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4.20 questions with the heads of Calgary’s annual green party 

Thursday 12th, April 2018 / 10:00
By Mr. Slate 

 

Hemp hearts of the New West.  
Photo by Mario Montes

CALGARY – After we caught wind of the 420 Music and Arts Festival’s immanent return, we were compelled to track down organizers of the annual psych-rock smoke show, CC Getty and Celestia Scarlett. The Metalheads United promoters gave us the 411 on Calgary’s three-day long and two-dozen band strong celebration of cannabis culture. 

 

BeatRoute: What are you most looking forward to about this year’s three-day event?
420Fest: Dopethrone, for sure! It took having one festival under our belt to show them we knew what we were doing. Having desert rock legend Brant Bjork in to disc jockey live on 4/20 will be rad! He’ll be bringing up a crate of wicked ‘vinyls’ that he’s picked out specifically for that night. We’re also stoked to welcome Californian’s Sasquatch (Los Angeles) and The Great Electric Quest (San Diego), who will be performing Canada for the first time. We’ve had so many requests to bring back, highlight of the 2017 installment, La Chinga (Vancouver, BC), that we simply had to invite them to return and play an even longer set. And, be sure to check out the great Derek Mendozza and his influential [British Columbia]-based bands Mendozza and Chunkasaurus!  

 

BR: What homegrown selections will you be showcasing? 

420Fest: Local (Calgary, AB) bands Buffalo Bud Buster, The Electric Revival, Bazaraba and Set & Stoned will be returning to our stage. Meanwhile, the likes of Electric Owl, Haaze, Solid Brown, Raw, & Pelican Death Squad will all be making their 420 Festival debuts this year. And, we are thrilled to be introducing Gin Lahey, a potent-but-sweet hybrid featuring members from Chron Goblin and Witchstone, who will be making their first appearance (anywhere) at our Festival. Calgary’s original hemp store the Hemporium will be there again this year and handsome Mammoth Beard Co. will be sponsoring the 420 Beard Contest. Last but not least, The Perogy Boyz and Waffles & Chix food trucks will be onsite to satiate of any munchies that may arise.  

 

BR: Words of wisdom on how to best approach and enjoy the Fest?  

420Fest: Get your passes or tickets in advance from Distortion, Sloth Records or Deadly Tattoos to save on service fees and get through the line a little faster. Be sure to arrive early to see all the bands. There are always special rewards for those that do show up in advance. And don’t forget, to hit the bank machine before you come as Distortion is a cash only bar (and so are most of our vendors). Take advantage of the Festival’s convenient location and get a room at the Days Inn, so you can party all weekend long!  

 

BR: Lessons learned and new improvements?
420Fest: We decided to have our ‘420 Expo’ with all kinds of artists and craftspeople set up during the Festival evenings, instead of separately, to give attendees even more to enjoy during the musical performances. The biggest lesson we’ve learned is that we can’t take any time off. We’ve come to realize that, in order to build something bigger and better, we’ve got to approach this Festival as a full-time job and a year-round operation. In fact, we’ve already begun booking acts for 2019!  

 

420 Music and Arts Festival runs from April 19 until April 21 at Distortion (Calgary). For more information on the line-up and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.420musicandartsfestival.ca/ 

 

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