FERGUS – A brand new music pageant is launching in Fergus, one which organizers hope will set the stage for a summer time of enjoyable.
Meadows Music Pageant is slated for June 2 and three on the Centre Wellington Neighborhood Sportsplex.
Collin McKinnon is one among a gaggle of pals who grew up round Fergus, Rockwood and Guelph, and collectively they opened Farm League Brewing in Cambridge in 2021.
However in addition they needed to deliver a music pageant to the world that features a wide range of musical genres – to not compete with the festivals already established however to enrich them.
“We wish to kick-off the summer time,” McKinnon stated in a telephone interview.
“We wish to be the bookend for a summer time of festivals and enjoyable.”
In a earlier profession, McKinnon used to guide concert events and festivals and he’s utilizing all of the leverage and relationships he has to usher in some huge names.
The Friday live performance is just a little bit nation with the James Barker Band, Jade Eagleson, Nate Haller and Sacha taking the stage.
The Saturday present is rock, and the featured bands embrace The Sheepdogs, Rural Alberta Benefit, The Blue Stones, Sloan, Boy Golden, and Terra Lightfoot.
“We didn’t guide that many bands,” McKinnon stated.
“We wish every band to be a spotlight. You don’t have to decide on who to see. You’ll be able to see all of them.”
In a world the place timing is every thing, McKinnon stated he thinks individuals are able to get collectively and have some enjoyable once more.
“[COVID-19 has been waning] lengthy sufficient to make it really feel like it’s going to work,” he stated.
“I can’t imagine it’s actual, to inform you the reality.”
The grounds behind the Sportsplex might be fenced off and licensed, although it’s billed as an all-ages live performance.
Tickets are $40 for the Friday live performance, $50 for Saturday and $80 for a weekend move, which McKinnon stated makes it “one of the vital inexpensive festivals within the province.”
Youngsters below 12 are free with an grownup.
Gates open on June 2 at 3pm and the music begins at 5pm. On June 3, gates open at midday and the music will get underway at 2pm.
In addition to music, the occasion will provide a beer tent and meals and merchandise distributors.
“That is the final word mixture of a music pageant and Ribfest,” McKinnon stated.
“Our purpose is to do one thing good for the group.”
For extra data or to order tickets, go to meadowsfest.ca.