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PEMBERTON MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS JULY 14-17, 2016

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Huka Entertainment is pleased to announce that Pemberton Music Festival in Pemberton, BC will return for its third consecutive year on Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17, 2016. Pemberton Music Festival is Canada’s biggest camping, music and comedy festival, and last year’s event drew more than 115,000 fans and featured nearly 120 performances by 113 artists over four days.

A limited supply of Early Bird tickets, which allow fans to purchase advance festival passes at a discount, go on sale Friday, January 15, 2016 at 10:00am PST at PembertonMusicFestival.com.

“We’re very excited to be returning for a third year to the world’s most beautiful festival setting,” says A.J. Niland, Chairman and Chief Experience Officer of Huka Entertainment. “We look forward to continuing to grow Pemberton Music Festival with world class artists, passionate fans and the welcoming Village of Pemberton.”

“Pemberton Music Festival exemplifies our strategy – to create memorable experiences at destination locations,” says Evan Harrison who was recently named Huka CEO. “Our fans are incredibly engaged, they provide tremendous feedback which we take to heart and utilize in enhancing Pemby Fest year after year.”

Early Bird ticket prices start at $270 for four-day General Admission festival passes. Four-day VIP festival passes start at $699, which includes a choice of camping or shuttle. Four-day Super VIP festival passes start at a price of $1,499, which includes a choice of camping or shuttle.

New for 2016, instead of each camper purchasing an individual camping pass, camping passes will now be sold per campsite and will accommodate up to four people. Camping passes are $199 and will be available to purchase with a festival ticket. For campers who choose to drive, parking passes are $29 per car. Shuttle passes will also be available for fans staying in nearby Whistler and are $99 per person.

Also new to camping this year, Pemberton Music Festival campers, when buying their tickets, will choose to camp in either the energetic North Campground or the South Campground, a more relaxing area with closer parking options. The festival site is the dividing line between the two campgrounds.

Full ticketing details and 2016 prices are available now at www.pembertonmusicfestival.com

Pemberton Music Festival is a four-day contemporary music festival in British Columbia’s scenic Pemberton Valley, near the foot of majestic Mt. Currie. Produced and promoted by Huka Entertainment, in collaboration with the Village of Pemberton and land partners the Sunstone Group, the Lil’wat Nation and Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, the festival turns Pemberton Valley, located less than thirty minutes from Whistler, BC, into a premiere musical playground.

The 2015 Pemberton Music Festival featured such world renowned artists as Kendrick Lamar, The Black Keys, J. Cole, Tiësto, Hozier, Kid Cudi, Missy Elliott, Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, Broken Social Scene, Alice Cooper, Ludacris, Chromeo, Full Flex Express featuring Jack Ü (Skrillex + Diplo), ZEDS DEAD, A$AP Ferg, Tycho, Hundred Waters & Anna Lunoe B2B Mija, Tim & Eric, Nick Offerman, Reggie Watts, Doug Benson and more.

The festival provides a blend of on-site camping and off-site hotel lodging options. While camping options will allow attendees to stay directly on festival grounds, those seeking the comforts of a home away from home can secure traditional lodging in nearby Whistler, BC. Non-camping patrons will have access to festival-supplied transportation, including shuttles from Whistler.

Campgrounds for 2016 will build upon the expansions that were introduced at last year’s festival. Notable improvements this year will include streamlined entrance and exit and a brand new camping ambassador program that will help maintain and preserve the beautiful festival site. The camping ambassadors will be on-site throughout the duration of the festival and will help guide campers during load-in, hand out trash bags and provide helpful information packets.

“As camping is one of the staples of Pemberton Music Festival, we have taken advice and suggestions from our fans and incorporated them into this year’s festival,” says Niland. “We will continue to provide transportation assistance from parking lots to the campgrounds and are offering the option to camp close to a parking lot – both of which should make for an enjoyable experience for our fans.”

Other returning amenities will include specialized food offerings for VIP patrons as well as water filling stations, showers and more in the campgrounds.

Pemberton Music Festival is also proud to welcome its partners Molson Canadian and Somersby Cider to its 2016 event.

For more information, please visit Pemberton Music Festival on the following platforms:

Web: www.pembertonmusicfestival.com

Twitter: @Pemberton_Fest

FB: www.facebook.com/PembertonMusicFestival

Instagram: www.instagram.com/pemberton_fest/

Snapchat: Pembyfest

 

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Chris Ostler Unleashes Electrifying New EP ‘CO2’

Chris Ostler is back with a bang, releasing his latest EP titled CO2, a follow-up to his highly acclaimed CO1 album.

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Renowned British musician Chris Ostler is back with a bang, releasing his latest EP titled CO2, a follow-up to his highly acclaimed CO1 album. Packed with funk-rock anthems and heartfelt messages, CO2 showcases Ostler’s signature blend of high energy, emotion, and captivating storytelling. Proudly neurodivergent, Chris wishes to help others, using music to make a positive difference in the world. Chris’ autism only serves to enhance the way he writes and plays.

CO2 delivers a dynamic collection of funk-rock tracks that resonate with sincerity and power. Building on the success of his recent singles like ‘Funk in the Trunk,’ ‘The Sun & The Moon,’ and the introspective ‘Anxious Boy,’ the EP introduces three new addictive offerings: ‘Open Road,’ ‘Who Knows,’ and ‘Jam it up Muso.’ plus an acoustic release of ‘The Sun & The Moon’. Each track is infused with Ostler’s vocal prowess and passion, accompanied by electrifying guitar riffs that leave listeners craving more.

Ostler’s songwriting prowess shines through in CO2, offering listeners a glimpse into his raw emotions transformed into beautiful chords and choruses. From the romantic personification in ‘The Sun & The Moon,’ capturing the struggle of distant souls yearning to be together, to the earnest sincerity of ‘Jam it up Muso,’ with its funky-rock vibe and harmonious guitar melodies, each song on the EP resonates with authenticity and depth.

Ostler states, “I want to share with listeners and help them relive the immensity and power of life itself; we have so many emotional experiences, some amazingly positive, and of course, some challenging, but through music we can collectively support each other and enjoy the beauty of everything we experience. If we’re writing our own melodies of life, let’s make them as colourful as possible.”

Hailing from Exeter, Chris Ostler has captivated audiences nationwide with his charismatic presence and lively performances. His talent has earned him the privilege of opening for international artists like Joan Armatrading and Chris Barron (Spin Doctors). Supported by BBC Radio stations across the UK, including Devon, Leicester, and BBC Introducing Southwest, Ostler continues to make waves in the music industry with his electrifying sound and heartfelt storytelling.

Chris Ostler "CO2" album artwork

Chris Ostler “CO2” album artwork

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Buckstein Premieres His Good-Time Single, “Ride with You”

Country artist Buckstein wants you to have a good time with the premiere of his fun-loving new single “Ride with You.”

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Buckstein, photo by Jason Myers
Buckstein, photo by Jason Myers

Out of all the major genres of American music, Country is the one that’s just as much a lifestyle as it is a genre; just ask our featured artist Buckstein, and he’ll tell you. Today, the singer-songwriter reveals his new single, “Ride with You.” He has been a lifelong loyalist to the Country sound and way of life, and “Ride with You” gives you a good indication of that.

It’s more than just a country tune, though, with its heavy guitar-driven approach. It’s certainly a good-time kind of tune, one that would play well at a Country bar. Imagine a live band and plenty of drinks being shared amongst friends. Buckstein refers to himself as a man of country music, and it’s that down-to-earth, free-flowing attitude that makes him so easy to like.

Discussing his new single, Buckstein tells us:

“‘Ride With You’ invokes the feeling of a buzzing, neon-soaked bar where you’re two beers too deep and still gunning for more. It’s a night out where anything can happen, and you never know where you’re going to wind up. You might lose yourself in a scene, or someone, or a song.

“After writing a few lyrics, we decided we wanted a constant ‘chant’ in the song and ‘find a little love in the haystack’ came out of the blue, but it sounded good so it stuck. I also get to play a bit of a character in this tune which was super fun for me. I’m really looking forward to bringing that to the live performance.”

Straight up, no-nonsense, and 100 percent authentic, Buckstein keeps true to the cowboy code he grew up with. He views Country as a way to communicate, a medium to speak the truth and build a strong sense of community. His ultimate goal is to bring soul to everything he does, a passion that is easy for his listeners to relate to. Buckstein’s music is structured around classical ideals like honesty, integrity, facing your fears, and love. These are universal values that help make him more appealing than just an artist.

One of the best decisions Buckstein ever made was to join a few friends at an American Idol audition. It was when the auditions made their way through his native city of Denver. He didn’t take it very seriously at the time, but he ended up getting through and made it onto the show. He made it as far as the finale of the show’s fifth season. That decision to tag along for the audition was a life-changing move. The success and confidence he derived from being on the show have led him to this point today. Buckstein has paid his dues and nicely set himself up as one of the brightest young names in Country today.

Buckstein “Ride with You” single artwork

Buckstein “Ride with You” single artwork

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Letters Sent Home Release New Single “Ignorance” (feat. Sumner Peterson)

On February 19th, German quartet Letters Sent Home released their newest single, “Ignorance,” featuring Dead Lakes vocalist Sumner Peterson.

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Letters Sent Home, photo by Jana Boese
Letters Sent Home, photo by Jana Boese

On February 19th, German quartet Letters Sent Home released their newest single, “Ignorance,” featuring Dead Lakes vocalist Sumner Peterson via SharpTone Records off their upcoming debut album Forever Undone.

The band said of the latest release:

“‘Ignorance’ represents the frustration and helplessness of young people regarding the climate crisis. At the same time, it is begging the people in power to start working with us to try and save the planet.”

Recently, Letters Sent Home announced their debut album, Forever Undone, set to be released on April 12 via SharpTone Records. The album features new single “Ignorance” as well as recently released singles “Request Denied,” “Elements,” and “I Hope I Die First,” alongside seven new, ambitious tracks.

Vocalist Emily Paschke said of the of the upcoming record:

“We have been told that people mostly like our music due to relatability and personality in our songs. We believe to have pushed this to an extreme, for this album is as personal as it could possibly get. I am truly nervous about some of these songs being heard by certain people but writing this album has been very therapeutic in the way that I finally started dealing with stuff I have been consciously and subconsciously ignoring for the past years.”

Across three well-received EPs of “sad, hard music,” the German quartet has made their name as a band that match infectious melody and huge choruses with the lyrical depth and heart of people with a lot to say.

Letters Sent Home ‘Forever Undone’ album artwork

Letters Sent Home ‘Forever Undone’ album artwork

Forever Undone Track Listing:

1. Earthquake
2. Request Denied
3. Ignorance
4. Pedestal
5. Elements
6. Hysteria
7. Seven
8. Gaslight
9. Sadists
10. Final Battle
11. I hope I die first.

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