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  • Trevor
    March 30, 2011 - 13:29

    Less people on the east coast are attending because nobody is willing to drive for 5 hours and get a hotel booked and base a whole weekend around mediocre performers like 3 Days Grace. We as the fans are saying we want big performers. The mayor is saying they cost too much. The mayor has 'met us in the middle' with mediocre performers, and so far it's been unsuccessful. It's gonna have to go one way or the other.

  • Confused in GFW
    October 08, 2010 - 17:11

    Do I have this straight ........ Mr.Mayor has concluded that bringing in BIG PERFORMERS that WILL DRAW A CROWD is HIGH RISK ........and he also apparently believes that bringing in SMALL TIME, MEDIOCRE acts isn't ????????????????????????????????????????????????? You can test his theory by reading the stats in the story !!! Three years of small time performers .......equal three yrs of losses. Looks like the opposite is true, Mr. Mayor.

  • Janel Pike
    October 07, 2010 - 23:34

    Although it is true Mr. Hawkins that bringing in bigger bandswould be a risk, think of the success it could bring our town. The beach Boys, Bon Jovi, Great Big Picnic.... I attended the later two (I was only 7 when the Beach Boys were here) but I do remember them bringing in HUGE crowds. Bon Jovi alone had members of their international fan club. I feel that the council is doing a fine job, but they really should speak to the public and let the public have a say in how the concert goes. I know that friends and I living away from home have said every year that we would love to go home for the concert, but really then names that have headlined have not been worth the trip. mabye if GFW had a HUGE act like the stones, or acdc, or kiss we would plan our trip accordingly.

  • robroy
    October 07, 2010 - 18:12

    I have to agree with the comments. Its not other venues are having concerts Bring in big names and you will bring in big crowds. Grand falls should be the hub for a summer festival for all of atlantic canada

  • Concerned Citizen
    October 06, 2010 - 15:22

    Agreed HOCKEYFAN9087... This year had no where near the calibre of stars that even last year had and I mean performers last year other than Akon weren't huge international stars. On the radio talk shows when discussions surrounding deficits over the past couple of years came up I already had a feeling the huge attractions weren't going to be part of the final lineup before I even knew who was coming. I didn't go this year when I seen the lineup because it wasn't even worth the hassle to me. It's almost like the council said well if we aren't making money or breaking even then we will cut back on costs and pull in lower calibre performers. Surprise but you have to spend money to make money. Pull in some big stars next year, keep tickets affordable thats not to say you couldn't raise them marginally but lets not get rediculous and you will see the attendance increase significantly. Also I'm not sure if there are additional buses that travel from St. John's and eastern Newfoundland during the salmon festival but that would be an idea. Many people don't make the venture from St. John's and surrounding areas because they don't know where to keep their vehicle without having it destroyed.

  • hockeyfan9087
    October 06, 2010 - 10:43

    Well.... if they had some BIG attractions then people would come.... Bring in the BIG performers... and people would come from all over the Atlantic Provinces just like they did with the Stones and AC DC acts in NB and NS Also... the concert with Nickelback in Bay Roberts brought big crowds did it not.