Wapiti Music Festival sees record-breaking year

Over one-hundred-and-fifty volunteers, musicians and artists made the seventh annual Wapiti Music Festival possible for over 2000 attendees, August 11-12.

Tickets had sold out on Saturday by 4 p.m., forcing volunteers to turn guests away. This is the earliest Wapiti has ever sold out.

“It was fantastic, a huge success,” said Wapiti Music Festival stage manager, Troy Cook.

The festival, already a favourite among locals, has evidently been discovered by visitors. This year, tickets were purchased from all over Canada and throughout North Western USA.

“This was a brilliant year for us. We were packed in, but with plenty of room left for the dance floor. Our advance sales were twice that of any previous years and our own branded merchandise sold out in hours. We’ll take that back to planning. The energy level this year was off the charts. It was humbling,” said Wapiti Music Festival director, Kevin McIsaac.

 

Sam Weber and his band performed Friday afternoon. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Kylan Barlow plays at the music station. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Belle Game. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press Belle Game. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Royal Canoe. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Dawson Rutledge cheering on Royal Canoe. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Passersby could be seen on the river behind the festival. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Tokyo Police Club. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Once the sun set, the landscape turned into a dreamscape. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Fans celebrate during Five Alarm Funk’s performance. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

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