Squamish Fest 2014 aerial footage reveals that party was even bigger than you thought

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      Live Nation has released a short video from day three of the Squamish Valley Music Festival that includes some pretty spectacular footage of 60,000 middle fingers in the air.

      The third installment in the series is mostly comprised of tape from Eminem’s closing performance on the Tantalus Stage, but Arctic Monkeys and quick shots of a few other bands are in there, too.

      I attended a few hours of day two and even during Arcade Fire’s primetime slot, I found myself wondering why organizers cleared so much additional space for the main stage compared to previous years. Aerial footage from this video makes pretty clear that the reason why was Marshall Bruce Mathers III. That’s a whole lot of rap god followers losing themselves in the moment.

      Here’s that video plus the previous two installments. And while we have your attention, head over to Straight.com/squamishfestival for everything else Squamish Fest 2014.

      Day three

      Day two

      Day one


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      Ronalda Watts

      Aug 12, 2014 at 6:53pm

      Eminem was really the only reason why I wanted to go. Booo!! I should have bought the tickets lonnnggg ago

      David Whitelock

      Aug 13, 2014 at 12:02am

      Actually I don't think they brought that size of stage in just for Eminens production requirements, I think it was also the chance for Stageline to bring in their new SAM750 (Worlds biggest portable stage) to the West Coast for the first time.

      Chelsea Dixon

      Aug 13, 2014 at 1:12am

      @David "cleared so much additional space" in reference to the crowd area around the stage, not the size of the actual stage.


      Aug 13, 2014 at 4:30pm

      Might want to check your figures. There were not 60,000 people attending on Sunday. Maximum capacity for the venue daily was 35,000.


      Aug 13, 2014 at 5:09pm

      Might want to check your hands for how many middle fingers you have on them.

      David Whitelock

      Aug 14, 2014 at 12:11am

      @ Chelsea. "I found myself wondering why organizers cleared so much additional space for the main stage compared to previous years" That suggests to me the staging area and not the crowd holding area. I beleive the writer is talking about the actual size of stage which is massive.


      Aug 14, 2014 at 1:47pm

      which is it 60,000 or 30,000? i read 100,000 estimated attended the festival.. lol


      Aug 14, 2014 at 9:57pm

      The Tantalus wasn't a Stageline, nor was it mobile.


      Aug 16, 2014 at 6:25pm

      great concert cant wait til next year but don't ruin things by being greedy and and packing in too many people the number this year was awesome too many and you are going to have problems