The Pacific Rim Music Festival Society has a lot to crow about having just pulled off a third successful Otalith Music Festival over the weekend.
“The weekend was excellent. We had a lot of very happy amazing people who showed up and we basically sold out, so we’re very happy,” society director Jessie Fletcher told the Westerly on Sunday.
Fletcher estimated about 1,300 music fans tuned in to this year’s festival—roughly 300 more than last year—and she was stoked to see the event’s relaxed vibe survive the influx.
“Despite the fact that there were way more people there all day, people we’re still really relaxed, having a good time, smiling and just taking care of each other,” she said.
“There were a lot of families again, which is our favourite part about Otalith…Word is spreading about the family friendly nature of the festival so that’s great.”
She said family friendliness is a key source of the festival’s success.
“Having families around keeps the vibe mellow and intimate,” she said.
“Kids are awesome. They like to have fun in the most amazing of ways, they should be at every music festival. You should be able to go to a music festival and bring your kids and have a nice time.”
Fletcher is confident the West Coast will see a fourth Otalith installment next year.
“I really, really, want to say thank you to the district of Ucluelet for letting us try this crazy experiment and keep going with it, and to the RCMP for just being so great and so awesome and helping us out, and to all the locals that came out to support us.”