2014 won’t have 2013 problems, Salmon Fest organizers say

Andrea Gunn
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This year’s Salmon Festival concert, being held July 5, won’t feature the problems experienced last year, say the organizers.

Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5, led by frontman Adam Levine (centre), will headline the 2014 Toyota Salmon Fest concert in Grand Falls-Windsor. — Submitted photo

Darren Finn, the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor Salmon Festival committee chair, said they’ve taken steps to remedy the lack of water and overcrowding in the VIP sections experienced in 2013.

Finn said they’ve increased security to keep unauthorized people out of the VIP section and increased the number of entrances and exits so people can come and go without congestion.

“The VIP section will be a good experience,” he said.

Finn said he’s 100 per cent confident there will be no water shortage, saying not only will there be an abundance of bottled water for sale, but there will also be free water stations and misting stations for concertgoers who want to cool off.

Last year’s concert drew complaints as concessions ran out of supplies.

Finn said this year there will be plenty of food and beverage concessions and toilet facilities.

The 2014 Toyota Salmon Festival concert will include Grammy-award-winning pop/rock band Maroon 5 — the headliners — as well as Pit Bull, Simple Plan, American Authors and Virginia to Vegas.

Finn wouldn’t divulge the numbers, but said ticket sales are going well and many accommodations are booked for the weekend.

In the past, the event has drawn more than 20,000 people to the region.

“It’s going to be an awesome day,” Finn said. “Bands are coming with huge productions so people can expect to see … light shows, pyrotechnics, lots of dancers.”

Finn pointed out that earlier this month, rap artist Pitbull played at the opening ceremonies for the World Cup in Rio — the biggest sporting event of the world.

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has been making the talk-show circuit in the U.S. and is a judge on TV’s “The Voice.” He’s also in an upcoming movie with Keira Knightly called “Begin Again.”

“Maroon 5 is a band that has been around for 15 years,” Finn said. “You look Maroon 5 up on YouTube you will find that they have songs on there with over 200 million hits. Pitbull has songs on there with over 250 million hits.”

Centennial Park will open to concert ticket holders at around 1 p.m. on concert day with the first act, Virginia to Vegas, taking the stage at around 2:30 p.m. They’ll be followed by American Authors, Simple Plan, Pit Bull and Maroon 5.

Clarenville native Jon Pardy —  winner of the most recent “Big Brother Canada” — will be on the field for a meet-and-greet, along with housemate Neda Kalantar.

“The long range is forecasting sun,” Finn said. “That’s what we ordered and that’s what we hope to get.”

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Geographic location: Grand Falls, Virginia, Rio U.S. Vegas

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  • Gerry
    June 28, 2014 - 21:18

    I was warned against last year's concert by a friend who had been there in the "Very Insignificant Persons " area the year before. He told me some of the issues that they had had. We had many of the same last year only worse! I wish I had listened and not gone last year. Now I hope the Salmon festival committee learns after at least 2 straight years of f---ups and really get it together this year! They promised better washrooms and concessions in the VIP section last year as well!