New music festival kicks off in Rock Creek

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KELOWNA - A new music festival showcasing the best of B.C.'s talent debuts tonight in Rock Creek.

With camping along the Kettle River and a full line-up of indie rock bands the Ponderosa Arts and Music Festival offers an outdoorsy way to finish the summer musica festival scene.

The fresh air festival kicked off Friday night and continues Saturday and Sunday in Rock Creek.

Local shop Milkcrate Records has been selling tickets for the event over the past couple months. 

Shop manager Richard Rafton describes the event as a mix of DJs and independent rock groups.

"There's quite a few artists from the Kelowna area, like Fields of Green who just played with Grapes of Wrath the other night," Rafton says.

The Malibu Knights, Bend Sinister and The Belle Game are among 20 bands set to play this weekend.

Organizers Kia Zahrabi and Kristapher Hargrave hope the festival becomes an annual tradition in the Okanagan, while also boosting local business in the Kettle Valley area.

A weekend pass to the event costs $175 and day passes are $75.

Rock Creek is a two-hour drive from Kelowna, travelling east on Highway 33.

If you're starting in Penction, just head to Osoyoos on Highway 3. Once there you are 45 minutes from Rock Creek.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at or call (250)718-0428.

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