Music for the Mountain Festival

Music for the MountainOn Sunday, July 29, 2007, the Nanaimo and Area Land Trust in partnership with the Mount Benson Legacy Group will present the second annual Music for the Mountain Festival on the Beban Park Sports Field, 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo. Headlining this fabulous event will be the Vancouver rock band 54-40 which will play songs from their new album Yes to Everything. Also appearing are Barney Bentall, John Mann, Headwater, Rubber Soul, Leslie Alexander and the Wild Rosehippies, Shane Phillip, Jerry Paquette and Mama's Kitchen, Kytami, Gerry Barnum, Sandy Jasper & Friends, and Coco Love Alcorn. The 2007 Music for the Mountain Festival promises to be Nanaimo's folk/rock event of the year.

This year's festival has been extended from seven hours to nine hours in order to accommodate this incredible line-up of West Coast music, featuring a wide range of musical styles and rhythms. The gates will open at 12:30 pm, with the music starting at 1:00 pm and continuing until around 10:00 pm. To handle all the performances smoothly, the festival grounds will feature two stages.

Other highlights of the festival include a beer garden sponsored by the Budweiser Big Rig featuring an interactive DJ experience, a barbeque of top quality BC wild West Coast salmon donated by Hub City Fisheries, 10 food vendors, merchandise tables by environmentally-minded agencies and businesses, a mobile climbing wall will be set up by the Romper Room, and of course a wonderful, wide grassy field that's perfect for picnics, playing frisbee, and watching the sun set behind Mount Benson!

General admission is a bargain at $35. For those who can afford it, VIP admission ($99) includes VIP parking adjacent to the field, access to a reserved viewing area right in front of the stages, entry to use a restricted outdoor VIP lounge above the beer garden, and a gift package that includes a voucher for a 2007 festival t-shirt. This year, VIP tickets will not include a designated and numbered seat in the VIP viewing area - VIP ticket-holders are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.

People who attended the festival last year discovered what a great family event it was. The mellow musical day was enjoyed by an audience of all ages - from very young to grandparents. Again this year, children 10 and under will be admitted free if accompanied by a responsible adult. A Kids Activity Centre on the site will feature dance, face painting, games, crafts, and water play.

Five outlets throughout Nanaimo are selling tickets: the NALT Office, No. 8 - 140 Wallace Street (downstairs), The Backyard Wild Bird & Nature Store, on Metral Drive near the Superstore at Woodgrove, Alberni Outpost, Country Club Mall, The Port Theatre, and the Beban Park Recreation Centre, 2300 Bowen Road. All profits from the festival will go toward buying land for the new regional park at Mount Benson's summit. For more information, (250) 754-8550 or (250) 714-1990.

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