Sandbanks 2018 Festival Wrap and Thanks


Saturday, September 15, 2018 - This was the scene from the Outlet Beach stage right in the middle of a classic set from Wintersleep. This is our fifth year for the event and we got lucky with some amazing warm and sunny weather all day long. The crowd was glowing from a full day of music, family, and food. In between sets, people were are able to go for a swim in the lake and enjoy the beach. It was a such a great day!

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ARTISTS - A big thanks go out to all of our artists who performed as part of the 2018 show including headliner Wintersleep, Julie Doiron + the Wooden Stars, Gianna Lauren, Listen Up Kid, Ella Jade, Jeremy Kelly, and Triples. We heard from many of you that discovered new sounds and new songs, so thanks for appreciating the mix!

ART ON STAGE - Thanks very much to Suendrini for providing our 2018 Art on Stage installation. She uses recycled fabrics to create original pieces with environment theme. Her work for Sandbanks Music 2017 was entitled "Protect". Learn more about Suen's work -

LEAD SPONSORS - Our lead sponsors provide the financial support that helps us to keep our ticket prices down and we thank them for that! Our lead sponsors this year included TD Bank, Parsons Brewing, County Cider, Lighthall Vineyards, Kinsips, Honey Pie Hives, and our valued kids area sponsors from The County.  

FESTIVAL SPONSORS - Our festival sponsors help us make this event happen and provide the parts to make it work so well.  We sincerely appreciate the support of Brighton RV Spa, The Regent Theatre, County FM 99.3, The Wellington Times, Outside Music,, The Picton Harbour Inn, Frere Du Nord, Vintage Map Co, The June Motel, Vicki's Yoga, Books & Company, PELC, 91X Radio, County T-Shirts, Humble Bread. The event was presented by

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VENDORS - Thanks to all of our food vendors including Picnic Food Truck, JK Fries, Outlet Food Co, The Shore Oysters, Bajan Bites, IDLE WILD pec, Chill Zone Ice Cream, The Pour Over Co, and Lemonade Dave. Also thanks to our drinks vendors including Parsons beer, Lighthall Vineyards wine, County Cider, Kinsip Spirits and Honey Pie mead. 


STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS - Big thanks go out to the team that worked our front gate all day long including Jen Sills, Emily and Maeve Cowan, Vicki Emlaw, and Helen Hawketts. Much appreciation goes to our set up and tear down crew including Steve Mee, Darwin McGrath and David Bennett. Thanks to Frank Ullrich/Sheila Scott and family for helping at the gate and with all around tasks. Thanks to Albert Ullrich for making the Arduino-controlled LED Sandbanks logo, and Bob Ullrich for making the 2018 event commercial. The kids area was sponsored by The County and Krista Dalby from Small Pond Arts, along with Treese Moore, led a superb team that made all the kids look like superheros with capes and face paint! Joel Yearsley from Kingston KSound provided the stage sound, with some help on monitors from Will. Our backstage artist area was in the capable hands of Nella Casson, with help from Sarah Borovszky, as our official Sandbanks Music Festival Band Concierge, doing a great job ensuring the musicians had all the essentials. Thanks to Humble Bread for providing backstage food for our artists. Thanks to Lori Farrington, Isabelle Patton, Emily Cowan, and Helen Hawketts for all the help leading up the show in so many ways. Thanks so much to Sydney Ullrich and Ruby Ullrich for creating our amazing 2018 poster!

PARK STAFF AND FRIENDS OF SANDBANKS - The Sandbanks Park staff did their usual great job setting up fences, installing the stage covering and generally preparing and closing up the event space. Meanwhile, the Park Rangers were on hand to help all day long and make sure everyone was safe. The event itself serves to raise funds for The Friends of Sandbanks, and $1 from every ticket sold goes to The Friends. Big thanks to the park for hosting this event with their team under the direction Park Superintendent Robin Reilly, and Assistant Park Superintendent Agnese Bortolussi.

FEEDBACK - We plan to do this again next year and we'd love to hear what you thought of the 2018 event, and what you might like to see next year. Please feel free to shoot me an email anytime with your feedback -, or rate our event on Facebook!

We'll continue to post more photos in the coming days on social media using our event hashtag #sandbanksmusic and we encourage you to do the same.

On behalf of the full team at Sandbanks Music 2018, thanks for coming and we hope to see you again on Saturday, September 14, 2019! 

Dave Ullrich
Sandbanks Music Festival Organizer


Also be sure to come out for our sister festival called County Pop on Saturday, May 4, 2019!

We had a lot of requests for our official 2018 festival t-shirt, which sold out at the event, so we’re going to collect orders until September 30 and then order one last batch. You can order them right here for just $30 with FREE SHIPPING! Makes a great gift. 

Here’s organizer and host Zunior Dave wearing the 2018 shirt!

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