By Charlotte Karp
VANCOUVER – A music festival with home-cooked meals, helicopter rides, tipis, secret swimming holes, art installations, pancake breakfasts, and loads of live music? Hell yes! Grab your sleeping bags and head to Rock Creek this summer, because Ponderosa is where it’s at.
This music festival/giant party was created by Kia Zahrabi, Kris Hargrave, and some friends who wanted to chill out with people, food, and beats. When 100 people showed up, they joked about turning it in to a music festival, and a few weeks later — boom! They booked the site and Ponderosa was born.
“In our minds, Ponderosa is a big outdoor house party and as hosts we take it on personally to make sure everyone is having a good time,” says Hargrave.
“It’s also a bit of a family affair — my dad working the main gate, Kia’s dad setting up and selling local fruits and veg, so it’s got a real family feel. We also put a lot of effort into making sure our volunteers and artists are having a great time — the sense of community and vibe at Ponderosa kind of just happened all on its own. A good party is all in the details!”
What makes Ponderosa so fresh is the location, the chilled vibes, and the cost. You can get tickets to the festival, take a helicopter ride, sleep in a tipi, and have cash left over to make it rain all summer long.
“Having a historic site right by the river is a great start for any festival,” says Hargrave. “Get up, do some yoga, get in on the pancake breakfast, maybe a river float, then you add Ponderosa’s careful curation of live music with a heavy focus on home-grown BC talent and you find yourself immersed in a one of a kind BC experience.”
Along with sets from artists like The Courtneys, Wolf Parade, and Gang Signs, the festival has some new additions this year, including more markets, vendors, surprise pop-up sets and artist jams, an Art Installation Program, and a collaboration with Sofar Sounds, who will be around the site recording acoustic songs from some of the artists.
“We always put so much thought and effort into just how we want our lineup to flow throughout the weekend because each band plays a special part of the festival mix-tape,” says Hargrave. “Although, I must admit, I am insanely excited to see Wolf Parade outside under the stars!”
Grab some tickets, get your friends together, and road trip your way to this three-day extravaganza in the heart of BC.
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