Safe & Sound Music Fest is a music festival featuring Hip Hop and R&B bands and DJs. In 2022 it took place at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby.
In past years (pre-COVID) the festival happened by the waterfront in New Westminster. It was at its new Burnaby venue, however, on May 29th, in 2022. Its dates, location and other details in 2023 are to be confirmed.
The Safe & Sound Music Fest in Burnaby
In 2018 the second annual Safe & Sound Music Fest took place in New Westminster in late August. The event didn’t take place in 2019 or in 2021, but it did happen in 2020 as a virtual concert.
Safe & Sound Music Fest returned with in-person performances in 2022 on Sunday, May 29th, and what a fabulous event it was! The gates opened at noon and the event finished at 11:00 pm. It was an awesome event! We can’t wait until next year!
The festival’s venue in previous years was Westminster Pier Park. However, the 2022 festival took place at Swangard Stadium which is located at 3883 Imperial Street in Burnaby.
Safe & Sound Concert Lineup
The boutique festival features a hybrid selection of great R&B and Hip Hop artists from both Canada and abroad. Headliner bands in previous years have included Anderson .Paak, Vince Staples, Alina Baraz, Goldlink and more.
In 2022 Safe & Sound Fest was headlined by Ty Dolla $ign, CKay, Ayra Starr, Boslen, Rascalz and Kardinal Offishall. There were many other performers as well, including Capella Grey, FRVRFRIDAY, Sasha Marie, Soulection, Teon Gibbs, Micky Weekes, Shaylen D, Jon Bryant, KTOE, Turunesh and other artists.
As of early May in 2022, general admission cost about $72 including taxes and online fees. VIP tickets were also available for about $135. They granted access to a private viewing area with a bar, nicer washrooms and a good view of the stage. For those planning on attending the festival with a group of friends, packs of 10 tickets were available for about $508.
About the Festival
2017 was the first year for Safe & Sound Music Fest so it was a smaller event in New Westminster, but it was a bigger in 2018. On average, the event attracts a younger crowd full of energy. The festivals in 2019 and 2022 were awesome and with lots of people. The 2023 event will likely be just as big and fun, if not even bigger and better than ever!
Safe & Sound Music Festival Venue
The 2022 festival was held at a new location, at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. The venue is in Central Park which is beautiful! The park is huge and offers walking trails, tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and a Pitch and Putt Golf Course. The venue also isn’t far from the Patterson SkyTrain Station.
At the event in 2022 there were two large stages. One was at the south end of the field at Swangard Stadium and the other was at the north end. Artists performed from each of the stages at different times.
Along one edge of the field, near the south stage, was the VIP section. It was a raised area with seating and a large standing area. On the other side of the field was the grandstand where anyone could sit if they wanted to. At the event there were also about 10 or so food trucks, places to buy drinks, and a number of additional things to see and do.
Swangard Stadium was a great venue for the festival with its wide open space and grassy field.
Safe and Sound Video
To give you a good idea about what Safe and Sound Music Fest looks like, watch the video below. It shows scenes of the festival in the afternoon of May 29th in 2022. Later in the day and into the evening there were even more people. As you can see in the video though, even earlier in the day there were lots of music fans having a great time!
Performing in this video is Sasha Marie on the venue’s stage at the south end of the field at Swangard Stadium. Sasha Marie is an electronic artist from California who, according to her website, “builds soundscapes to introduce moods and curate feelings”… “Sasha draws on influences from every side of the musical ecosystem – Amy Winehouse to Flying Lotus, M.I.A. to Billie Holiday and back to MF Doom”.
Also featured briefly in the video is Shaylen D who is a rapper and R&B artist from Vancouver. She performed on the north stage (and as you can hear in the video some of the fans near our camera enjoyed singing along)!
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: The event is open to people of all ages. The VIP area, however, is restricted to folk ages 19+.
TIP #3: Expect the place to be fairly quiet for the first few hours. That can be good time to find a spot to base yourself, hang out, and chat with friends. As the day progresses and evening approaches, the crowds begin to form. By late afternoon and in the evening, the festival gets really hopping!
TIP #4: There is a fair bit of parking in the area, especially near the start of the event before the crowds arrive. If you can though, try to take public transit. The Patterson SkyTrain Station is only a 10-minute walk away.
TIP #5: Things you can take with you to the event include the following:
- An empty re-useable non-metal water bottle up to 1 litre in size
- Sunscreen (if sunny) and towel or blanket to sit on
- Pre-packaged snack food if you want
- A small bag (of no more than 20” x 12” x 6” in size)
TIP #6: Items you cannot take with you to the event include the following:
- Drugs or alcohol
- Professional cameras
- Pets (other than guide dogs)
- Lawn chairs
- Non-prepacked food items
- Guns, bazookas, nunchucks or other weapons
For more information about the event, see the Safe & Sound Music Fest website.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s May Calendar
- Shows & Entertainment
- Vancouver Festivals and Events
- The City of New Westminster