REVIEW: Big Red Music Festival


To bookend my live social media coverage of the Big Red Music Festival (#BRMF on Twitter), I posted a review of the three-day event for OnStage Magazine.

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Big Red Music Festival

It’s Canada’s 146th birthday, and this weekend I’m in Charlottetown, PEI, covering the Big Red Music Festival for Onstage Magazine. What a time! I’ve been live tweeting #BRMF since Friday night. How many ways can I say I love this festival?

Here. Let me show you some of yesterday’s highlights:

When I arrived, Joe Robinson, a young guitar-shreddin’ bluesy rocker, was setting up. I’d never heard of him before this week. Turns out he’s the winner of Australia’s Got Talent. Also turns out Joe‘s got loads of talent. And, beyond that, he likes the fans, even or maybe especially the ones who don’t know they’re about to become his fans. This interaction was a big highlight:


That’s right! Joe got IN US. He got right off the stage, over the barrier, and into the fray. Then, he kept on playing. (Damn!) That was brilliant. The crowd was great too, totally thrilled, not aggressive or foolish. No one spoiled the fun, so…

You have to wonder if they heard the roaring, if it buzzed backstage, because the two bands that followed Joe Robinson, fantastic Faber Drive and deadly Hedley, got right into us too. Dave Faber started his cool, here:


…and turned up the heat here:

And, we loved him more for it. It could be that Faber Drive was on fire yesterday because they were recording the show live, partly, but that is no matter. They lit it up. And lots of things were flung from the Big Red stage — water, t-shirts, CDs. Also, this hit me in the head:


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Hedley was headlining.


Hyperbolic Hedley showman Jake Hoggard jumped right onto us. I have a feeling he’s done this before. And it was nearly… well, CLICK HERE. I’ll show you.

Who doesn’t love LIVE? Live music is always a custom-made, one time offer. And, it’s always a co-creation between band and audience. Yesterday was my first time seeing these three man bands live with this crowd, and  I’m so excited everyone was so into it. Live doesn’t always mean turned on, plugged in and into it! But when the band is into it, the show is always good, always. And sometimes it’s fantastic.

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