For those who didn’t think there was enough rock in the park at Rock The Park, well they missed out on two more great days of music over the past weekend with Rock The Park Music Festival wrapping up its 5 incredible days in downtown London’s Harris Park.
Saturday – Day 4.
The big rock day! This day had been pumped up by FM96- London’s best rock for months. The day kicked off with what I feel are one of Ontario’s best new rock bands. Bleeker or not new to the big stage at festivals. I saw them earlier this summer and thought they rocked it, and they came out at RTP and killed it. Think, new rock with a hint of Black Crows, that’s Bleeker.
Next up was a band that needs no introduction as they just keep blowing up the Canadian music scene. July Talk rocked and rolled the crowd with their energetic and powerful stage show. If you have never seen July Talk live, you need too.
Sublime with Rome, have to be honest here, not a giant fan, but enough to know some of their bigger songs. There was a familiar smell looming over the park, and the band jammed through their set without much excitement.
The main event… The Offspring. What can we say. WE love our 90’s rock and punk here at Tour Bus Entertainment. And these guys hammered out a killer set. The crowd was insane. Moshing, body surfing it was a true throw back to my days of being a fan at rock shows through the 90s and early 2000s.
Sunday – Day 5
The Sunday line up was one that interested me, I didn’t know most the acts on it. I don’t listen to much pop music these days, and this being an all Canadian Day we couldn’t miss it.
Virgin Radio London were the main sponsors on the Sunday bill that saw Ryland James take the stage under clear blue skies. Ryland’s smooth vocals had the teenage girls cooing for more as his short set got us set for the rest of the day.
Ruth B hit the stage next, now I was familiar with a few of her songs as my wife sometimes makes me listen to ” her music “. She did a great job and has a superb voice. The massive crowd that had poured into the park sure knew all the lyrics to her songs including ” Lost Boy” which they sang along with Ruth B.
Up next was someone I had heard of, but never really had a chance to check out. Scott Helman bridges that rock and pop spectrum with a super energetic show. Again, I didn’t know many of his songs, but I can’t wait to catch him live again. The boy can sing, he can play guitar and the ladies love him!
Alessia Cara is fresh of Cold Plays world tour where she filled an opening spot. Discovered via YouTube the Brampton native has rocketed onto the scene and has had a couple of Top 10 Billboard hits. I can see why, she can sing, so effortless and without much procession on her voice. I was blown away by her set and actual can see her headlining an arena or theater tour very soon.
The final band to hit the Rock The Park stage for the 14th edition was one I was familiar with. I have shot photos of the guys in Marianas Trench before and knew that their show would be full of energy and that the enormous crowd would be in for a treat. The band was doing some filming for what was rumored to be a live DVD coming soon, so the show was even better than the last time I saw them. Josh had all kinds of energy and was all over the stage. It was the perfect way to close out the 5 day festival.
Every year Rock The Park brings together thousands of people to enjoy music. This year they set a new attendance record over the course of the festival sharing the park with over 40,000 people. I don’t think Rock The Park needs to be all rock, you can see from the diversity in music it gave everyone something to enjoy. We cannot wait to see what the folks over at Jones Entertainment Group put together for the 15th Anniversary of this event. I am hoping for 15 days of live music in the park!
Bill Woodcock / @BillWoodcock