As August is quickly approaching its bittersweet end, I find myself reflecting on all that I have indulged in this past summer. As I am a strong advocate for themes, I like to call Summer 2016 the Summer of Festivals. I don’t think I’ve gone to as many festivals, concerts and shows as I have these past few months. From listening to up and coming local artists, to exciting DJ performances and some of North America’s top headliners, I’ve truly been exposed to the world of music.
I attended The Sound of Music Festival in my hometown, Burlington Ontario, for the first ever kick-off concert and annual fathers-day weekend festival itself. Got introduced to a hot metal band called Pop Evil. As well, we saw Cody’s favourite band The Glorious Sons and rock legends The Cult, Headstones, Silverstein and Chemical Burn.
Fast forward to the infamous Escapade in Ottawa. Safe to say I was thrown completely out of my element into a rave world of mardi gras beads, camel backs, and questionable outfit choices. But regardless, I put my best foot forward and had an amazing time with both old and new friends. The light show was probably one of my favourite parts!
In July, I attended the ever popular and exhausting 10 day festival of Bluesfest in Ottawa. I’ve attended Bluesfest every summer that I’ve lived in Ottawa and it is always a highlight of my summer. This year the line-up ranged from old school stars such as Billy Idol and Duran Duran, to country artists Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett, even one of my favourite bands, The Paper Kites.
Nelly also graced the crowd with a weekend performance and from that, I’ve learned that teenagers DO NOT belong in crowds, nor do cell-phones. Walking and texting is not efficient nor effective for anyone.
Last but not least, I attended Hopped and Confused, yet another rock/indie musical festival except this one was not the big crowds like the previous. The Mill Street Brew Pub booked off their entire venue to host an intimate concert of only 2300 guests. The Friday night show consisted of some up and comers, while Wintersleep and The Sheepdogs headlined. It was an incredible show with an incredible venue and great food! Not to mention the random acts of magic that walked throughout the venue entertaining guests between sets.
I encourage everyone to attend as many concerts as possible, because heck, why not?