The second annual benefit music festival for Mount Benson will feature the Canadian band 54-40 as the headline act.
The Music for the Mountain festival is set for July 29, and tickets went on sale on Thursday. Other performers for the event, organized by the Nanaimo Area Land Trust, include Barney Bentall, the lead singer and song writer for Spirit of the West, John Mann, Headwater, Rubber Soul and various others.
The concert this year is extended to nine hours from last year's seven, to accommodate the extended line up of musicians. There will also be two stages.
There will 2,000 "early bird" tickets on sale between now and June 17 for $29. After June 17 tickets will be $35. There are also $99 VIP tickets that include parking, a reserved viewing area, access to the VIP lounge and a gift package.
There is no reserved seating within the VIP viewing area this year, and lawn chairs for that area are recommended. Those who purchase early bird tickets will also qualify for 20 random draw prizes, including a chance to upgrade to VIP tickets.
Children under 10 will be admitted free.
One of the features of the day will be an "XBox Zone." There will also be 10 food vendors. Gates open at 12:30 p.m., and music starts at 1 p.m.
All proceeds from the event will go to the purchase of a parcel of land near the summit of Mount Benson to be turned into a park. NALT made its first half of the purchase, paid to the Regional District of Nanaimo, in February this year. The remainder is due to the RDN in February 2008.
The district has already purchased the park, on an agreement that NALT would pay half of the $900,000 purchase price.
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