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Plan to attend the 2015 Long Day’s Night Music Festival. Come celebrate four of the longest days of the year with great music in the big-top tent in Swift Current June 18-21. 


People can also take advantage of the SGI-sponsored free rides home right to their front door.
Shred Kelly will dazzle the Long Day’s Night stage on June 17 as the Appreciation Night for all of the wonderful volunteers.
Shred Kelly is a formulation of friends and foot stomping good times born in the East Kootenay’s of British Columbia. The five-piece band is best known for mixing clawhammer banjo riffs that tear the fabric of space and time with ambient synth, high-voltage guitar, fierce drums, and hauntingly-sweet vocal harmonies to produce a sound that has been properly coined “Stoke Folk.”
Each volunteer must be committed to at least one position during the Windscape Kite Festival and/or the Long Day’s Night festival and is permitted one guest to the concert on the Wednesday evening.
LeE HARVeY OsMOND, performing on June 18, is a Canadian psychedelic folk band, whose “acid folk” sound is inspired by, and grown from, lead musician Tom Wilson.
Since 2009, LeE HaRVEY OsMOND has released two albums. Both albums were long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize — A Quiet Evil in 2010, and The Folk Sinner in 2013. Their new album Beautiful Scars is gaining great critical acclaim. Wilson’s career really took off in the ’90s, as the leader of the much-loved Canadian rock band Junkhouse. From there, Wilson teamed up with Colin Linden and Stephen Fearing to form Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, whose roots-rock sound found them a new audience.
Opening for LeE HARVeY OsMOND will be Bears in Hazenmore, an alternative-ambient folk group from the heart of the prairies. Spearheaded by composer and multi-instrumentalist Brady Frank, Bears in Hazenmore draws in audiences with intimate lyricism and passionate, orchestral climaxes, operating as a five-piece ensemble that includes extensive use of ambient guitar, brass and woodwind textures, as well as, dynamic percussion.  
Hitting the stage on June 19 is Bend Sinister, a progressive-indie band based out of Vancouver, B.C.
At the heart of Bend Sinister sits singer and keyboard player Dan Moxon. His softspoken and warm demeanour belie the frenetic stage antics and vocal gymnastics that have made him one of the most unforgettable front men in the Canadian indie scene. His strong writing draws from a wealth of influences and he is as equally at home softly singing over a piano ballad as he is wailing over crushing drums and guitars.
Not to outshine however, the rest of the band is just as dynamic. If Moxon is the heart, then drummer Jason Dana is the gut. Channeling the best beats of This Lizzy and Led Zeppelin, Dana propels the band through their live set like a twin-engine jet. At the flanks are guitar player Joseph Blood and bassist Matt Rhode.
Opening for Bend Sinister is 2015 Blues Album of the year, Juno Award-winning, Steve Hill. When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire, Hill, has no limits. Throughout his intense live shows, Hill performs standing up while singing and playing guitar, with his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and, with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other percussion within reach. With roots in blues, rock and a little bit of country, Hill performs his original songs as well as some of everyone’s favourite blues classics.
Headlining Saturday night is Yukon Blonde, a Canadian indie rock band who has earned no shortage of acclaim for its hook-heavy brand of pop rock. Despite their love of vintage rock ‘n’ roll, the members aren’t the kind of guys who cling to the past. Their self-labeled healing and easy listening-rock music earned them the top placement at the Canadian Music Week Rock ‘n’ Roll Report Cards. Dance-able and poppy, their live show evokes late-’70s/early-’80s post-punk fever. Their new music still bears some of the hallmarks of what made Yukon Blonde so beloved to begin with: the jangling riffs, the warm harmonies, and Innes’ inquisitive lyrical questioning of the world around him. Their live shows are jacked up on sugar-spiked pop and coursing with adrenaline.
The Opening act on Saturday is Scott Richmond Band. Scott Richmond is a Saskatchewan-born singer-songwriter from a farm just north of Gravelbourg.  At the age of 19, Richmond began to teach himself how to play guitar, and by the age of 22 he has won two French-language music competitions, and was a finalist at the most prestigious singer-songwriter competition in French Canada, the Festival International de la Chanson.
For his live performance, Richmond and his band combine world-class musicianship with a dynamic and soulful show, recreating the beauty and innovativeness that his music is known for. Whether it is his high-energy folk or his gritty country, doused in blues, Richmond has been captivating listeners all over the world with his poignant lyrics, his enchanting melodies, and his soulful vocals.   
The Mad Caddies will close out the Long Day’s Night festival on June 21.
Since their inception, during high school in California, nearly two decades ago, the Mad Caddies have toured the world countless times delighting fans with their unique blend of reggae, punk, ska, and pop.  
With their newest album Dirty Rice, the Mad Caddies have proven they’re just as impassioned and energetic as ever.  
In many ways the band’s first full-length in seven years sees them coming full circle, demonstrating how even though trends and times have changed, the Mad Caddies’ commitment to creating dynamic music has only grown stronger.
There isn’t an easy way to explain the Mad Caddies because there is nothing typical about them and that is probably why they’ve lasted so long and their fan base just keeps growing with them.  The Mad Caddies are proud that they now have second-generation fans.
Don’t miss the 2015 Long Day’s Night festival as the summer is started off with a bang.
A limited number of festival passes are available for all four nights for $95. Individual night tickets are $30.
Tickets are available at Pharmasave and TicketEdge.ca.

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