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5 Contemporary BC Festivals to Expand Your Musical Horizons

BC Festivals

As we all know, last year’s festival season was one for the ages in the province of BC. And if you’re anything like the team at DMNW, then you straight up love music festivals. But not just EDM festivals, all types of music festivals! Although the beats running through our heads are mostly filled with computer glitches, wobbly basslines, and sounds from another planet, that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy the organic crunch of a live band from time to time.

That’s why DMNW is bringing you a guide to 5 BC festivals that fall outside the definition of an electronic event. Festivals that hand pick the best artists from the world of music, no matter what instruments they play! But don’t worry, each of these gatherings still have some EDM elements buried somewhere in the lineup. After all, we wouldn’t want you to feel out of place.

Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival

June 22 – 26, Victoria, BC

Our first option for your summer celebrations awaits you in the form of the Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival. While skankin’ may or may not have been a part of your past, if you read this publication it’s definitely a part of your present. The dance world would sound very different these days if ska and reggae didn’t exist, as they lend so much to the sounds of hip-hop, dubstep, and drum & bass. What started as a school project has blossomed into the longest running ska festival in North America, bringing with it some legendary names over the years.

Victoria, Ska Fest, Mos Def

Photo Credit: Daniel Rochat Photography

2016 will be year number 17 for Ska Fest, which is executed to perfection by the non-profit Victoria BC Ska Society. Taking place in Victoria’s inner harbor and other various downtown locations, the Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival brings the love and happiness that is synonymous with the scene around the world. So dust off your skankin’ shoes and make sure to pick up your tickets today!

Previous headliners: Toots and the Maytals, Mos Def, The Slackers, Shaggy, Fishbone, Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Tickets: Available here

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