The 1st annual Pemberton Music Festival | Pemberton Festival 2008 Photos

The 1st annual Pemberton Music Festival

By Aaron “A*maze” Joseph

One of British Columbia’s biggest celebrations of music was nothing short of amazing with over 60 musical acts in three days. The Pemberton Music Festival was a huge success and is now one of the music festivals to rival. The three-day event brought in over 40,000 people to the small community of Pemberton, B.C. a visitor rate that has never been present even in the valley’s gold rush days.

The inaugural year of the music festival was better than gold for some, especially with a lineup which included: Nine Inch Nails, Metric, Jay-Z, Coldplay, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Tragically Hip, Buck 65, N.E.R.D. & more. Music fans finally got the chance to witness firsthand what a music festival is all about, and would agree it was worth the wait and the distance.

The Crowd Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*

The crowd getting into it with all their wristbands Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**

Buck 65 Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**
Buck 65’s set on the Lillooet Stage

Chromeo Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Chromeo mixed it up for the people who managed to get into the Bacardi B-Live tent. The line up to get into the tent extended deep into the festival grounds.

A drunk at the camp site Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**
We think this guy may have had a little too much to drink.

The Flaming Lips Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
The Flaming Lips performing on the Mount Currie stage.

Houston Dunaway eating burgers Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Though overpriced, some of the food was pretty good. Right Houston?

Jay-Z Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Jay-Z live on the Mount Currie stage. The audience loved him.

JayZ Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**

Jay Z Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**

Kids at the supposed family event Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Despite the profanity, drug use and highly sexual vibe, the Pemberton Festival was a family event?

Matisyahu Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Matisyahu live on the Lillooet stage.

N.E.R.D. Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
They arrived late due to heavy Highway 99 traffic, but N.E.R.D.’s stage show made up for their lateness.

Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*

Sam Roberts Band Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Sam Roberts Band live on the Mount Currie stage.

Sam Roberts Band on the projection screen Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**

Serj Tankian of System of a Down Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**
Serj Tankian of System of a Down controlled the audience amazingly during his Mount Currie stage set.

The slip and slide Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Slip and slide action for the campers!

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers were the highlight for the older crowds.

The Main Stage in front of Mount Currie, Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**

Gordon Brownie of The Tragically Hip Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Gordon Brownie and the Tragically Hip put on a great show on the Mount Currie stage for their fellow Canadians.

Festival workers selling fruit Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**

The Bacardi dancer in the Bacardi tent Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
The infamous Bacardi B-Live tent.

Coldplays audience Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
A glimpse at the audience for Coldplay as they rounded off the event.

* Photo taken by Aaron Joseph. ** Photo taken by Hugo Lunny

The 1st annual Pemberton Music Festival | Pemberton Festival 2008 Photos