Cavendish Beach Music Festival confirms return for 2013

Mitch MacDonald comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on July 11, 2012
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Just days after this past weekend’s Cavendish Beach Music Festival has wrapped up, country music fans can already start planning for next year’s hoedown.

Festival president Jeff Squires has confirmed to The Guardian the event would be returning in 2013.

“(We’re) looking forward to the fifth annual Cavendish Beach Music Festival,” said Squires without hesitation, adding that the festival’s return is a given with its popularity.

“People are planning yearly to come to Cavendish and are planning their vacations around the music festival.”

This year’s festival, which saw 55,000 to 60,000 individuals throughout the weekend, was a success in a number of factors, added Squires.

“I think it was a very positive event and we’re very happy with the attendance, the weather, the customer feedback and comments from the performers,” said Squires.

Whispering Bill Anderson, one of the performers who met the loud crowds of Cavendish over the weekend, said the festival left a good impression on him.

Anderson was undeniably the most experienced of all performers at the festival, having been involved in the country music scene for more than 50 years.

“I thought it was terrific I enjoyed it a lot,” said Anderson in an interview with The Guardian. “A terrific crowd. You know the setup was great, the stage and sound and everything. A lot of country music fans there.”

Despite the large influx of population on the North Shore community,  RCMP also said the event went well with no serious incidents.

There were only 33 arrests made, while RCMP also laid several false identification tickets for minors using a fake I.D. to get into the beer tent.

Squires said catching fake IDs was the main reason for ID'ing every single person who entered the beer tent.

“I think it just goes to credit the level of diligence our festival staff and service providers do in making sure that we’re running a quality event,” he said.

One of the few complaints arising from the festival stemmed from food vendors who were told by the P.E.I. Health Department they had to pre-cook their beef before selling it on site.

“I have 100 per cent confidence in the Department of Health and their rules and regulations in dealing with food vendors,” said Squires when asked about the issue.