RCMP confirms one person dead at Pemberton Music Festival
The RCMP has confirmed to the Straight that there has been a death at the Pemberton Music Festival.
An officer said at this point that nobody had yet been appointed to speak to media. He added that an RCMP news conference may be held later in the evening, possibly around midnight.
The officer also confirmed that members of the RCMP's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) were on their way to the Pemberton festival site or already here. He was however quick to add that the presence of IHIT officers did not necessarily mean the death was a murder. He described it as a "precaution".
Huka Entertainment, the festival's New Orleans–based organizers, has released a brief statement.
"The Pemberton Music Festival can confirm that an incident has occurred in one of the festival campgrounds," the statement reads. "RCMP are onsite investigating. Huka Entertainment is working with Pemberton Fire and Rescue to care for campers who need to be relocated during the police investigation."
There is an observably heightened police presence in the "founders" section of the festival's camping area, where the death is believed to have occurred.
The festival is continuing without interruption. At the time of writing, night-one headliners Nine Inch Nails were continuing their set on the main stage.