George Street Festival Celebrates 35 Years

Entering its 35TH year in 2019, the annual George Street Festival celebrates three decades of history with an eclectic and well-rounded lineup of fan favourites 


For over three decades, the George Street Festival has brought the biggest party in Newfoundland and Labrador to the biggest little street in North America, becoming the go-to destination for entertainment in Newfoundland and Labrador each summer.

Celebrating their landmark 35th anniversary in 2019, the George Street Association has compiled a lineup full of tried and true national favourites, in-demand and beloved locals and must-watch upstarts. 

A rockin’ start 

Kicking off the festivities on Thursday August 1st is Juno winning rockers Sam Roberts Band with Maritime favourites The Trews and The Watchmen. Roberts, known for his chart topping hits Brother Down, Bridge to Nowhere, Them Kids and Where Have All The Good People Gone? returns to the George Street stage for the first time in two years.

On Friday August 2nd Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman headlines alongside special guests Women of Rock, Bic & The Ballpoints and Billy & The Bruisers. 

Bachman is best known for his work in The Guess Who and as a founding member of Bachman Turner Overdrive, as well as a successful radio career. 

Saturday August 3rd is the return of the annual fan-favourite Kitchen Party. This years installment of the popular event sees local staples The Punters, The Masterless Men and Derina Harvey Band. The Kitchen Party, well attended for years for a day-long event of trad music, has become one of the must-attend highlights of the week long festival. 

A double-header of entertainment will feature on Sunday August 4th, as comedic legends Buddy Wasisname and The Other Fellers take to the stage for a special afternoon showcase, with special guests Bud Davidge. Buddy and the b’ys are coming off their landmark 35th anniversary tour, and make a rare stop at the festival ahead of their fall Arts and Culture Centre tour in October. 

That night tribute bands take over for the Big Wish Bash in support of Children’s Wish. Acts include Practically Hip, a Tragically Hip cover band, and the Bryan Adams tribute Straight From the Rock. 

On Monday August 5th Juno winning singer-songwriter City and Colour returns to Newfoundland and Labrador. Indie rockers The Rural Alberta Advantage will serve as support. Touring in support of his to-be-named forthcoming studio album, Dallas Green is a three time Juno winner with four platinum selling albums, as well as a successful side-project with metal group Alexisonfire. 

Regatta roulette

On Tuesday August 6th Shanneyganock returns to the George Street Festival stage to headline yet another night of Regatta Roulette. Supporting acts including Celtic Connection and The Irish Descendants. The trio of notable local trad bands perform on the night before the annual Royal St. John’s Regatta, otherwise known as the Regatta Roulette. 

Closing out the festival on Wednesday August 7th is a day fit for country fans across Newfoundland and Labrador. The James Barker Band will be joined by supporting artists Jade Eagleson and Newfoundland’s own Carolina East. 

The James Barker Band received two Juno nominations in 2018, earning a nod for Breakthrough Group of the Year, while picking up a win for Country Album of the Year for their album Game On, with the game-changing single Chills earning platinum status across Canada. 

Don’t miss the chance to be a part of Newfoundland music history as the George Street Festival celebrates 35 years of music, fun and friends. Tickets are on sale now!

Tickets for the 35 TH annual George Street Festival are available at georgestreetliveca and at select Orange Stores province-wide. For more information visit the official event website.

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