Poking the Sleeping Bear

By Charelle evelyn on june 25 2014

THIS ISN’T THE TIME
TO HIT THE SNOOZE
BUTTON. NOT WHEN
THERE’S THREE DAYS
OF MUSIC, ART AND
GETTING WEIRD TO
EXPERIENCE.

The inaugural Awakening electronic music festival rises and shines July 11-14 in the Sukunka Valley (about 70 kilometres south of Chetwynd), promising world-class DJs, artists, performers, spiritual healing, learning and more. The 19+ event is drug and alcohol free in a cell phone service void, which means attendees can focus on music, dancing and however else the spirit moves them once the gates open on July 11.

The line up includes artists from Prince George, Fort St. John, Vancouver, Calgary, Vernon, Grande Prairie, the U.K. and more with names like Stickybuds, Jpod, Neon Steve, Lou Potter, Whipped Cream, Blu J, Kona, JayFresh, Kursa, Shamanic Technology, Ricky Business, Jimi Smyth, and dron3 populating the bill. There’s a method behind the madness in selecting artists for the first outing, said festival performer and talent manager DJ Nige (a.k.a. Nigel Rimmer).

“Our goal was to try and connect and unite as many different groups as possible from all around B.C.,” Nige said. “We know that if we’re getting DJs from different cities in B.C., they’ll be bringing their friends and their groups to unite and have one big, northern B.C. experience.” The Sukunka Valley venue can

hold thousands of people, but in its infancy, organizers are hoping for anywhere between 500 to 1,000 festival-goers to cross the gates. In addition to the music, there will also be hooping classes, yoga instructors, reiki healing, harm reduction, public art projects, meditation as well as art, clothing and food vendors. “I think the ultimate goal is just to be a part of something from the ground up and start something that hasn’t been there before.

We’re hoping to eventually get to the point where we are on the major festival circuit in Western Canada” said Nige. “People are coming from all over Northern BC, several cities in Alberta, we’ve got crews coming from the Kootenays and as far south as Vancouver & the island. The support has been overwhelming especially in the first year.” Smaller communities don’t always have the population to support the kinds of shows that would allow people to see their favourite acts.

“We’re creating an central place for them to go, an outlet to do that,” Nige said. And for those behind the decks, it also provides an opportunity to play in front of a major crowd – something Nige himself is looking forward to. “I’m so stoked to get a chance to perform on such a huge stage alongside some of my idols!” Early tickets are still available for $100. Visit www. valleyawakening.com for more info.

 

CHARELLE EVELYN

REPORTER FOR THE PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN

Journalist, west coast native, music lover. Made in Canada.

Website: pgcitizen.ca

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