CAVENDISH — Rain, which was at times heavy, turned the festival grounds into a giant mud pit in front of the stage but the weather and messy conditions didn’t stop a large crowd from attending the final day of the Cavendish Beach Music Festival to see Lady Antebellum Sunday.
© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Parts of the grounds of the Cavendish Beach Music Festival looked like a quagmire Sunday as heavy rains all day turned the field into mud near the stage area. That did not stop true country fans who would not let a bit of rain discourage them.
The final numbers aren’t in for the festival but organizers estimated approximately 35,000 people were on hand to see Taylor Swift on Saturday with tens of thousands attending every night to see artists like Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town throughout the five-day event.
Organizers expected to see almost 100,000 people walk through the gates during the festival and the final numbers may show the estimates were not far off.
Mark Ferguson came from Halifax to attend the festival for the second year and took in three nights of performances, including Keith Urban on Thursday, and said the whole event just had a special feel to it and he was happy to be a part of it.
“We just love the whole atmosphere. They brought in some pretty good acts and Keith Urban was awesome,” Ferguson said.
Everybody’s positive and just laughing about the rain. Pat O'Connor, festival-goer
The rainy weather wasn’t going to stop him from seeing the festival’s final show, which included Lady Antebellum, Ferguson said.
“(The rain) doesn’t bother us so much. The car is parked close so we’ll go to the car and warm up and come back up (to the grounds).”
Pat O’Connor, who has a summer residence on P.E.I., came from New York and took in the show for a second year as well.
O’Connor said she loves P.E.I. and plans to move here and the music festival is a great way to market the Island.
“I’ve always felt very strongly P.E.I. should tap into the music industry.”