Day-tripping: festival offers great music in the great outdoors

For as long as we’ve enjoyed car camping, weekend retreats featuring music and the great outdoors have gone hand-in-hand.

Now the Element Music Festival proposes to deliver a weekend of great music in a place that organizers describe as “untamed wilderness for as far as the eye can see” with endless “trails for hiking and mountain biking, a clear mountain lake to cool down in during the day and amazing live music to fill your soul all night long.”

The festival is scheduled forJuly 26 – 29 at the Snug Lake Amphitheatre, located about 40 km north of Princeton on Hwy, 5A.

“Element is a music festival in the vein of the vintage jam festivals, where collaboration between bands and musicians is not only welcomed, but heavily encouraged,” explained director Keith Duggan.

“Our vision is derived from being fans of the music itself and is specifically calculated to cater to the guests’ experience.”

The line-up over three evenings includes Lotus, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Spafford, Particle, Genetics, Yak Attack, McTuff, GD/BC, The Unfaithful Servants, Baked Potato & Naryan Padmanabha with Artists at Large: Jen Hartswick, Natalie Cressman and Jason Hann.

Element also plans to offer an array of enjoyable activities for festival patrons, including lakeside yoga with musical accompaniment every morning, freshwater fishing in Snug or one of the numerous other nearby lakes, an art gallery showcasing some of BC’s finest painters and graphic artists, workshops teaching candle and incense making, a kid’s zone with face painters, giant bubbles and all sorts of other fun family activities, a collection of creative and interactive art installations and a vending village filled with food trucks as well as clothing and craft vendors.

While Tier 1 weekend passes are sold out, some Tier 2 passes — at $300 — are available. The Tier 2 passes include entrance to the full festival, a car-camping pass, access to the late-night shows and a BYOB wristband.

Day passes, which include overnight camping, are also available for $100.

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