Divide Music Festival lights up Fraser Valley
The Divide Music Festival lit up the Fraser Valley this weekend bringing massive crowds to the Fraser area and sporting some internationally known talent for three nights of music and entertainment in the high country.
The event was headlined by musical powerhouses like The Fray, Kid Cudi, Cake and Blondie and was held in the vast open space just west of Fraser at the Colorado Adventure Park. Thousands of music lovers ascended to the high country to revel in the music and festival atmosphere.
The weekend’s festivities kicked-off Friday afternoon with a performance by Kayla Marque. Also performing Friday afternoon were AMZY, POPFILTER, Bleachers and Edison. Closing out performances for Friday night were Cake and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.
The festival got back under way Saturday at noon with early performances by The Coteries, Foxfield Four, Rumours Follow and Splyt. Later afternoon performances continued with Saint Motel, Skylaw, Cold War Kids and One Flew West. Performances Saturday night included Passion Pit and Kid Cudi.
The Divide Music Festival’s third day of action started off with Gasoline Lollipops, Paper Lights, Modern Suspects and Medic performing during the early afternoon. The Detroit based indie-pop duo Jr Jr began performing later Sunday afternoon along with Nederland based artists Gipsy Moon. Late seventies pop punk mainstays Blondie rocked the Fraser Valley Sunday evening along with Redlands, Mike Snow and The Fray.
The grassy fields just west of the Adventure Park were filled with cars parked nearly a dozen rows deep Saturday. Hundreds and hundreds of small tents lined the crest of the Adventure Park tubing hill while numerous food truck vendors from the Rocky Mountain region and Front Range were parked in the festival’s infield offering delectable treats late into the evening.
Performances Friday night got the festival rolling including a rambling jam band-esque performance from Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros which followed a searing and at times politically minded set by Cake. The mass of people attending the Divide Music Festival increased significantly Saturday night as Passion Pit performed to a Rocky Mountain sundown before Kid Cudi lit up the stage.
Sunday performers maintained the festival’s momentum with Blondie rocking the crowd during the early evening and Colorado based superstars The Fray closing out the night and the entire festival.
The Divide Music Festival saw few medical mishaps or physical altercations. According to local law enforcement authorities, who served as additional security during the festival, there were no reports of injuries from the weather, which turned blustery at times and even forced a temporary postponement for the start of Blondie’s performance Sunday night. Other than gusting winds weather remained fairly cooperative throughout the weekend.
A few festival attendees were medically treated for minor conditions related to dehydration and alcohol but over the three day festival only one individual was transported to the hospital for more advanced care.
Traffic was heavy in Grand County Sunday afternoon but local officials believe the Divide Music Festival’s impact on the traffic was negligible. Authorities working the Divide Music Festival said attendee numbers rose again Sunday with many participants camping overnight and leaving the valley Monday morning.
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