The First-Ever Skookum Festival Lineup Is Stacked With Indigenous Talent

You know you’re in for an epic festival experience when the headliners include The Killers, Florence + The Machine, Father John Misty, St. Vincent and Metric. But for this summer’s first-ever Skookum Festival, that’s just the beginning.

In addition to the headliners mentioned above, the festival will welcome the Arkells, The War on Drugs, Mother Mother, Chromeo, Blue Rodeo, Bahamas, Stereophonics, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Cold Ward Kids, Greta Van Fleet, Dear Rouge, Matt Mays, Whitehorse, Black Pistol Fire, Matt Andersen, Said The Whale, Yukon Blonde, The Zolas, Hey Ocean!, Delhi 2 Dublin, Barney Bentall, Current Swell, the Julian Taylor Band, Shred Kelly and many, many more.


Skookum will also showcase an unprecedented number of Indigenous acts. Most notably, living legend Buffy Sainte-Marie will be there, as will Northern rockers Midnight Shine, country sensation Crystal Shawanda and Juno winner William Prince. So will Kelly Derrickson, Murray Porter, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Mob Bounce and up-and-comer Ta’Kaiya Blaney.

Featuring an eclectic mix of music, live art, sculpture, multimedia installations and, of course, food, Skookum will take over Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park from Sept. 7-9. Tickets and more information available here.


Originating from the historical Chinook Jargon of the Pacific Northwest, Skookum translates to strong, brave and impressive. It also means celebration. Connect with that spirit this September and experience the uniquely unconventional Skookum. The Skookum Festival team are honoured to be working with the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in staging this inaugural event, and are grateful for their support in welcoming the festival onto their shared territories.


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