Safe & Sound Music Fest is a music festival featuring R&B bands that takes place at Westminster Pier Park in New Westminster.
Safe & Sound Music Fest
In 2018 the second annual Safe & Sound Music Fest took place in New Westminster on the Friday and Saturday of August 24th and 25th. 2019 dates and times are still to be confirmed.
The festival’s venue is Westminster Pier Park which is located along the waterfront at #1 Sixth Street.
Safe & Sound Concert Lineup
Headliner bands in 2018 included Anderson .Paak, Vince Staples, Alina Baraz, Sabrina Claudio, Goldlink and SonReal. The boutique festival features a hybrid selection of other great R&B and Hip Hop artists from both Canada and abroad as well.
Other bands performing in 2018 included Rico Nasty, Anders, Tobi Lou, Lndn Drgs, Trill Sammy, So Loki, Angst, Kandy K, Sophia Danai, Side, Goldstepz, and Kenny Gourment. The event was also hosted by Vancouver’s own DJ Flipout.
Tickets for the event ranged from about $55 up to $95 last year. This year 2-day general admission and 2-day VIP admission tickets are available as of early June starting at about $180 and $280 respectively.
About the Festival
2017 was the first year for Safe and Sound Music Fest so it was a smaller event, but likely to be bigger in 2019. The event attracts a younger crowd, on average, especially when compared to the concerts taking place at the PNE on the same days.
One thing that really stood out with Safe and Sound Music Fest was the venue. Westminster Pier Park was the perfect place – right along the Fraser River with views of the Pattullo Bridge in the background.
At the festival venue there was a large stage with an open area that had special flooring which was comfortable to stand on. That was definitely a nice touch! There were also picnic tables and places to buy refreshments on the grass, and a VIP area close to the stage with comfortable seating and its own bar.
For those wanting a break from the concerts, in the general public area there was also a row of ping-pong tables for people to play on.
First Time Results
If you like the type of music offered, Safe and Sound Music Fest is a good event. Audience numbers were no doubt much lower than organizers had hoped for last year, especially in the early hours, but that can be expected for a first-time event.
Tips and Suggestions
Here are some suggestions on how to make the most of your experience at the Safe & Sound Music Festival.
- TIP #1: Go with a group of friends. The more the merrier!
- TIP #2: Expect the place to be pretty quiet for the first few hours.
- TIP #3: There is a fair bit of parking in the area, especially while the festival remains small. If you can though, try to take public transit. The Columbia SkyTrain Station is only about 4 blocks away.
For more information see the Safe & Sound Music Fest website.