At a wildly successful party in Vancouver, jean shorts-clad Ponderosa Festival founders Kris Hargrave and Kia Zahrabi announced the full lineup for its 2015 installment. This year, headlining acts include Mounties, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Bear Mountain, Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party, and Fake Shark Real Zombie, all hailing from Vancouver. Joining from Washington, DC, are funk-fusion gurus Fort Knox Five, and after a performance that left the crowd reeling at last year’s festival, Gay Nineties will return.
Other acts include an array of DJs, indie rock bands, electronic acts, and more, from all over the map, including: Pumpkin, Honey Beard, Rhoneil, SAVVIE, cAthedrAls, Jaguar, Cam Penner, Tiger Moon, El Garzita, Kandle & The Krooks, High Ends, Harold Nix, Giraffe Aftermath, Lio, and Catlow. Performances will be spread over three days and two stages.
Ponderosa is not your typical festival. It remains proudly independent, affordable, and fresh as heck. Early bird three-day passes are sold out! Full price tickets are still available for only $125, and include music all weekend, camping in the pristine setting of Rock Creek with access to swimming in the Kettle River, fresh running water, hot showers, morning yoga, pancake breakfast, and food and artist vendors. For $25 more, festival goers can secure riverside camping, where the river will be bubbling at your back door. Traditional tenting isn’t your thing? Glamping option are also available this year.
Kris and Kia personally choose the bands and artists who attend. Past years have seen acts like Montreal’s Plants & Animals, Vancouver’s Jay Malinowski & The Deadcoast, Portland’s Blouse and Wampire, and dozens of others from across the province and beyond like The Gay Nineties, Bend Sinister, No Sinner, Braids, and Ladyhawk.
And, as an all ages event, everyone is welcome. From groups of friends dancing to late night DJs to toddlers playing in the grass in the midday sun, Ponderosa is fit and fun for everyone.
This summer, ditch the long lineups, the overpriced food, and the sky-high ticket prices. Get fresh with Ponderosa!
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