New SKOOKUM festival promises three days of music, food, and art in Stanley Park

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      Vancouver is getting a new multi-day fall festival with music, food, and art components. 

      BRANDLIVE—the company which founded the Squamish Valley Music Festival—has announced that SKOOKUM will run from September 7-9, 2018 at Brockton field in Stanley Park. The event will have a capacity of 20,000 people per day. 

      In a press release, organizers said, “[SKOOKUM] will feature multiple stages of today’s best contemporary music across broad genres, styles and cultures. The site animation program will include branded environmental design elements; live and multimedia art installations, along with roaming talent and surprise pop-up performances. Meanwhile a sophisticated food and beverage program will provide unparalleled culinary experiences and tasting areas showcasing the best BC wines, craft beers and craft distilleries.”

      The weekend will also include events in Downtown Vancouver that will be known as “SKOOKUM After Dark”.

      The full festival line-up, including music acts, will be unveiled next spring.

      BRANDLIVE started LIVE at Squamish in 2010 with initial headliners including the likes of Bad Religion, the Decembrists, and Weezer. The festival—rebranded Squamish Valley Music Festival—grew to become a marquee event when mammoth promoter Live Nation came on board in 2012. Artists who subsquently appeared on the festival’s main stage included Eminem, Drake, Queens of the Stone Age, and Sam Smith. 

      Squamish Valley Music Festival announced its cancellation in early 2016.

      In the SKOOKUM press release, BRANDLIVE’s Paul Runnals (who is the new festival’s director) said the event was five years in the planning. Noting that accessibility and inclusivity were major priorities, he announced: “We want to evolve the festival experience and establish a new standard for creative expression across the three pillars of music, food and art—all set in one of the most spectacular locations in the world. SKOOKUM is the embodiment of this vision.”

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