Sask. musicians speak out about Garth Brooks overlapping Regina Folk Fest

Sask. musicians speak out about Garth Brooks overlapping Regina Folk Fest
While many prayers were answered with the announcement of a second Garth Brooks show in Regina, not everyone is thanking the heavens.

The country music superstar’s two Mosaic Stadium shows are booked for the same weekend as the Regina Folk Festival , which is celebrating its 50th year. Now several artists from Saskatchewan are voicing concerns that the overlap will steal the spotlight from the festival and its emphasis on Canadian music.

Nevermind that it’s the Regina Folk Fest weekend and it’s a massive part of the city and allows free music to people during the day and constantly champions bringing Canadian music to Regina throughout the year. Just nevermind that.

“We wanna celebrate the fact that there’s a festival that brings amazing music to this province and when someone comes in and takes a hit on that, it’s sad,” Henderson said.

The folk festival’s Saturday evening lineup, in particular, features artists of a similar genre to Garth Brooks.

“It’s a lineup curated for the country and Americana kind of listener. I was disappointed because from that perspective [the Garth Brooks shows] will take a hit to the festival for sure,” said Henderson.

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I won’t get too heated about Garth brooks but I will say the city of Regina is blatantly fucking over Folk Fest this year by having him play during the same weekend. Pretty damn disrespectful.

Poor Nameless Boy wasn’t the only artist speaking out on social media. Swift Current’s Colter Wall and Regina-based The Dead South both voiced concerns. Wall’s tweet, in particular, picked up steam, garnering over 1000 likes.

“I think we’re gonna end up with a lot more people paying attention to the event and paying attention to the free daytime,” she said. “We’re working with Evraz and Tourism Regina and Saskatchewan to do some joint marketing to keep people in town to stay for our festival.”
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