Wapiti turns three

Following two years of rocking and rolling, Wapiti is celebrating its third anniversary this summer.

Following two years of rocking and rolling, Wapiti is celebrating its third anniversary this summer. Fernie’s own music festival is back, with early bird ticket sales and band announcements coming up on Monday.

New this year, tickets are being sold on a tiered system. A weekend pass will start at $35, tax included, and work its way up to the gate price of $75 as each tier sells out. A bonus for families, children 12 and under as well as adults 65 and older, are free.

“You really want to get your tickets early because you don’t want to miss out on the cheap price,” explained Chantel Souliere, Marketing Manager. “Because this year is our third year, and we have been a really popular festival selling out every year, we might not have tickets at the gate. You don’t want to sit and wait and risk that.”

Coinciding with the release of the first round of ticket sales, stay tuned for the announcement of the 2013 Wapiti lineup happening Monday morning. Keeping with their focus on fresh indie music, Wapiti promises to continue bringing up-and-coming Canadian bands to town.

Souliere remarked, “We really hand selected these artists and went from coast to coast looking for hot bands.”

Also new this year is the first ever Wapiti t-shirt design contest. “Anyone can enter their Wapiti design, it can be as wacky or interesting or artistic as you want,” said Souliere. “It’s a chance to get your design on all the concert t-shirts.” Designs can be sent to contests@wapitimusicfestival.com.

Ticket sales and lineup announcements will launch on Monday, April 1, 10 a.m. at www.wapitimusicfestival.com. Tickets can also be purchased at Le Grand Fromage in downtown Fernie.

Wapiti Music Festival runs Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10 in Annex Park.