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Wednesday, 12 June 2013 15:54

Long Day's Night music festival starts up next week in Swift Current

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Kicking off on June 20 in Swift Current, Long Day’s Night music festival promises four nights of fantastic music under a big-top tent at Marston Street and 11th Avenue SW. The festival, now in its 11th year, provides a great way to enjoy the longest nights of the year with an impressive lineup of entertainment.


“This year, we are starting things off with Taj Weekes and Adowa, a reggae band out of New York City,” explained Shann Gowan, Cultural Festivals Coordinator. “They have been around for a while, and have seen a lot of recognition for the great message in their music. They are very-socially aware, and will put on a great show.”

Opening for Taj Weekes and Adowa on June 20 is Descalso, a reggae group originally from Saskatoon. June 21 will present another opening act from Saskatoon, Young Benjamins. They will be starting the show before Old Man Markley will take the stage.

“This group is made up of members of punk bands who decided that they wanted to give bluegrass a try,” Gowan said. “They are lots of fun, really high-energy, and will be a fantastic live show. I’m really excited to see them.”

Saturday night will feature opening act Over the Air, a local band who recently released a brand-new recording ‘Cold Hands’. The band will be opening for Hollerado, an alternative pop group whose live show is an exciting experience.

“Closing it out, at Living Sky Casino on Sunday night, we will be presenting Juno award-winning Serena Ryder,” added Gowan. “We are really excited to have an artist of this calibre coming to Swift Current, and that will be a great show to present at the casino.”

Tickets for the festival are already selling quickly, and Gowan anticipates a full tent each night. She has also seen a lot of support from the business community, who are very generous with their sponsorship each year.

“Once again, Akropol will be feeding my bands, and Super 8 will be giving them hotel rooms,” she said. “I have major sponsors each night, and SGI is providing us with free bus rides home, so that no one goes home in their cars if they have been drinking. We’ve also got great raffle items to draw for, and lots of fantastic volunteers lined up to help us make this festival a success.”

Although the festival does draw audiences from outside of the community, Gowan is focused on offering something special to the residents of Swift Current. Children are allowed to attend the festival, and ticket prices are low – a four night pass to attend each concert is only $100. Individual concert tickets are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets,, and click on the Music Festival tab.

“I think that every town should have an outdoor music festival in the summer,” noted Gowan. “Being outside and listening to music in a big tent is an experience that everyone should get to enjoy. It keeps people here who might otherwise go elsewhere to attend music festivals, and it’s such a good time for everyone.”

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