About 8,000 people will gather nightly at LiveCity Yaletown, one of Vancouver’s two free celebration sites, to watch Olympic highlights and party to bands such as Blue Rodeo and Wilco.
LiveCity Yaletown (at David Lam Park) is bound by more than two kilometres of fencing and is dominated by a massive stage, Vancouver House and sponsor tents.
The site opens to the public tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. for the arrival of the Olympic torch and the lighting of the community cauldron.
Entering the alcohol-free site, spectators must pass through security and metal detectors.
Paul Haagenson, president of Live Nation Canada, said the size and scope of the project is fantastic and will feature a broad palette of musical acts.
“If you’re 14 … or if you are 84, there is something for everybody,” Haagenson said.
Joining Blue Rodeo and Wilco are Deadmau5, Dal Richards, Mariana Trench, Tigerstyle, Zapato Negro, Johnny Reid, Maddux Yahoo and Damian Marley.
In all, Haagenson wrangled 160 acts for the Yaletown site and its sister site, LiveCity Downtown (at Georgia and Cambie streets). The downtown site, which opens Saturday, will serve alcohol and will be more sports oriented.
In the evening, LiveCity Yaletown will broadcast the medal ceremonies on a pair of giant screens.
During the Games, it will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.