Five-Acre Shaker finds new home

The summer music festival could be hosted this year on a 175-acre empty lot on Franklin River Road.

The annual Five-Acre Shaker music festival could be shaking in a far larger plot of land this summer.

Lance Goddard received conditional approval from the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District to host the summer music festival out on a 175-acre empty lot on Franklin River Road.

“We’ve locked down a new place to potentially host the Shaker this year. It’s owned by Craig Bowerman and it’s out on Franklin River Road,” said Goddard.

Goddard and Jess Towers have been the force behind the music festival that benefits the Zattzoo Project.

For the past two years, they’ve held the 500-person event at Goddard’s property in Beaver Creek.

In its first year, the Shaker was a huge success that raised money for local youth music without any complaints.

Feeding off of the success, Goddard and Towers asked the regional district for permission to up the event to 1,000 attendees.

While some on the board agreed, Beaver Creek director John McNabb raised concerns over the noise and disruption that having 1,000 people on the five-acre property for a weekend would cause.

Ultimately, the duo were denied their request to increase attendance, raising concerns about the viability of hosting the event last year.

The Five-Acre Shaker went ahead with 500 people.

This year, adhering to a promise made to the ACRD last year, Goddard is moving the festival to a larger property.

“It’s about 175 acres and 50 acres of it is cleared field. The rest is covered in trees and there’s mountains around it; it’s awesome,” said Goddard.

“It’s definitely a forever home if we can get approval of this.”

The only holdup is that Bowerman’s lot is in the agricultural land reserve.

“It’s in the ALR so we have to apply for a non-farm use application to the [agricultural land commission],” said Goddard. The regional district’s approval allows Goddard to take it to the ALC.

“It’s a bit of a waiting game to get the approval from them and then if we get that we’ll be back to the [ACRD’s] temporary use permit like last year.”

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

twitter.com/alberninews

 

 

Just Posted

Three-day benefit for the arts coming to Port Alberni

Char’s Landing and Art Rave partnering for workshops, dance party

Hay bales and high fives for Port Alberni soapbox derby

New track on Lower Argyle Street gets a thumbs up

Brush fire breaks out near Taylor Arm Park

Fire forces partial closure of Highway 4 west of Port Alberni

Rosalind Chapman seeks seat on Port Alberni city council

Community volunteer and longtime Alberni Valley resident Rosalind Chapman will seek a… Continue reading

Accident causes power outage on Beaver Creek Road

One sent to West Coast General Hospital in crash

BC Games: Day 3 wrap and closing ceremonies

The torch in the Cowichan Valley has been extinguished as Fort St. John gets ready to host the 2020 BC Winter Games

Heat wave hits B.C.’s south coast

Temperatures expected to hit the mid-30s in some areas

Man charged in 2006 B.C. murder extradited to Canada from South Korea

28-year-old Jui-Kai Weng was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder

Soaring temperatures, high winds could worsen fires in B.C.’s southern Interior

Environment Canada’s forecast for the next week in the southern Interior does not inspire confidence, with temperatures in the 30s and winds gusting over 40 kilometres per hour.

Iran dismisses Trump’s explosive threat to country’s leader

Trump tweeted late on Sunday that hostile threats from Iran could bring dire consequences.

Update: Police probe Toronto shooting that killed 2, injured 12; suspected gunman dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Why do they do it? Coaches guide kids to wins, personal bests at the BC Games

Behind the 2,300 B.C. athletes are the 450 coaches who dedicate time to help train, compete

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

Most Read