Sandbanks 2019 Festival Wrap and Thanks

The Grapes of Wrath - photo by Michael Lindon

The Grapes of Wrath - photo by Michael Lindon

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - This was the scene from the Outlet Beach stage right in the middle of a epic set from The Grapes of Wrath. This was our sixth year for the event and we got lucky with some amazing warm and sunny weather all day long. The crowd was loving a full day of music, family, and food. In between sets, people were once again able to go for a swim in the lake and enjoy the beach. It was a such a beautiful day!

The Grape of Wrath - Photo by Bob Ullrich

The Grape of Wrath - Photo by Bob Ullrich

ARTISTS - A big thanks go out to all of our artists who performed as part of the 2019 show including headliner The Grapes of Wrath, Lava Hay (back after 25 years), Lovers Touch, Annelise Noronha, Siobhan Bodrug, and Moscow Apartment. 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 2019 Art on Stage installation. She uses recycled fabrics to create original pieces with environment theme. Her work for Sandbanks Music 2019 was entitled "The Call Is Coming From Inside The House". Learn more about Suen's work - http://suendrini.com.

Lava Hay - Photo by Bob Ullrich

Lava Hay - Photo by Bob Ullrich

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, Sandbanks Winery, Kinsips, Honey Pie Hives, and our kids area sponsorship from Lemonade Dave.  

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, KRock 105.7, County FM 99.3, The Wellington Times, Outside Music, Exclaim.ca, The Picton Harbour Inn, Frere Du Nord, Vintage Map Co, The June Motel, Vicki's Veggies, Books & Company, PELC, 91X Radio, County T-Shirts, Humble Bread. The event was presented by Zunior.com.

Lovers Touch - photo by Bob Ullrich

Lovers Touch - photo by Bob Ullrich

VENDORS - Thanks to all of our food vendors including Picnic Food Truck, JK Fries, Outlet Food Co, The Summer Wind PEC, Pop Up Pizza shop, IDLE WILD pec, Papa Ghanoush, Chill Zone Ice Cream, The Pour Over Co, and Lemonade Dave. Also thanks to our drinks vendors including Parsons beer, Sandbanks Winery, 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, and Joanne Dullard. Thank you Craig McMillan for selling merch for all the bands and being such a pro! Much appreciation goes to our set up and tear down crew including Steve Mee, Darwin McGrath and David/Leo 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 2019 event commercial. The kids area was created by Krista Dalby from Small Pond Arts, along with Treese Moore and Suzanne Larner, 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, and several stage-related assists from Mark Despault. Our backstage artist area was in the capable hands of Nella Casson, as our official Sandbanks Music Festival Band Concierge, doing a great job ensuring the musicians had all the essentials. Thanks to Humble Bread, Pyramid Ferments, and Vicki’s Veggies 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 to Valentina Morelli for joining the team this year doing hula hoops workshops, sponsored by The Friends of Sandbanks. Special thanks to Paul Snepsts for providing our DJ playlist all day, and providing the spark for this particular lineup (family factor crossing Grapes/Lava Hay/Lovers Touch).

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.

Moscow Apartment - photo by Bob Ullrich

Moscow Apartment - photo by Bob Ullrich

FEEDBACK - We plan to do this again next year and we'd love to hear what you thought of the 2019 event, and what you might like to see next year. Please feel free to shoot me an email anytime with your feedback - dave@zunior.com, 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 2019, thanks for coming and we hope to see you again on Saturday, September 19, 2020! 

Dave Ullrich
Sandbanks Music Festival Organizer

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Also be sure to come out for our sister festival called County Pop on Saturday, May 2, 2020!

The Grapes of Wrath - photo by Bob Ullrich

The Grapes of Wrath - photo by Bob Ullrich

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