “pretty incredible”.
“This is just one of those shows that we’ve been wanting to play for quite a while now,” he said.
Derrival has released three recordings so far, including their single “Victoria Day”, which will feature on a seven-song album the band is planning to release within the next month. The band’s music, which Mah describes as experimental indie rock, is influenced by bands including Local Natives and We Are The City.
The members of the Langley act, which was formed in 2009, are between the ages of 18 and 19 years old.
Mah said he’s looking forward to catching Squamish acts including Vampire Weekend, Childish Gambino, Said the Whale and the Belle Game.
“I’m really hoping just to connect with a lot of people and talk to a lot of bands and people that we look up to, and kind of get ourselves out there,” he said. “And hopefully people will stop by where we’re playing and give us a listen and maybe buy an EP or a T-shirt or whatever.”
Paul Runnals, the executive producer of the Squamish Valley Music Festival, said the goal of the contest is to look for unsigned, emerging talent. He noted the top five bands were chosen through an online voting system, and were then ranked by a panel of judges to determine the winner.
The Squamish Valley Music Festival will take place on August 8, 9 and 10 at the Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields in Squamish.
Festival organizers announced this week that in 2014, the event will expand to a capacity of 35,000 people a day—a major increase from this year’s capacity of 19,000.
“Obviously the goal here is to be able to go after the top talent on the international festival circuit roster, so much in the same way as you would see the headliners of Osheaga or Lollapalooza or that sort of thing, that’s what we’re looking at for next year, and we’ve already begun some conversations with some of those artists," said Runnals. "Certainly a very exciting opportunity for what that’s going to look like come August next year."
The lineup next month includes acts such as Queens of the Stone Age, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Band of Horses, Divine Fits, Diamond Rings, Gogol Bordello, Jurassic 5, and Dan Mangan.