Vancouver’s innaugural SKOOKUM Festival in Stanley Park turned into an at-times rainy affair, but that didn’t stop music fans from showing up for three days of music, art, and food.
Festival organizer BRANDLIVE has reported that close to 50,000 people passed through the gates at Stanley Park’s Brockton Oval over a weekend that saw over 50 musical acts perform. SKOOKUM had set a cap on capacity at 20,000 attendees per day.
Friday’s lineup, headlined by the Arkells, drew an audience of 15,000, with Saturday’s bill featuring St. Vincent, Metric and top-billed Florence + the Machine the busiest of the three days with attendance of 18,500.
Sunday’s show, featuring Mother Mother, Father John Misty, and the Killers attracted 17,000.
Despite Vancouver having one of the hottest and driest summer’s on record, the weather didn’t exactly cooperate for SKOOKUM organizers, with at times-heavy rains falling on the site all three days.
Still, BRANDLIVE was happy with the event, with festival director Paul Runnals noting in a press release: “When we envisioned SKOOKUM, our goal was to create an event that was accessible, inclusive and sustainable. Our team wanted to produce a festival that would be unlike anything done before in this region, successfully incorporating food, art, culture and of course music. The response we had throughout the weekend was overwhelmingly positive.”
Part of that positivity was no reported medical emergencies or major incidents. Most attendees were from the Lower Mainland, with 18 percent of those onsite making the trek from out of town.
Next up for SKOOKUM organizers will be meeting with the Vancouver Park Board and representatives from local First Nations groups to look for a multi-year agreement that will bring the festival back to Stanley Park in 2019.