15 great indie artists to check at Pemby Fest

A list of 15 of the best underground acts to grace Pemberton in 2015.

Hundred Waters performing
Hundred Waters play among many fantastic bands slotted at Pemberton Music Festival in 2015.


Allie X (Mount Currie 3-4 p.m.)

Toronto synth-pop songstress, danse macabre.

Gay Nineties (Pemberton 4-5 p.m.)

Local pop rockers with an exuberant live show.

BADBADNOTGOOD (Bass Camp 1-2 a.m.)

Beat-makers, risk takers, jazz nerds. These Toronto boys just released an album with Ghostface Killah—SAY WHAT? (Warning: video contains offensive language.)


Courtney Barnett (Whistler 1:15-2:15 p.m.)

This dear Australian sing-talker put out this year’s best rock record.


Shakey Graves (Pemberton 1:30-2:30 p.m.)

Texas stomp-box whiskey rock—helluva good time.

tUnE-yArDs (Whistler 3:15-4:30 p.m.)

Merrill Garbill is one of the great loop-stationers of our generation, always face-painted to the nines.

Run The Jewels (Pemberton 3:45-4:45 p.m.)

This unexpected pair of 40-year-olds released everyone’s favourite rap record of 2014. Also, Killer Mike is now a regular political pundit. (Warning: video contains offensive language and violence.)


Pomo (Bass Camp 12:15-1:15 p.m.)

Well, his name’s Pomo (which is pretty awesome), and he’s one of Vancouver’s best electronic musicians.

Earl Sweatshirt (Pemberton 1:30-2:30 p.m.)

He released his debut album Earl at 16 to mass proclamations of rap genius; in 2015, he continues to hone his masterful craft. Oh, and he’s Kendrick Lamar’s favourite artist. (Warning: video contains offensive language.)

Father John Misty (Mount Currie 2:30-3:30 p.m.)

I bet you didn’t know the drummer from Fleet Foxes had such a colourful personality.


Hundred Waters (Bass Camp 3:15-4:15 p.m.)

These genre-destroyers have one of the most visually spectacular live shows you’ll ever see.

Sango (Bass Camp 4:30-5:30 p.m.)

Michigan producer spinning some seriously smooth beat music. (Warning: song contains offensive language.)

Tobias Jesso Jr. (Mount Currie 4:30-5:30 p.m.)

Formerly of Vancouver’s The Sessions, Tobias Jesso Jr. is the emotive piano man that will surely break your heart.

Real Estate (Whistler 5:30-6:45 p.m.)

Quintessential festival music: sip your beer, close your eyes, and sway.

A$AP Ferg (Bass Camp 7:00-8:00PM)

He just might be the most entertaining rapper alive. Last year, he wrote a song about his experience playing at Bonaroo; maybe if you’re a cool enough crowd, he’ll write a song about Pemberton. (Warning: video contains offensive language.)

Are you going to Pemby? Who are you excited to see? Tell me on Twitter (or not): @thatlaba

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