Living in a small town means you have to travel a lot to see the bands you love. Having the bands come to you is a very rare thing so when the Big Music Fest line up was announced it was fangirl overload with Hedley being one of the bands to perform. I purchased regular tickets, having a bad experience with VIP tickets the previous year i know it wasn’t worth it.
The day of the show came. There was word that fans stayed by the gates all night. I must say Hedley has some amazing fans. The gates didn’t open until 1pm but i was late so didn’t get in until about 1:30ish. The walk from the parking and to the gate was a good 15mins. The first act to perform was a band from Orillia, Ontario called Bleeker Ridge. I had no idea who they were and what they sounded like. After they played 2 songs I got right into it and they became a band that i liked. Bleeker Ridge put on a good show and did a great job at warming up the crowd which is something we needed because it started to rain kinda hard.
After Bleeker Ridge rocked the stage The Wallflowers came up next, again another band i never heard of. They were pretty good but the rain that continued to come down turned into a down pour and put damper on the mood. Set aside the rain, The Wallflowers kept the crowd going and put on a good show.
Once The Wallflowers were finished performing Counting Crows took the stage. Now not being a fan of the Counting Crows I didn’t pay that much attention to what was going on in front of me on the stage and quickly got distracted with my phone and meeting new people standing beside me. I also spent some time sitting on the ground listening to what was going on. They played for close to 1 ½ hour. When the hour was up you could see some of the crowd getting bored and not really into it anymore. Close to the end of their set i spotted the Hedley boys off to the side watching the band perform. That got the crowd going. But going back to the Counting Crows performing they were good but it wasn’t my type of music but the older audience loved them and it made a lot of their day to see the band perform.
Up next was the most waited for band of the day… yep thats right it was Hedley! After standing for 5 hours waiting for them to come on stage it become worth the pain i was in. They came on with high energy and had the crowd dancing the minute they came out. They started with the song One Life and it got better from there. Jacobs stage presence was amazing and at one point during the show I was in tears from being so happy. This wasn’t Hedleys first time playing BMF in our town but it sure was the best one. I was Dave’s side so we made a lot of eye contact and he smiled a lot! Jacob was all over the stage like always. I loved the gift throwing; they had everyone throw up anything that we had available to them within 30 seconds. They got a lot of funny stuff like a battery and chocolate (which Jacob ate). They played a lot of their new songs off of Storms but mixed in some old ones from their other albums. There were some mishaps that happened like the T Shirt canon not working for Jacob and the crowd trying to pull him of stage but all together it made the show that much better. Watching Hedley perform made the standing for hours and getting drenched by rain water worth it. I will miss these guys so much and cannot wait for them to come again.
After Hedley played Burton Cummings was the closing performer, i cannot review his set because I went off to find some water, food and a bathroom than headed home. I am very impressed with how things were this year at BMF and cannot wait to see what they bring us next year in 2014.
-Lizzie @Fizzie_LizzieFD- Guest Reviewer for Canadian Beats
All photos included in review are also credited to Lizzie.