Photos: Kira Hunston
Festival season on the West Coast concluded on August 24th and 25th with the second annual Safe & Sound Music Festival which brought thousands of people to New Westminster’s Pier Park in British Columbia. The festival was advertised throughout greater Vancouver as an event which aimed to bring together local and international acts for a weekend celebrating community, and it successfully achieved this.
While weather was unpredictable, switching from sun to light rain throughout the weekend, attendees were presented with a wide range of activities to complement the live acts. Graffiti, flip-cup tournaments, and basketball games were placed throughout the festival grounds and accompanied by local streetwear vendors. A well-planned festival ground kept everyone entertained along with commentary from host Flipout and DJ sets from The SJS Crew, Hedspin, The Freshest, Jay Swing, Nina Mendoza, Floetic, and Houtz.
Day 1 of the festival was kicked off with a wide range of local musical talents including So Loki, Manila Grey, SIDE, Sophia Danai, and Kenny Gourmet. The breadth of up and coming West Coast artists showed the value for choosing community engagement over profit. Many have continued to support the festival due to this continued effort.
The transition from afternoon to evening was handled by breakout artist Sabrina Claudio who stepped on stage at dusk. Her arrival had the pier filled with fans hoping to get a better look at her silhouette as she sung songs like “Messages From Her” and “All To You.” Following Sabrina was Vince Staples who wrapped the first day with an energetic live performance.
It was announced early on Day 2 that Goldlink wouldn’t be able to perform as scheduled at the festival, but that didn’t stop the rest of the artists from stepping up to the occasion. 2018 has been a huge year for Toronto-based artist Anders, and the crowd was filled with fans to see his early afternoon set. Other opening acts included Kandy K, Goldstepz, Tobi Lou, Angst, and Sonreal who all set the stage for Alina Baraz to make her own sultry entrance at dusk (captivating the audience with her stunning vocals).
But without a doubt, the highlight of the weekend came from Grammy-nominated artist Anderson .Paak. Closing the festival, Pak delivered an illuminating performance of tracks from his critically acclaimed album, Malibu. Backed with a full live band and live performance (comparable to none), the mutli-instrumentalist packed the grounds front to back.
Catch our photo highlights from the weekend below, and stay updated with Safe & Sound on their Twitter.