Big Red Music Festival hits Charlottetown

Maureen Coulter
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The Big Red Music Festival hit Charlottetown this weekend with a bang as 13 bands performed on the main stage and Red Shores Stage at the Charlottetown Events Grounds.

The headliner performing on Saturday was Marianas Trench and on Sunday it was the Sam Roberts Band.

Charlottetown Police Services Sgt. Brad MacConnell, said they have been planning the policing aspect of this event for quite some time.

“We are confident in the plan we have put together. We think it’s a plan that’s both appropriate and scalable for whatever crowds we get this weekend. So whether it’s 5,000 or 17,000, our plan will adapt and meet the needs.” 

Though no numbers were releases in regards to the amount of police on site, a person didn’t have to go too far without running into a pair of policemen walking or driving by.

The Charlottetown police mission is to lessen the impact on the neighbourhoods surrounding the event site and to provide a safe venue for people who are attending the concerts, said MacConnell.

“We certainly have enough police to make that a reality.”

Judy Cosgrove travelled over from Halifax to attend the family friendly event with her husband, three daughters and her older daughters boyfriend to see Marianas Trench perform on Saturday.

“That’s her life. I kid you not. She is up at the front of the stage and refuses to use the washroom or sit down or anything. She is there till the end.” Judy Cosgrove describing her daughter as a big fan

Cosgrove is a fan of the band, but it’s her 13-year-old daughter who adores it.

 “That’s her life. I kid you not. She is up at the front of the stage and refuses to use the washroom or sit down or anything. She is there till the end.” 

When the Cosgrove family usually visits P.E.I., they stay in the Cavendish area, making it their first time visiting Charlottetown over the weekend

“It’s a beautiful city that is for sure.”

Next weekend country fans will have the chance to experience The Cavendish Beach Music Festival from July 4-6 with more than 30 country music acts including Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes.

The Big Red Festival will return on Saturday July 12 to rock P.E.I. with nine bands including The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie and Matt Mays. 

Organizations: Police Services

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Marianas Trench, Cavendish Halifax

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Recent comments

  • townie22
    July 02, 2014 - 08:40

    unfortunately, it was the heat. i was talking to quite a few people who said they would like to go, but it was just too hot to be standing in a crowd, most opted for the beach.

    • Chris w
      July 02, 2014 - 19:30

      You couldnt be more wrong from the truth. The fact is, these clowns running the festival have little clue what they are doing. Thus the lack of numbers. They are small town amateurs competing against real world competition. The only reason they've done so well with cbmf is due to their unlimited check book of gov't money.

    • b
      July 03, 2014 - 14:42

      @Chris w - What in hell are you talking about? go back to bed...

  • Low attendance
    June 30, 2014 - 14:16

    Last night for Sam Roberts would be lucky if a 1000 were there. Saturday night was estimated at 1400 but the door guys figure 1100 would max that number. It is now known as the Big Red Bust.

    • just a thought
      July 02, 2014 - 07:18

      Not complaining about our beautiful summer weather, but I think maybe the heat affected attendance... I know that we opted out... standing out in a crowd, in the hot sun, in 35 degree humidex was a little too much for us. Must have been really challenging for the performers on stage, under those hot lights!

  • Chris W
    June 29, 2014 - 21:35

    Would be nice to know how many people were in attendance. Perhaps some estimates?