Malcolm Biddle from the band DadaPlan at the 2016 Ponderosa Festival in Rock Creek. Western News file photo

Ponderosa Festival announce some of their lineup

Ponderosa festival features an array of emerging music artists from across B.C. and the country

The lineup for the 2017 Ponderosa festival features an array of emerging music artists from across B.C. and the country.

Headlining acts at the festival taking place Aug. 18 to 20 in Rock Creek include Toronto’s Austra and Montreal-based Wolf Parade, plus from Vancouver Fake Shark, Bear Mountain, and Five Alarm Funk.

Organizers say Ponderosa is not your typical music festival. For five years, it has remained proudly independent, intimate, affordable, and extremely fresh. As an all ages event, everyone is welcome. From groups of friends dancing to late night DJs to toddlers playing in the grass in the midday sun.

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Festival founders Kris Hargrave and Kia Zahrabi are encouraging people to scrap the lineups, the overpriced food, and sky-high ticket prices this summer and join them at Ponderosa.

Performances begin as the sun sets on Friday and run through Sunday night on two intimate stages.

Others include an array of established and emerging indie rock, folk/roots, and electronic artists from the Okanagan, Boundary Region, Lower Mainland, and beyond including: Art D’ecco, Bandida, Croatia, Coco Jafro, The Courtneys, Gang Signs, Full Moon Riot, H.O.T., Head Hangs Heavy, IMUR, Jon Cohen Experimental, Lauren Webb, Little Destroyer, Wet Secrets, Tiger Moon, Tonye Aganaba and more to be announced soon.

Early Bird weekend passes are sold out and limited Tier 1 Weekend passes are available at only $149. Each of the weekend passes include:

• 24 carefully curated musical performances all weekend

• three nights of camping in the pristine setting of Rock Creek

• access to swimming and tubing in the Kettle River

• fresh drinking water

• hot showers

• morning yoga

• pancake breakfast

• free parking

• cell phone charging stations

• all ages welcome

And access to:

• food and vendor markets

• The Ponderosa Artist Alley and our new art installations

• round-trip travel packages from Vancouver and Calgary

• hand-picked winery, distillery, brewery, coffee and Okanagan fruit stand stop-offs

• and helicopter tours of the Kettle Valley

For $33 more, festival goers can secure riverside camping, where the river will be bubbling at your back

door. Traditional tenting isn’t your thing? Glamping options are also available this year with the

Ponderosa Tipi Experience. Along with that, don’t forget to check out all the other awesome festival add ons

at the ticket checkout like the RV and campervan site passes or the Ponderosa bus passes from Vancouver and Calgary

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