CityFolkFest 2015 Day 1
I can’t think of a better way to finish out the last days of Summer than groovin to some good tunes at a festival on a warm evening and the first day of CityFolkFest, The Tubes and UB40Official delivered! If you want a review of the bands, you can find them in any local paper. The key for me was it was a great stroll down memory lane and a fun way to spend the evening.
As for the festival itself, this is a brand new location so it’s going to take some time to work out the kinks. Aside from the actual location and distance from transit, the Landsdowne Great Lawn makes a wonderful , comfortable and picturesque setting for a festival. On the positive side, it’s only a 30 minute walk from the main transit corridor downtown and on a nice day like yesterday, I will gladly walk to the venue. In more inclement weather (like we had for last years festival) I would prefer to take transit. Unfortunately, that wasn’t much of an option yesterday – the very small number of buses were packed even with the single stage running (I spotted a grand total of 2 packed buses during my 30 minute walk to the site and 3 packed buses on my way back downtown)! I sure hope they add more buses for the remaining days of the festival as the crowds are going to be significantly larger with the additional stages and bigger acts. Other areas that will probably need to be dealt with quickly are the sound levels (I had to move from the lawnchair section to the standing section up front in order to properly hear the full effect of UB40 and can only imagine how faint it was for those who were sitting on the hill at the back of the site), the washrooms (limited number of porta potties on-site, although that may be less of an issue once access to the other buildings is opened up starting tonight) and the water bottle refill station that’s in a part of the site that wasn’t open last night. Overall, I think this will make a great festival location as it’s much easier for the organizers with all the infrastructure in place and less likely to become a mud pit when it rains (which was a big problem last year).
I’ll be back on Friday to check out Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers and Van Morrison and may stay later to see St. Paul & Broken Bones or head down to Irene’s (part of the CityFolk Marvest free shows) to see The Strain @ Irenes.