4 Rock Festivals to Check Out in BC in Summer 2018

For rock fans, summer typically means one thing: festival season! Here are some awesome rock festivals to check out in BC during summer 2018.

June 29-July 2: Metalocalypstick Festival (Lone Butte)


Taking place over the Canada Day long weekend, this difficult-to-pronounce festival celebrates women in metal. All the acts playing have female members. Bands from all over the world are represented, including several Vancouver groups, such as Heron and Anarcheon.

Tickets for Metalocalypstick Festival cost $51.14 for a 1-day pass or $91.14 for a 2-day pass, both of which include camping. Check out the website for more details.

Click here to read my interview with Metalocalypstick organiser Kajia Kinney.

July 13-14: Armstrong MetalFest (Armstrong, duh)

Image: Armstrong MetalFest

This well-established festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2018, so expect even more carnage than in years past. See Kataklysm, Sarah Longfield, Archspire, The Kennedy Veil, Neck of The Woods and more at what organisers describe as “the largest mosh pit in the Okanagan.”

Of the 10-year anniversary, festival co-founder Jesse Valstar said: “There were people who were quite sceptical about the event when it first originated, some even went as far as to say ‘it would never work’ and that ‘it won’t last.’ Now, ten years later, the tone overall is very welcoming and has been for many years.”

Tickets for Armstrong MetalFest cost $125 and camping can be reserved in advance. Check out the website for more details.

July 20-22: Okanagan Tattoo Show & Brewfest (Kelowna)

Image: Red Fang / Facebook

Ok, it’s not a full-on music festival, but this Kelowna event features some killer bands. And tattoos and beer added to the mix is hardly bad, right? Some pretty big names such as Teenage Bottlerocket and Red Fang are playing across three nights. Of course, Vancouver bands are well represented, too. Daggermouth and We Hunt Buffalo play the Friday and Saturday night, respectively.

Tickets for Okanagan Tattoo Show & Brewfest cost $74.99 for a weekend pass or $27.99 for a single-day pass. Check out the website for more details.

August 16-19: Vancouver Island Metal Fest (Victoria)

Image: Dead Quiet / Facebook

A new event for 2018, this one looks pretty darn epic. Most of the bands are Vancouver/BC-based, but headlining is England’s Venom Inc. Highlights include Anciients and Dead Quiet.

Pricing and ticket info has yet to be released, so keep an eye on the event’s Facebook page.

Click here to read my review of Grand Rites by Dead Quiet.

Have I missed anything? Let me know, and I’ll be sure to add it.