SummerFest concerts moving ahead in Charlottetown

Nigel Armstrong
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Charlottetown SummerFest hit the ground running Thursday with three minutes of city council attention followed almost immediately by a press release with full concert details.

Charlottetown City Council met publicly for a few minutes on Thursday to pass two motions affecting the festival.

It gave $25,000 to the event organizers, Tourism Charlottetown the city's share of funding. Further funding comes from the province and ACOA.

Then council gave approval to use both Victoria Park and Confederation Landing Park for this year's event.

In both cases Councillor Danny Redmond was the lone vote against.

"I am supporting the residents down by Confederation Landing Park who continue to have concerns about those concerts," said Redmond.

New this year will see Victoria Park as the site for the free family activities, displays, fireworks and free concerts. It is expected that the fireworks will not be launched from the ground as they were many years ago. They will be launched from a floating barge, but it will be stationed off Victoria Park, unlike recent years.

Councillor Mitchell Tweel could not be more pleased.

"That is where it used to be," he said enthusiastically after the meeting. "There is more space (at Victoria Park), with the two fields. It is going to make for a much better experience for families and for our visitors."

Confederation Landing Park will host the paid concerts, with help from the Cavendish Beach Music Festival. The concert series runs Thursday June 30 to Saturday, July 2.

A press release sent Thursday says cost for a three-day adult pass is $69 plus tax plus service fees. The base price goes up to $89 after June 1.

A three-day VIP Club pass is $199 plus tax plus service fees, "while supplies last," said organizers.

The VIP package includes a preferred seating area, special beverage menu and pricing plus access to what is called the VIP Pit.

The line-up so far starts Thursday, June 30 with The Tragically Hip, plus a special guest to be announced.

Friday, July 1 will feature Eddie Money and again, a special guest to be announced.

"In 1986, Money released Can’t Hold Back, which featured the classic, Grammy-nominated duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight,” said the press release from SummerFest. "The song reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went platinum and also featured the hit “I Wanna Go Back.”

Saturday, July 2 will wrap up with Haywire opening for Meat Loaf, and a further special guest to be announced.

Organizations: ACOA.Then council, VIP Club, Tragically Hip Billboard Hot 100

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Victoria Park, Confederation Landing Park

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Recent comments

  • Alberta Joe and the Maritmer Carpet Baggers
    May 09, 2011 - 15:00

    If everyone would take notice to all of the other festivals that take place that weekend and how lucky you might be to have the line up you have. Its all relitive to the pay scale isnt it. Keep signing those Pogy cards!!!! HAAAAa I'll be there to mingle with the hypocrits!!! Enjoy the holiday for God sakes, and be happy we live in a country that supports such events.....

  • bunch of whiners
    May 06, 2011 - 11:06

    the lineup could read..." back from the dead elvis opening for jesus this canada day weeknd with special guest john lennon " ...and you turds would still complain.

  • Mike Jones
    May 06, 2011 - 10:27

    Hey Jeremy, Pretty silly eh! The line-up so far starts Thursday, June 30 with The Tragically Hip, plus a special guest to be announced. Knucklehead

    May 06, 2011 - 10:24

    Not a bad line up,not a great line up.Hip have been here a few times now and can be a little slow out of the gate but usually get the job done.Eddie Money should be interesting,a little long in the tooth but could be a pleasant surprise.Eddie could keep the rowdy's in line as well being he's a former New York cop. Tend to agree w/ the Meatloaf review.Mr. Loaf has blow out his voice a number of times now and I doubt we'll see the 'bat outta hell" Meatloaf although he could surprise us as well.Haywire is,well Haywire.Always have time for the local boys.Love the idea of including Victoria Park.Now if we could build a new band shell out there and invite the Black Crowes we'd be on to something...pun intended.

  • Rock Archaeology
    May 06, 2011 - 10:06

    If this were 1975 for Meatloaf, 1988 for some others--then this would be quite a lineup. It is, however, 2011, and some of the lineup is a curiosity rather a real draw. There are so many great indie artists these days that a well advertised concert on our beautiful Island would be a big draw...and it wouldn't be rock archaeology.

  • MTH
    May 06, 2011 - 10:02

    Other than the Hip, this concert line up is brutal. What I dont understand is why people can't just stop thier whining and deal with it? They cost the island an extremely popular and profitable event that occurs on only 2 days of the year and on Canada Day weekend nonetheless. If it was a 7-10 day event then I would understand but its only 2 days. And you can't tell me that the concert crowd is any worse then the hundreds of people that that show up at Peakes completely hammered every single weekend. Thank You for destroying one of the best things about PEI Sincerly, Myself and all my fellow "reckless alcoholic" young adults

  • PEI Gurl
    PEI Gurl
    May 06, 2011 - 09:27

    Awesome lineup this year...Though not a fan of the hip or meatloaf...I heard meatloaf has an amazing show that I look forward to seeing. Having Haywire is what I'm looking forward to seeing..welcome back boys :) Long overdue....

  • Jimmy
    May 06, 2011 - 08:35

    Haywire is washed up,playing the same songs over and over...reminds me of a broken record

  • just saying
    May 06, 2011 - 08:03

    Just Google Meatloaf concert reviews over the past 5 years.....Guy can hardly breath let alone sing.

  • JoBlo
    May 06, 2011 - 06:06

    I could not be more happier that Meat Loaf is in the line up....never in a million years did I think I'd ever have a chance to see him in concert...I am one super happy pregnant girl right now!!!!!!

  • David
    May 06, 2011 - 02:49

    Is this not a Murphy event? I think one of Kevin Murphies Kids is in charge of this event. Have to wonder how much Money for this event will be funneled out to Cavendish.

  • garybusey
    May 05, 2011 - 23:44

    i wonder if gary busey is one of the special guests

  • Jason white
    May 05, 2011 - 23:12

    Great line up and great use of 2 spaces, great thinking by the organizers. Two thumbs up!

  • Let There Be Rock
    May 05, 2011 - 22:10

    That's a pretty good lineup. Way better than those rotten emo bands that were there.

  • Mark
    May 05, 2011 - 22:05

    Nothing wrong with having Meatloaf at all. Not a fan but saw him in high school and he put on a wicked live show. However with The Tragically Hip also coming I struggle to understand how they can call Meatloaf their headline act. Either way good job Charlottetown. The fact that you let a bunch of old biddy's in town destroy such a great profitable event the last few years was ridiculous. A couple of loud drunks on the street is well worth the money and excitement this will create around town.

    • stroback
      May 06, 2011 - 01:53

      If they could keep it down to a couple of drunks it might not be too bad, there's often that many around without the concert. The problem is the large crowds of unruly drunks and noise volumes that are unbareable inside with all the windows shut tight.

  • Neil
    May 05, 2011 - 21:38

    I've made some negitive comments on this forum in the past about the direction that the Summerfest has gone since leaving the "rock" focussed Festival of Lights. However, in my opinion this is the best lineup possible. Meatloaf, Eddie Money, Haywire, and the Tragically Hip, that's an awesome lineup. I don't care who the special guests are, great job event organizers, this is going to be a huge success!!!