Traffic seems to be pretty hit or miss regardless of when you arrive. They do seem to have gotten a little better in the past couple years, but that might change with the charging for camping thing they now have.
Getting there earlier or later has zero impact on where you end up. It's a total crapshoot and often people who show up later end up closer to the venue. I'd recommend getting there well before the sun goes down thursday so you have a couple hours in line and still some daylight to set up.
I've also never heard any soundchecks from the mainstage in camping, so I'm not sure about that.
Given how bad it was last year they would have had to put out an amazing line up to even get me to consider it. I was never planning on going. Shambles is still a maybe, though more leaning to yes at this point.
That Squamish lineup is beyond terrible and I'm not going to miss much of that at Pemberton. There is a legitimate possibility that when they release the day by day lineup there will be days with nothing I would want to see, which is mind boggling for a festival that costs that much.
I've found it was about 50/50. Even then as long as you aren't physically in a car they don't care. If someone dropped you at the gates with a backpack and a tent I'm 95% sure you could just walk right in and join your friends that are already in camping.
With the exception of driving in for the first time, have any of you ever had your wristbands checked in the campground? You'll drive in, give them the ticket at the gate for the car and that will be that. They aren't going to check 25000 wristbands every night for people coming back to the campground.
Let me get this straight. There's a corner of the Internet devoted to Sasquatch discussion filled with thin skinned Sasquatch Message Board cast offs with thoughtless posts, poor grammar, and LOL-speak, and it's called Reddit? I thought that already existing on Facebook.
I would be ok with them booking a few of the acts again, but it just seems lazy. Since they had poor attendance last year I wouldn't be surprised if they try to switch things up a little.
Squamish seems to be going the pop route (especially if they did book Sam Smith) so hopefully that's out for them. More hip hop could work, and I really hope it would be Kanye over Drake. He is due around here, I think he cancelled 2, maybe 3 times in the last couple years? Also I enjoyed his set at Life is Beautiful last year.
Without checking tour dates at all because I'm lazy I'll say the Strokes and the Black Keys are possible. Maybe Nas and/or Wu Tang?
That blows because Kendrick, Modest Mouse, St Vincent, Girl Talk, Hey Roseta, Sloan and Fucked Up (aka pretty much the best things on that lineup) all played Pemberton last year so probably won't this year.
Sam Smith is very likely for Squamish which rules him out for Pemby which is awesome. Alt J and Hozier are pretty real possibilities though and that makes me sad.