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Cumberland Village Works Announces “Cumberland Wild:” A New Festival for Comox Valley

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Something wild this way comes.

Once again, Cumberland – cultural centre of the Comox Valley – is cooking up a lively, full-of-fun, music festival. This one focuses even more on original Canadian content. The inaugural Cumberland Wild will unfold in the heart of the village over the Aug. 18-19 weekend. It’s spotlight is squarely on live acts, but full of a number of turntable “bass-heavy masters.”

“We’re totally excited to be doing something new and different,” says Avigdor Schulman of Cumberland Village Works. “It’s going to be such a party.”

Shulman and Ben Howells of Mt. Eliah Presents co-produced the celebrated and revered festivals Big Time Out and Atmosphere Gathering, as well as many smaller events. “The legendary Cumberland kick-ass musical legacy continues to evolve,” said Howells.

“Over the years, those two impresarios have brought to Cumberland countless bands and DJs of such superlative fame and quality that one would not expect to see play in such an intimate-size festival,” says Jamie Bowman, media coordinator of Cumberland Wild.

The last two years of Atmosphere showcased more live music than electronic, but this event promises even more.

“Small town, big sound,” said Howells, who promises the Wild will be a “live-music-driven event,” and an “extremely intriguing new production,” featuring a “gritty hometown feel.”

The full line-up will be rolling out April 4, but so far Cumberland Wild named a number of famed acts, including Elliot Brood, Five Alarm Funk, Bend Sinister, Kitty and the Rooster, Astrocolor, and Pack AD. Plus bass-heavy beats from Cheshire, Moontricks, Defunk, and DJ Murge.

“Precision production, world-class talent, a legendary village,” said Howells. “It’s what we’ve got.”

More details to follow as they come, but it’s certainly exciting to see a new festival in the north island side of things!

What do you think? Any one planning on heading to this-first time festival? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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26 years old, with a voracious appetite for bass, dancing, all things art, and a flair for the dramatic, Jamie Gib grew up in the rave scene, having been introduced to electronic music in the late 90s as a small child from his cousin and he joined the rave scene in 2004, and never looked back, A DJ, Promoter, Go-Go Dancer, and writer, Jamie has made his mark on the Vancouver Island scene and beyond, having worked or attended 90% of the festivals on the Pacific North West and has no plans on stopping there. If there's dirty house, drum n bass or glitch hop to be heard, you can bet he's not far behind.

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