Tall Tree Music Festival


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By Hollie McGowan
June 27-29, 2014

PORT RENFREW — Another year, another successful Tall Tree Music Festival! Situated on the side of a mountain located in Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, a mass of music fanatics and festival addicts gathered together in animal suits of all kinds for another round of music and good old-fashioned, ridiculously silly fun. Lining up at the base of the mountain on Friday afternoon, vehicles overflowing with outdoor festival gear, this motley crew eagerly awaited what the weekend had in store. And judging by the multitude of laughs and smiles that strew about the festival grounds over the next three days, it was worth it.

Although Tall Tree showcases a multitude of musical talent both nationally and internationally, here’s your review of the weekend’s electronic music acts.

Friday: (Tall Tree Stage) Neon Steve kicked it off with a high energy, genre blending set to get the crowds going. Afterward, Mykee laid down some house music vibes, WMNStudies brought their funky favor to the line-up, ruckus rebel rousers Wood N Soo continued rocking the party, and old school BC legend, Vinyl Richie, brought it all home with his signature style. (Valley Stage) Pigeon Hole kept the party rolling along in between bands, and Ski Tour closed the Valley Stage with a bang for the evening. (Spirit Tree Stage) Laggards opened the Spirit Stage with some solid bassy goodness, then Philthkids got the crowds seriously moving their feet to some off-the-hook juke/footwork, followed by some diverse bass-heavy beats from BC favourite, Mat the Alien, and some funky fun from DJ Trevor to close the tent for the night.

Saturday: (Tall Tree Stage) Primitive to kick off the electronic acts for Saturday, hip hop from Degree One, a funky dance party from Murge, and last but not least, the infamous Smalltown DJs laid down some serious high energy beats. (Spirit Stage) Righteous Rainbows opened the Spirit Stage for its second night and for none other than legendary Tipper, all the way from the U.K. playing a timeless Tipper glitch-hop/drum and bass set. Up next, Nordic Soul with some house and techno grooves to continue providing the masses with quality sounds, some high-tech synth-house beats from Natron, and Matt Rose to close the stage with more house and techno till the wee hours of the morning.

Sunday: (Tall Tree Stage) Futuristic four to the floor beats from Sam Demoe to begin, breaks from Funkee Wadd, local jungle/drum and bass frontrunner Willisist keeping the spirit of D’n’B alive and well, hip hop from Son Real, Outsider maintaining the high-energy atmosphere between sets, and one-of-a-kind live electronic act to blow your mind from local techno hero, Long Walk Short Dock. (Valley Stage) Turntablist DJ Anger held it down in between rock band sets at the Valley Stage for the stages’ last round. (Spirit Tree Stage) For the final party of Tall Tree, Mr. Moe opened the Spirit Stage with some deep house grooves, followed by a live electronic set from one of Canada’s latest gems to recently emerge, Sabota. More deep house from Monolithium and Max Ulis to keeping the energy at healthy pace, and ESB and Koosh ending the weekend with some nu disco mixed in with the classics for the last party warriors standing.

With such a wide array of musical genres and talent, there was something for just about everyone this year at Tall Tree. From folk to hip hop to techno to rock, this event was jam packed with a diverse range of sounds. For those who came to dive deep into the ocean of electronic music and submerse themselves in the rhythm of the dance, this festival provided them with a nice assortment to choose from in order to keep their feet moving till the wee hours of the morning. Tall Tree featured many local Canadian performers from various regions throughout the country, with a few foreign headliners here and there to spice things up. Reminiscent of Soundwave, Tall Tree Music Festival is successfully holding it down on Vancouver Island during outdoor festival season for music lovers and party hooligans far and wide.

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