2018 Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Jericho Beach Park, July 13 – 15
July is upon us and the forecast is as predictable as ever. Sun, sun, sun. When the skies are clear there is absolutely no reason to miss our beloved urban music festival by the beach. This coming Friday afternoon (July 13), the 22nd version of the festival kicks off at Jericho Park. Come for the views of the mountains and the access to the beach. Stay for the music and the family friendly vibe that can only be found at a folk festival.
This year’s festival has some acts sure to please, starting with the crowd pleasing sounds of Neko Case. Case is well known in these parts as a member of New Pornographers. Her new album Hell-On, her first offering in almost five years, is a fantastic and diverse collection of all Case can bring to the table. Delivered live on the main stage, Case will surely impress.
Australian Archie Roach is one that might just surprise late Saturday afternoon. Other acts that might not jump off the festival guide pages, but are worth investigating include country legend Rodney Crowell, indy folk quartet Darlingside who kick off the main stage Friday evening and an act not to be missed is Wazimbo & Banda Kakana from Mozambique, on Sunday’s main stage.
At the end of the day, the festival is all about exploration. The best advice to give a festival goer is to make sure to carve out time to see the acts one knows one must see while leaving some time to discover new music. We know the weather will cooperate, so all you need is an open mind and some sunscreen and an incredible weekend surely awaits.
Details and ticket information at thefestival.bc.ca.