Other Salmon Festival acts include The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, and Johnny Reid
The speculation and rumours have come to an end, but the anticipation and excitement for the 2013 Toyota Salmon Festival Concert has just begun.
The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor held a press conference on Thursday morning to announce the lineup for the big event, which will take place on July 13 at Centennial Field. Headlining the concert are rock legends and multi-Grammy winners The Eagles. Supporting them on the big stage are Canadian superstars The Tragically Hip as well as Blue Rodeo, Johnny Reid, and the Matt Minglewood Band.
“Today it is my pleasure to announce what I consider to be the greatest show that Newfoundland and Labrador has ever experienced,” said Grand Falls-Windsor Mayor Al Hawkins at the press conference.
“Certainly we feel like this particular lineup will attract people not only in Newfoundland and Labrador but certainly from Atlantic Canada as well,” he said. “We figure (this is) a concert for all age groups.”
Hawkins added that he feels any of the acts could be headliners by themselves. Two of the acts, Blue Rodeo and the Tragically Hip, have actually been main acts of past Salmon Festivals.
This is the third year for promoter SRO’s involvement in the Salmon Festival, who have been credited with revitalizing the event. In the past two years they’ve brought huge names like Kiss, Aerosmith, Carly Rae Jepson, Flo Rida, and more to the town, and have seen huge increases in fan turnout. Last year over 20,000 fans packed into Centennial Field to take in the show.
“We’re expecting a great turnout, and we’re expecting probably more people to turn out to this event than any other event we’ve hosted in previous years,” Hawkins said.
Tickets for the Salmon Festival Concert will go on sale Friday, April 26 and will be available to purchase by phone, online, and at Needs convenience stores across the province. A limited number of early bird tickets will be available for the price of $119.75 and after that tickets will cost $134.75.
There will also be a VIP section available with some minor changes from last year. This year, only concertgoers 19 and older will be permitted in the VIP section. VIP tickets are limited, and cost $221. All ticket prices are before taxes and surcharges. Booking information for campsites will come at a later date.
“We consider the price for this level of entertainment to be a bargain price really,” said Hawkins. “We believe we’ve done a great job in getting the level of entertainment we’re getting for the price.”
Hawkins said he expects the early bird and VIP tickets to sell fast, and suggested people get their tickets as soon as possible after they go on sale.
This year’s head sponsor for the festival is Toyota, which includes all the dealerships in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Other sponsors and partners include Bell Aliant, Subway, The Butler Group, Canadian Tire Thruway Recreation, and DRL Coachlines.
Donnini’s Pizza and Donairs will be providing concessions at the concert grounds, and like last year, there will be plenty of bartenders in the VIP section and beer garden to tend to the liquor and beer needs of concertgoers.
Hawkins said without the support of the business community in Grand Falls-Windsor and the rest of the province the Salmon Festival wouldn’t be possible.
Salmon Festival committee chair Councillor Bruce Moores also gave details about other events at this year’s festival during Thursday’s press conference.
Aside from the concert, the Town has put together a week of fun events for all ages. Following with tradition, the festival will kick off with the annual salmon dinner on Thursday, July 11. On Friday, July 12 there will be the stadium dance with live entertainment for people age 19 and over
“We’re still making plans trying to line up some great bands for (the stadium dance) as well,” said Moores.
The Monday following the Salmon Festival will be Grand Falls-Windsor Day on High Street, and Moores said there will be lots of great activities for families. Moores said more information on the other events will be available on the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor’s website at www.grandfallswindsor.com.
“Saturday, it’s true, The Eagles will be landing in Grand Falls-Windsor on July 13,” Moores said. “And we’re going to have some fine weather again this year.”
The website for the 2013 Salmon Festival is will go live tomorrow at www.salmonfestival.com and will include ticket information, ordering details, and more.
“I can hardly contain my excitement,” said Hawkins. “This is a day we’ve been long waiting for, this is a huge concert.”
The headlining act for the 2013 Salmon Festival concert is The Eagles! Other acts are: The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Johnny Reid, and the Matt Minglewood Band. Tickets on sale April 26! Check out www.gfwadvertiser.ca later today for more info.