It was a successful weekend well worth all the hard work by volunteers for this year’s New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee. With popular performers like Kim Mitchell, Trooper, Sass Jordan and Wintersleep, the weekend drew a good crowd to the downtown core of New Glasgow to celebrate music and the community around it.
“It was a good weekend attendance-wise,” shared Janine Linthorne, volunteer Board of Directors chairperson. With the grounds packed all weekend, it was clear that the lineups on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights were a hit with crowds singing along to some of the big hits from the musicians. Over the course of the weekend, Linthorne shared that 6,000 people filtered through the gates of the annual music festival to enjoy spirits, music and food truck offerings.
With 30 artists hitting the stage — whether it be the main stage or the late-night stage — Linthorne was thrilled to share that there were only five artists who were not from Nova Scotia, making 83 per cent of the entertainment regionally local. Based on a survey the board sent out previously, more regionally local bands were one of the requested aspects attendees had shared.
The change to make the festival 19-plus proved to be popular with attendees as the all-ages section was converted to a larger VIP section which was filled as well as the general admission area. Although the all-ages section may have been removed, Carlton’s Community Bash at the William M. Sobey sports complex in Stellarton was added to the list of activities for the weekend.
“It was really, really good; there was a lot of really great music and the kids had a lot of fun,” said Linthorne about the new addition to the schedule. She added that they will be keeping the community bash next year as it proved a hit with great music, hotdogs, ice cream and bouncy castles.
Although this year’s festivities have just ended, the board is already preparing for next year’s 25th-anniversary celebrations.
“Next year is 25 so we’re hoping the whole year will be a Jubilee music filled year,” Linthorne said. “We’re going to start next week.” The volunteer board will be working on putting on the best weekend they can for next year. Linthorne also wanted to acknowledge the great crowd and community support for the event this year as well.
“A huge thank you for supporting the festival,” she said.