Taking over London’s Western Fair District July 1-2, Trackside Music Festival rocked into its second year with a star-studded lineup, celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday in a big way.

Day one kicked off with performances from Aaron Pritchett, hometown girl Genevieve Fisher, Canaan Smith, and Lindsay Ell, along with headliners Dallas Smith and international country superstar Thomas Rhett.   Even a sudden rainstorm couldn’t dampen the mood of the massive crowd, who patiently waited out the the weather before flocking back on to the field for more. After a brief delay, the party kicked back into high gear, going well into the evening, only to be capped off by fireworks from the roof of the track’s historic grandstand.

 

Aaron Pritchett performs at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Genevieve Fisher performs at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Genevieve Fisher performs at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Canaan Smith performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Canaan Smith performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Lindsay Ell performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Lindsay Ell performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Dallas Smith performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Dallas Smith performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Thomas Rhett performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Thomas Rhett performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Thomas Rhett performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Heading into day two, the only thing slowing a few festivalgoers down was a bit of hangover. Luckily Budweiser had a great cure for that — more beer, and their new offering, Bud Light Radler, which became a fast favourite for the crowd under the hot summer sun.

Attendance rose this year at Trackside Music Festival 2017. It was one big party. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Over on the Side-Track Stage we caught up with Buck Twenty and Karli June. And they nailed it.

Karli June performs at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Corey Kelly

With acts like The Reklaws, James Barker Band, River Town Saints, Meghan Patrick, and Brett Kissel taking the stage, the salute to Canada just kept “kickin’ it trackside.” By the time headliners Brothers Osborne and Kip Moore hit the stage, there was little doubt organizers had won over fans with a perfect way to cap off an amazing weekend of incredible country music.

Fans enjoying Canada Day at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: BIll Woodcock

The Reklaws performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

The Reklaws performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

James Barker Band performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

James Barker Band performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

River Town Saints performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

River Town Saints performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Meghan Patrick performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Meghan Patrick performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Brett Kissel performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Brett Kissel performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Brothers Osborne perform at Trackside Music Festival in London, Ontario. Photo: Corey Kelly

Brothers Osborne perform at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Corey Kelly

Kip Moore performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Kip Moore performing at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Bill Woodcock

Kip Moore performs at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Corey Kelly

Kip Moore performs at Trackside Music Festival in London ON. Photo: Corey Kelly

Even with just two years of Trackside under their belts, there’s little doubt the folks from Live Nation, Budweiser Gardens, London Music Hall and Western Fair District have figured out how to host one of the province’s premier country music festivals. I have a feeling we’re going to see another great lineup in 2018!

Thanks to everyone at Trackside for having The Bus out for the weekend!

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