WHISTLER, BC March 19, 2014 – The World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF) in Whistler, BC has just announced hip-hop trio De La Soul has been added to the line-up for the event’s signature Outdoor Concert Series. De La Soul will play a free show for fans on the Main Stage in Skier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain on Saturday, April 12.
“The line-up for the 2014 Outdoor Concert Series has been coming together over the past couple of weeks and is looking awesome,” says Sue Eckersley, Event Director of the World Ski and Snowboard Festival. “We are really happy with the great variety of bands we have been able to secure, and now with hip-hop icons De La Soul confirmed to kick off the opening weekend, we’re in great shape.”
De La Soul hails from Long Island, New York and originally formed while in high school during the late 1980s. They released their debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising in 1989, which was praised as the future of hip-hop. With its colorful, neo-psychedelic collage of samples and styles, plus De La Soul’s low-key, clever rhymes and goofy humor, the album sounded like nothing else on the hip-hop scene. Since then, De La Soul has released a total of six albums and the trio has been touring and making music together for over 20 years.
De La Soul’s performance on the kick-off Saturday for the World Ski and Snowboard Festival will be followed by the Monster Energy Shred Show Big Air, at the base of Whistler Mountain, next to the Main Stage. The Big Air is a World Snowboard Tour 5-star event and will feature athletes hitting a huge 70-foot table jump in an attempt to take home a portion of the $25,000 prize purse.
Additional acts also confirmed to play free shows at the WSSF Outdoor Concert Series this year include The Original Wailers, Shapeshifter, Cut Chemist, The Planet Smashers, Fort Knox Five, Bombino, Pigeon Park, The Post War, The Hairfarmers, Jenny Lea, Freeflow, and The Sociables.
Every April, the World Ski and Snowboard Festival hosts the largest free annual outdoor concert series in Canada, offering free concerts daily on the Main Stage in Skier’s Plaza between 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm. For more information about the Outdoor Concert Series and the rest of the scheduled events at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, head to www.wssf.com.