‘Tis the season for dropping lineups, and with Shambhala and Pemberton having given us a taste of what’s to come this summer, now is the time to focus on the more intimate festivals throughout the PNW. With announcements of both Motion Notion and Rifflandia set to drop April 15, today DMNW is focusing on another hidden gem North of the 49th parallel. A festival that defines what the West Coast love is all about, because… well, you literally can’t get anymore west than this. We’re talking about Tall Tree Music Festival. Photo: Utopiaphoto.ca Held atop Brown’s Mountain just outside Port Renfrew, BC, Tall Tree is a staple in the Vancouver Island dance community, and it’s really easy to see why. From the unbeatable views to an eclectic lineup that features some of the world’s best, alongside a smorgasbord of local talent from the Island, Tall Tree is everything you want it to be. It’s a place where music meets nature; a place to get away from the daily grind and make new friends; a place where you can be yourself, rain or shine. Photo: Kim Jay Photography Currently entering into their sixth year of operation, this year’s lineup is, arguably, the best Tall Tree has ever produced. With names such as DJ Dan, Mat the Alien, jackLNDN, Smalltown DJs, Audiowrx, and Neighbour, appearing alongside the likes of Mother Mother, Current Swell, Shad, Kytami, and Moontricks, you’re guaranteed to find something suitable for your ear holes. If the headliners don’t tickle your fancy, one of the Island’s many dance floor destroyers definitely will. Photo: Heather Dubya Peep the lineup in all its glory below and if you don’t already have your ticket, the last tier of general admission + camping passes go on sale THIS MONDAY AT 9AM!! We wouldn’t recommend dwelling on that purchase either, because Tall Tree will sell out. It’s not a matter of if, but when. You probably won’t find a better way to spend $165 all year anyway, so you may as well just get it over and done with. Are you attending Tall Tree 2016? Make sure to find the DMNW team on Brown’s Mountain and say suh, we always like new friends! Shawn McNicoll Part man, part buffalo, part maple syrup. Pretty much the Canadian version of Grizzly Adams.