Squamish music festival is safe, says city councillor

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

It’s been a fatal summer for music festivals in BC but city officials in Squamish aren’t worried.

35,000 people will descend on the town for the Squamish Valley Music Festival this weekend.

City Councillor Patricia Heintzman says she is confident festival organizer Live Nation Canada has taken to appropriate measures to ensure the public is safe.

“You always plan for the worst, and I know the event organizers have done a very very comprehensive health plan for the festival. So there is an onsite medical clinic. There will be paramedics, doctors and nurses. I believe there is even support for abuse of women, should that occur.”

Heintzman says the festival provides a huge boost to the local economy.

The lineup features three of the world’s top musical artists: Eminem, Bruno Mars and Arcade Fire.

Overall investment is 12 million dollars.

The Squamish Valley Music Festival has expanded onto the Centennial Fields, allowing the event to increase its footprint from 32 acres to 81 acres.

It will accommodate more than 35,000 guests per day, up from 19,000 per day in 2013.

The Boonstock music festival in Penticton August long weekend recorded dozens of drug overdoses, including one fatality.

A 24 year old Leduc, Alberta woman was taken to hospital after becoming distressed while dancing on stage.

A man was also found dead in his tent at the Pemberton music festival last month.

Foul play has been ruled out.

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