Big Music Fest 2012
Anybody who has followed these pages (and I know you are legion) will recall my mentioning this festival. In its first year, they had the Hip at Wiarton airport, which was the nightmare I predicted. Then they moved it into town here, and had Our Lady Peace and David Wilcox and other people I can’t remember. I didn’t go. Last year it was cancelled, because they couldn’t sell enough tickets when INXS was the headliner. Imagine that.
Well, this year it was on again. Remember, this event is held in the park down the street from my house. Even with all the doors and windows closed, the music is quite clearly audible in here. And, just like other years, it was another really hot day. I can’t imagine being down in that dusty melee, being jostled by drunk people and scorched by an unrelenting sun. My brain will not even compute what hell that must be.
The bands this year was a list I wouldn’t hate to see, but I wasn’t going to shell out $60 to go to it, either. According to the web site, in the afternoon it was the New Cities, then Carly Rae Jepsen and Down With Webster. Yeah, I don’t know who any of those people are… which is not to say they weren’t good. I have no idea. Then the evening show ran with Rival Sons, Arkells, I Mother Earth, the Trews and Three Days Grace closing it all out.
We saw the Arkells on a bill with Immaculate Machine at the Horseshoe in Toronto. They were really good. But I haven’t heard the new record. I would like to have seen I Mother Earth the first time around. I wonder if they still have it. The Trews could be cool, it’s not their first time playing here. And TDG didn’t interest me at all. So there you go. A bunch of people I never heard of, a couple of groups I could see but don’t need to, and a headliner for whom I couldn’t name one song.
Which isn’t to say the music was bad. But the combination of heat, alcohol and the general populace in this area made me want to stay well away from this event. Besides, I could hear it just fine from right here, in my living room.
Wow, that’s a lot of words about an event I didn’t attend.