Live at Squamish Invites Community for a Meet-and-Greet at the Adventure Centre

You can ask questions about the Live at Squamish event from organisers at a meet-and-greet on July 24. (Live at Squamish photo)

 By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: July 16, 2012

After snubbing Squamish for not being supportive enough, LIVE at Squamish is inviting local residents to a meet-and-greet at the Squamish Adventure Centre on Wednesday, July 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event producers are encouraging locals to come say hello, ask questions, provide feedback on the event, and ‘share the love we have for Squamish’.

Being only five weeks away from the festival, the LIVE at Squamish organisers want to ensure that Squamish locals are equipped with all the information they need to get involved and get excited, said Michelle Noble, the media relations spokesperson for the event.

Over the past two years, LIVE at Squamish has had a financial impact of $1.5 million, she said.

“With sold out hotels and campsites in Squamish each year, the town is always buzzing with new comers looking to enjoy great music and a beautiful town,” she added.

Last week, however, the executive producer of the LIVE at Squamish, Paul Runnals rued the lukewarm response the festival received from Squamish residents in ticket sales.   

In an interview with the Squamish Chief newspaper, Runnals said only 351 of the concert’s online ticket sales were purchased by people with Squamish postal codes last year.

The festival, he added, wasn’t ready to give up on Squamish, but his quote in the paper came across as a veiled threat.  

“There are always other places to stage events,” he said.

The LIVE at Squamish organisers have also attached a fact sheet to help people know more about the event.

WHERE TO BUY TICKETS – Buying in Squamish is cheaper! Buy from any of our 3 Squamish retailers to purchase the cheapest ticket on sale, while stocks last! Tickets can be purchased from the folks at Stuntwood (604 898 9800), Trinity Romance (604 892 2266) and the Squamish Adventure Centre (604 815 5084)

ROCK & ROLL CAMP AT BRENNAN PARK REC CENTRE – The District of Squamish has teamed up with LIVE at Squamish to offer a one-day camp for aspiring rock stars. Come ready to jam, play and ROCK! Suitable for all instrumentalists and vocalists. Camp will end with a backstage tour of the festival!

FREE ENTRY FOR KIDS UNDER 12 – Now in its third year LIVE at Squamish continues its tradition of allowing ankle biters under the age of 12 in for free!

VENDORS & LOCAL ARTISTS – Are you a local artist or vendor and want to get involved? LIVE at Squamish offers preferred rates for local artisans and vendors to join the ‘Squamish Bazar’. For more information contact us at: ineedhelp@liveatsquamish.com.

LOCAL RESTAURANTS – Are you a local restaurant and keen to get involved? LIVE at Squamish offers preferred rates to local restaurants looking to showcase their culinary talents. For more information contact us at: ineedhelp@liveatsquamish.com.

FESTIVAL TIMINGS – The festival allows for in and out privileges, which means many of our guests venture out into the town of Squamish for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Below is a list of our festival timings to give you and local businesses an idea of when to expect peak trading hours

Friday August 24th             Gates Open: 5:00pm        Gates Closed: Midnight

Saturday August 25th        Gates Open: 2:00pm        Gates Closed: Midnight
Sunday August 26th           Gates Open: 2:00pm        Gates Closed: 11:00pm

THE FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY! – Back again this year, LIVE at Squamish will open it’s gates to locals and weekend ticket holders for a special pre festival show. Featuring some great artists the Friday Night Hootenanny is sure to be…. A hoot. Entry is included with a Weekend Festival Ticket or $20 at the gate.