Despite floods and fires, Centre of Gravity ticket sales strongest in three years

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KELOWNA – After a month of steady floods and fires, Centre of Gravity founder Scott Emslie is hoping his annual festival this weekend is just what his beleaguered Okanagan needs.

“A lot of people feel like they haven’t had a summer yet, so we’d like to be part of the official kick,” Emslie says.

This is the tenth year Wet Ape Productions has brought the Interior's largest music and extreme sports festival to Kelowna. Emslie grew up in Kelowna so he knows forest fires are a constant threat during the summer. This year Kelowna and the rest of the Okanagan have spent the last few months dealing with a record breaking water level in Okanagan Lake as well.

Emslie says there was some early hesitation as bad news flowed out of Kelowna, but says the timing is right.

“Everybody’s seen the lake dropping so that hasn’t been an issue. The same thing with fires,” he says. “Sales have been really strong. Strongest in three years. Everybody just wants to move on from the floods.”

The music lineup features Snoop Dogg Saturday night, but Lil dicky, ScHoolboy Q, Marshmello, Cash Cash and more will fill out the rest of the festival starting Friday night.

In addition to the usual BMX, Skateboarding, beach volleyball, basketball and freestyle motocross, there will also be a trials and sport bike demonstration area.

He says tickets are still available but they are expecting to sell out.

“If you're going to buy your tickets at the gate, show up early,” Emslie says. 


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