Live-music lovers gathered at the Ucluelet Aquarium for a taste of the musical buffet ready to come their way at this yearâ€™s Otalith Music Festival.
Festival enthusiasts are lining up for a third helping of the West Coastâ€™s premier live-music event and the Aquarium hosted a sneak pick of whatâ€™s in store at a lineup launch party on May 22.
The annual festival, which is held in late-August, made its first appearance in 2013 after a group of locals came together to put the West Coastâ€™s stamp on BCâ€™s live-music scene.
The group formed the non-profit Pacific Rim Music Society and are stoked to see their efforts blossom into a third annual offering.
â€œItâ€™s kind of amazing that itâ€™s happening for a third time,â€ said the societyâ€™s marketing director Jessie Fletcher.
â€œI donâ€™t think any of us expected to make it through the first yearâ€”that was the most terrifying thing weâ€™ve ever undertakenâ€”but we have such a great community between Tofino and Ucluelet; the amount of support weâ€™ve gotten is unreal. We couldnâ€™t have done this without the community support that we get and, because of that, we will continue to do it as long as we can.â€
The festivalâ€™s vibe has been tinkered with this year with an infusion of DJâ€™s and hip-hop artists ready to up the groundsâ€™ grooving opportunities.
â€œEvery year we try to do something thatâ€™s really different and unique…Itâ€™s going to be really fun and people are going to bring their party shoes and have a really nice time,â€ Fletcher said.
â€œWe want to keep branching out and making it more inclusive and really picking acts that think differently and perform a little bit outside the box…Thereâ€™s so much great music out there, it just felt kind of shortsighted to stick with three genres.â€
The festivalâ€™s traditional two-day calendar has been stretched out to include a Tofino-only show on Thursday, Aug. 20, before spending Friday and Saturday in Ucluelet.
Tofinoâ€™s show is already sold out but tickets remain for both Ucluelet days and a few early bird tickets are left for price-savvy festivalers.
The society has partnered with the Ucluelet Campground to help accommodate this yearâ€™s out-of-town crowd.
More information can be found at www.otalithfestival.com.