As the final day of SappyFest 10 dawned on us we took time to explore the beauty of Sackville. A walk through the Waterfowl park and a few moments of quiet contemplation were ample preparation for the shenanigans that day 3 would bring. Our day started off with Peterborough Ontario’s finest The Lonely Parade. They played a ferocious set full of the energy only found in those who are true youths. They have become an increasing force to be reckoned with as they continue to grow as musicians.
The fun times continued with Halifax’s Nap Eyes’ spacey guitar heavy tunes. Ears buzzing we took a quick cocktail break at Thunder and Lightning before heading to The Vogue theatre to catch a perennial Sappy favourite Steven Lambke play a plugged in solo set. The Constantines guitarist/Sappy inside joke Dj Coconuts, was in the best spirits sharing hilarious stories and classic songs like Plymoth Acclaim for Sale. We emerged into the cool evening air grinning from ear to ear and made our way back to the main stage.
A few set changes meant that we had back to back opportunities to dance our faces off to Vogue Dots and the ever impressive Doldrums. The young faces dispersed amongs the crowd and the endless swaying to both of their sets were the perfect build up to what was next.
The unofficial musical mayor of Sackville, the one and only Shotgun Jimmie. Backed by current tour mates Human Music, Jimmie played a tight set of classic Jimbo tunes. We couldn’t have asked for a better time and then he invited Steven Lambke, Julie Doiron and Adrian Teacher onstage. Next thing we knew, the familiar and bombastic guitar riffs of last year’s headliner The Constantines’ Young Lions. The audience lost their minds and then we found ourselves compelled to jump into the crowd and surf. As we made our way back onto stage we realized that Constantines lead singer Bry Webb had climbed on stage to sing his heart out. Shaking with sheer joy and smiling from ear to ear we sang every word along with Bry.
Jimmie ended his set to chants of 10 more years from everyone in the audience. Here’s to the first 10 and the next 10 and ten more after that. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for Sappy 11.
Here are some shots from the final day of SappyFest X.
The Lonely Parade