First Annual WTFest A Success – Big Wreck, The Trews, I Mother Earth, Hedley, Dear Rouge, USS, and Lights Among Artists at Brantford Festival

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Big Wreck’s Ian Thornley at the first annual WTFest. Big Wreck headlined the two-day festival on Saturday June 13. PHOTO CREDIT: Joel Naphin

(Brantford, ON) – The first annual WTFest got underway to a great start despite many locals wondering if this was actually going to go on after a failed attempt for another festival a couple years ago.

The two-day festival took place at Lions Park on Saturday June 13 and on Sunday June 14. Canadian artists included Big Wreck, The Trews, I Mother Earth, The Mohrs, Gloryhound and more on Saturday while Hedley headlined Sunday’s lineup along with USS, Lights, Dear Rouge and more.

I was only able to attend Saturday’s show but what I experienced was one of the best festivals I’ve been to in a long time – and for the price that was charged fans got their money’s worth! The entire weekend of music was just under $70.00.

Gates were slightly delayed in opening due to crews still cleaning up after the previous day’s heavy downpour. Today (Saturday), however, the weather was sunny and warm – perfect for a festival!

The music got underway just after 3 p.m. with Ghost Town Orchestra, Jim Dan Dee, Sons of Revelry and Peeler.

The park was pretty empty for the first few bands but as the day went on with the bigger bands playing the park began to fill up.

Next up was Halifax band Gloryhound and Toronto’s The Mohrs.

After The Mohrs‘ set there was over an hour wait till I Mother Earth took over the stage.

I Mother Earth is currently playing several shows throughout the summer with no album and no record company. The band recently released a new single to Canadian radio back in February called The Devil’s Engine – the follow-up to 2012’s We Got the Love.

I Mother Earth played for about an hour and showed what a great, tight band they still are. But what fans saw at WTFest is just a fraction of what this band is capable – playing for 2-3 hours on their own!

Up next was The Trews, originally from Antigonish, NS. The Trews recently released their new single on June 1 called Under the Sun – off their self-titled album released last year. A great set by The Trews!

Headlining the night was Big Wreck playing almost 90 minutes worth of hits and songs off their latest album, Ghosts (2014). The music ended just before 11 p.m.

I am sure the next day (minus the rain) was just as successful. Can’t wait to see what WTFest does next year!

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Ghost Town Orchestra
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Jim Dan Dee
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Sons of Revelry
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The Mohrs
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I Mother Earth
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The Trews
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Big Wreck
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