by Slone Fox
VANCOUVER – With two already in the bag, the third Metalocalypstick Festival is set to kick ass from June 29 to July 2nd this summer in the town of Lone Butte, British Columbia. If it were a toddler, Metalocalypstick would be able to ride a tricycle. If it were in college, it would almost have a degree, but as a female-centred metal fest, it is the most beautifully raucous thing to hit British Columbia. With acts travelling from as far away as Mexico to join in on the empowering, inspiring, and probably super sweaty week of thrash, creator and organizer Kaija Kinney laid out the basis for what new attendees can expect:
“Everyone gets together and sings around the campfire and plays music and it’s just all these metal heads listening to, like, Aqua.” Kinney laughs. “Everyone just has so much fun, and a lot of the feedback I get is that they just love the energy of the festival. So many people make lifelong friends from this, and that’s, like, a fourth of the reason I do this.”
The other three fourths consist of female empowerment, giving Canadian metal bands a platform, and supporting local charities with the proceeds from ticket sales and camping passes. Proceeds from this year’s Metalocalypstick will go to organizations such as Earth Protectors, a group which helps to protect indigenous land from being commercialized, Girls Rock Camp, an organization which empowers young girls through music, as well as Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter. Donations will also be made to an additional charity chosen by the festival attendees.
As the front woman of the Vancouver-based metal band Anarcheon, Kinney knows first hand what it means to climb the musical ladder as a female performer. Although female-centric, Kinney puts emphasis on equality of the genders, rather than superiority, through Metalocalypstick.
“A lot of people are like, ‘Oh, inequality isn’t a big deal anymore,’ but it’s one woman for every hundred men in metal bands. There’s not one woman for every hundred men in the world, so why is that? It’s something that needs to be looked at.” says Kinney.
With over 20 female lead metal bands to look forward to including her own, Kinney still rejects the idea that the festival is a girls club:
“I really love to celebrate how men and women can work together and come up with something unique and cool, because the fact is that men and women are different and that’s okay and I think that we should celebrate that.”
Located in Lone Butte, a volcanic plug just outside of 100 Mile, festival goers of all ages are able to camp out for the duration of the festival in completely empowering, heavy metal filled isolation. A festival day pass including overnight camping goes for $50, or $90 for two days and three nights of camping. What’s more hardcore than camping on a volcano?
“The environment is really calming, and it’s nice to get away from the city. It just takes you out of your element, rather than a festival that doesn’t have camping and you just end up going home after.” says Kinney. “We also have an open jam at the very end once the headliners are done, so anyone can come up and play, even audience members if they ask to borrow an instrument. We just kind of have random people and band members get up and play.”
Metalocalypstick Festival runs from June 30-July 2 at the Lone Butte Community Hall in Lone Butte, BC.