Thursday, 14 June 2012 10:01

Long Day's Night Music Festival in Swift Current should be a beauty

Written by  By Jessi Gowan
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For the past ten years, Swift Current music lovers have celebrated the longest nights of the year at Long Day's Night Music Festival, held in conjunction with the Windscape Kite Festival from June 21-24. The event brings fantastic performers from across North America to play in a big-top tent at the corner of Marston Street and 11th Avenue SW in Swift Current. This year's lineup features four nights of incredible music, with both headline acts and opening performers.

The festival kicks off on Thursday night with Shuyler Jansen and Foam Lake opening for Yukon Blonde. This alt-country, pop, retro-rock group was nominated for a Polaris Prize for their self-titled debut, and recently released their follow up album, Tiger Talk.

“My daughter has seen them live, and gave them a great recommendation,” explained festival organizer Shann Gowan. “They are known to have one of the best live shows out there, and I am really excited to show them off to Swift Current.”

Friday night brings opening band Indigo Joseph taking the stage before Delhi 2 Dublin, who have been described as the United Nations of rock 'n' roll. The group combines Bhangra, Celtic, Dub Reggae and Electronica with global rhythms and club beats to create a completely unique and energetic sound.

“Delhi 2 Dublin brings a seemingly impossible mixture of very different styles of music, and I think that's a really interesting thing,” Gowan added. “Their show is way too much fun, totally extraordinary, and I just love fiddle music.”

On Saturday, Castle River will open for Jordan Cook, who performed at the very first Long Day's Night festival in 2002. Cook's swaggering blues have earned him a well-deserved reputation for entertaining, and have allowed him the opportunity to perform alongside greats like Van Morrison, B.B. King, and the Aretha Franklin band.

“When we first had him perform, he was just a young kid,” admitted Gowan. “He's grown, he's gotten even better, and now he is known as one of the best guitarists in the world. He puts on an unbelievable show, and he's from our home province. I am thrilled to have him back.”

The festival wraps up on Sunday following a performance by Elliott Brood, who blend roof-raising rhythm stomp and mandolin with luscious harmonies, piano, and electric guitar. The band has taken their unique 'death country' sound on tour with acts like Wilco, Blue Rodeo, Corb Lund, and the Sadies, playing festivals across North America, Europe and Australia.

“Elliott Brood is actually one of my personal favorite bands, probably the band that I've traveled the most to see, and I think they are one of the best groups performing in Canada right now,” explained Gowan. “They have a really neat sound, and I've been trying to get them to Long Day's Night for years. They are so different from anything else, and they will put on a fantastic show.”

Tickets for individual performances are $25 for Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night, and $35 for Sunday night. Festival passes for all four nights can be purchased for $90. Tickets can be purchased at Pharmasave or by contacting Shann Gowan at 306-778-2686 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . They can also be purchased through the website, by visiting the Long Day's Night tab at

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