Neon Steve is another act coming to the Cowichan Lake area’s Laketown Ranch in May for Laketown Shakedown. (Submitted)

VIDEO: Three smaller festivals add even more lustre to Laketown Ranch lineup for 2018

With acts like Current Swell, Jon and Roy, Neon Steve, and Towers and Trees, there’s lots to like

Wideglide Entertainment this week announced Laketown Shakedowns: a new festival series at Laketown Ranch this summer​.

Giving gigs to artists from all over British Columbia from a diverse range of musical genres is the double-sided aim of these events.

You can look for Laketown Shakedowns over the May long weekend (​May 18 – 20); the Lake Days weekend (​June 8 – 9​); and, the Labour Day weekend (​Aug. 31 – Sept. 2).

The lineup for the May showcase includes: Current Swell, Jon and Roy, Neon Steve, Carmanah, Towers and Trees, Astrocolour, Murge, Sam Weber, Mt. Doyle Lovecoast, Fintan O’Brien, Stel, DJ Boitano, Dave Zellinsky, Maverick Cinema, GI Blunt, Matt Rose, Andrew Allsgood, and Lito Ford.

Early bird tickets start at only $99 for the weekend, with camping sold separately. Tickets will go on sale on ​March 16, at 9 a.m.​ The capacity is limited for the Laketown Shakedowns, so people should purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

Bands will play on the newly designed Flats stage, with a covered viewing and dancing area. Campers will enjoy amenities that are not normally found at small outdoor festivals, such as flush toilets and showers.

It’s all about broadening Laketown Ranch’s entertainment footprint, with support coming from Creative BC and the provincial government.

“We are very excited to be offering an event series that first and foremost, showcases the incredible talent we have in British Columbia. We believe strongly in supporting BC’s creative economy and uplifting local musicians”, said Greg Adams, owner of Wideglide Entertainment and Laketown Ranch in announcing this new series.

Tickets and information can be found at ​www.laketownranch.com/shakedown​. The lineups for the June and September weekends will be announced later this spring.

The May long weekend Laketown Shakedown is 19+, while the June weekend is open to everyone.

Live music

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Victoria art gallery provides Open Space in an online way

View Chantal Gibson’s recent show on the web, hear Indigenous stories on Instagram starting Sunday

Victoria brewery throws support behind still-operating restaurants

Vancouver Island Brewing initiates #TakeOutTuesday to keep local eateries in the public eye

LIVE MUSIC: Artist in Residence reaching into the community

Kathryn Calder to perform livestream show on YouTube channel this Friday, April 3

Victoria vocalist Maria Manna reaches out to hard-hit Italy with special online song

Jazz singer to perform ‘Hymn to Freedom’ with Italian lyrics on Facebook at 2 p.m. Monday

Royal BC Museum joins home education trend for outreach programs

Free webinar options available for RBCM@Home and kids’ programs, starting March 31

Hip tradition sing-along planned again for Canadians April 2

The Tragically Hip’s Paul Langlois is encouraging all to join him virtually in a’Porch Session.’

Vancouver Island musicians in quarantine thank neighbours with backyard performance

Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra director Karl Rainer and his sons play for those in self-isolation

Order of Canada Vancouver Island musician pens ‘The Ballad of Bonnie Henry’

Qualicum Beach lawyer and saxophonist Phil Dwyer notes health officer has become a ‘folk hero’

Campbell River journalist launches Isolationpalooza II

Featuring all local musicians, a volunteer virtual concert, of sorts

6.5-magnitude earthquake in Idaho shakes B.C. Interior

An earthquake was reportedly felt just before 5 p.m. throughout the Okanagan

Netflix reducing video quality in Canada to lower Internet bandwidth use

Bell Media is also planning traffic measures affecting the Crave streaming service

Will the show go on? B.C. music festivals consider options for 2020

Summer events running out of time to stay on schedule, in wake of COVID-19 uncertainties

Most Read