One month later and I am finally writing about Skookum Music Festival. Sorry I have been a little quiet on here lately, there has been a lot going on in my personal life, which I will share with you in future posts. However, for now, let’s do a flashback to the end of summer, our weekend in Vancouver and at Skookum. This summer I made a to-do list of things I was hoping to get done before the end of summer, I accomplished almost everything, but summer got away like it always does. One of my goals was to get to Vancouver for a weekend where there wasn’t anything to do and another weekend for a music festival. We did both the weekend we went over for Skookum and it was the perfect weekend getaway for Dave and I, after a long and hectic summer.
We left for Vancouver after work on Friday night and headed straight to North Vancouver where we were staying for the weekend. After stopping for Pho, we headed to our friends place we were staying at. It was the most beautiful apartment, perfectly located and just what Dave and I needed after some busy weeks at work. We relaxed and had an early night because we had a big day ahead of us on Saturday, not only the festival, but brunch plans and a photo shoot. Thank you to our friends Jay and Paul for providing us with their apartment while they were back in Ireland for a wedding!
After brunch at the delicious Lift Bakery in North Vancouver we headed to Stanley Park for a day of listening to music, drinks and food, and a serious downpour! We arrived at the park around 2pm so we could take advantage of the full day. Dave and I only had tickets for Saturday because the tickets were quite expensive but mainly because I wanted to see Florence and The Machine, one of my favourite musicians. The park was quite quiet when we arrived which was great because we had the opportunity to explore and take photos. We wandered around and listened to some smaller bands before meeting up with my cousin and one of our friends. Our must sees for the day were Rodrigo and Gabriela, Milky Chance, The War on Drugs and Florence and the Machine and we managed to see them all plus more.
The music was great and so was the atmosphere. The only downfall of the event were the line ups. Not only for food and drink, but especially the toilets. It was the first year for the festival so I like to think they will work out the kinks for next year, fingers crossed! But overall it was an amazing festival. The highlight was seeing Florence and The Machine so close. I made Dave stay with me to hold our spot close to the stage, so we did end up missing Metric but it was definitely worth it. Of course the weather was on and off. It started off great and I was worried I would be too hot in my jacket, however, while watching Milky Chance the heavens opened up and a horrific downpour began. Poor Dave he didn’t have a jacket and got soaked so we ran over to the merchandise tent and he bought a tee to change into. His shirt was completely stuck to him! But luckily the rain did stop in the end and we continued to enjoy the night!
The next morning we had a lie in and changed our plans from climbing Grouse Grind to walking Lynne Valley because the rain did not let up. It was a beautiful hike and nice to explore North Vancouver, somewhere I really haven’t spent that much time in before. I know Dave and I will definitely be back to visit Jay and Paul there and hopefully get to do the Grouse Grind another time, probably in the Spring when there isn’t any snow. I love exploring Vancouver and it always feels like such a nice break from Victoria. Until next year Skookum! Hoping the line up will be equally as amazing next year and we can go again!