Photo Credit: Linda Heldman & Orest Dorosh
For the Arkells, last Saturday’s show, June 23rd, in their hometown of Hamilton, was something special. For one, it was their only summer show in the Golden Horseshoe; second, it was held at Tim Hortons Field, home of the Hamilton Tiger Cats Football Club; and third, it was the biggest audience they have ever headlined at a massive 24,000 fans! When the show was first announced it was scheduled as a lower bowl and field show only. After an overwhelming demand for tickets, it was extended to the upper bowl as well. It is worth noting that $1.00 from every ticket sold was donated to Refuge Hamilton Centre For Newcomer Health via PLUS 1.
Being titled The Rally, this was more than an ordinary show. The Arkells and SoBi Hamilton offered fans a chance to cycle with members of the band from Gore Park to The Rally Market at Tim Hortons Field. The Rally Market, presented by Hamiton Flea, offered an afternoon of browsing merchandise and vintage finds while snacking on some delicious treats.
Once the gates opened and the fans were able to enter the stadium, you could feel the excitement building. Each person in attendance was given an Arkells Rally Towel, which were well used later in the show.
First act up was Ellevator. Like Arkells, this band is also from Hamilton and has some strong hometown following. Lead vocalist, Nabi Sue Bersche, has a haunting melodic voice that brings a wonderful dynamic to the band. Their set included “Hounds”, “New Survival” and “Voices”.
Next to the stage was Bishop Briggs. The UK born, American Indie Pop artist that has been making a name for herself with hits like “White Flag”, “River” and “Dream” definitely caught the attention of the crowd.
As if the night and the music could get any better, Cold War Kids, an American Indie Rock band, hit the stage. Their energetic set included hits “Can We Hang On?”, “Love Is Mystical” and “All This Could Be Yours”. They also invited Bishop Briggs to join them on a Rianna cover of “Love On The Brain” and their duet “So Tied Up”.
Well, if the audience wasn’t pumped up now, they soon would be. As the intro for the Arkells began, the crowd went crazy! The band launched the show with “Knocking At The Door”, “Private School” and “A Little Rain (A Song for Pete)”. Rally towels were spinning most of the show. It was truly a sight to see. The band did a great acoustic of “Kiss Cam” and performed half acoustic of “Fake Money” and “Book Club” before breaking into full gear. 20 songs later, the set finished with “Leather Jacket”, but there had to be an encore. What an encore it was! Max Kerman and the band came back with “Ticats are Hummin'”, a cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “My Heart’s Always Yours”.
See Photo Review by Orest Dorosh here.
Hello everyone! My name is Linda and I have been a fan of Canadian Music for as long as I can remember. That counts for way too many decades than I want to admit to! I have three primary passions in my life, music, photography and writing. When I can combine them all, I feel I am right where I should be. Though I can appreciate all genres of music, my particular favourite is Country. Canadian Country is moving in leaps and bounds. I love how it is progressing and I’m thankful that I can be a small part of it.