UPDATED: Maroon 5 to headline Salmon Festival

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Concert moved to July 5

Though it’s a little later than most years, the cat is out of the bag and fans finally know who will rock the Centennial Park stage at the 30th annual 2014 Toyota Exploits Valley Salmon Festival Concert in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Photo courtesy of Maroon 5's official Facebook page

Though it’s a little later than most years, the cat is out of the bag and fans finally know who will rock the Centennial Park stage at the 30th annual 2014 Toyota Exploits Valley Salmon Festival Concert in Grand Falls-Windsor.

The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor and promoters SRO Entertainment announced at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon that Grammy-winning pop-rock band Maroon 5 will be headlining the outdoor concert. This year’s supporting acts are Pitbull, Simple Plan, American Authors and Virginia to Vegas.

The concert date has also been moved July 12 to Saturday, July 5.

Maroon 5 are best known for their chart-topping hits Moves Like Jagger, and This Love. Rapper Pitbull recently hit number one on many for his song Timber featuring Ke$ha.

At Wednesday’s announcement, Salmon Festival committee chair Councillor Darren Finn addressed the issues of water shortages and crowding in the VIP section at last year’s concert.

At the concert site for this year’s event, he said, there will be a free water station for the public, as well as a misting station to ensure attendees do not become overheated or dehydrated. Plenty of bottled water will also be available.

Finn also assured there will be visible improvements in the VIP section, including increased security to prevent unauthorized access and accessibility improvements to alleviate overcrowding.

As for the date change, Finn said he understands the frustration of anyone who might be inconvenienced by the earlier date, but said he feels the quality of entertainment will draw crowds despite the change.

He said other Salmon Festival events such as the Salmon Dinner, Stadium Dance, and Newfie Night will be shifted to coincide with the new July 5 date.

“We can’t think of a more spirited lineup of performers to commemorate the 30th year of Grand Falls-Windsor delivering a top-notch festival for the people of NL.

In my opinion it speaks volumes to the caliber of the Salmon Festival that we’re able to attract this kind of talent year after year; the Salmon Festival continues to be a point of pride for the Town and the province as a whole,” Finn said. “This year’s concert promises to be one for the history books.”

Tickets for the concert will go on sale Friday, May 30, at Needs stores across the province, as well as online and over the phone via a to-be-announced toll-free number. Ticket prices are still being determined.

Information on ticket sales, campsite bookings and more will be available in the coming days on the official Salmon festival website at www.salmonfestival.com.

 

 

 

 

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Though it’s a little later than most years, the cat is out of the bag and fans finally know who will rock the Centennial Field stage at the 2014 Toyota Exploits Valley Salmon Festival Concert.

The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor and promoters SRO Entertainment announced at a press conference this afternoon that chart-topping pop rock band Maroon 5 will be headlining the outdoor concert, with supporting acts Pitbull, Simple Plan, American Authors and Virginia to Vegas.

The concert date has also been moved from its originally announced July 12 date to Saturday, July 5.

Maroon 5 are perhaps best known for their songs Moves Like Jagger, and This Love. Rapper Pitbull recently hit number one on many charts for his song Timber featuring Ke$ha.

For more on this story, check back to our website or see Monday’s Advertiser.

Organizations: Town of Grand Falls-Windsor

Geographic location: Virginia, Vegas

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  • sean
    May 25, 2014 - 09:19

    Not to be negative but i live 10 min away and i wont be attending this ..there is so much wrong with the way they run this event its almost illegal ..ive attended concerts around the globe and this is one of the worst ever for a good experience, its a money grab ..thats it ..and this years acts are outdated and are opening acts not headliners..oh well ! water is a basic human right and not to be denied just to be sold later.

  • Andrew
    May 17, 2014 - 02:23

    Bad choices. Maroon 5 is an opener, not the main band. We have other choices. Rush for example is taking a year off touring. I'm sure with the proper persuasion they would gladly play a single gig. They appeal to young, and old. Newfoundland is a classic rock island through and through.

  • Billy
    May 16, 2014 - 09:43

    Seems that Darrell,Dave and Dan ( probably the same person) are on damage control for the crowd who put this LAME line up together. There is no amount of damage control you can do to make people show up,it's just not going to happen!!! They will be lucky to get 1500 and they will be mostly teenagers.

  • Billy
    May 16, 2014 - 09:41

    Seems that Darrell,Dave and Dan ( probably the same person) are on damage control for the crowd who put this LAME line up together. There is no amount of damage control you can do to make people show up,it's just not going to happen!!! They will be lucky to get 1500 and they will be mostly teenagers.

  • Dig
    May 16, 2014 - 01:36

    Not worth the days off to book. Gonna save it for Avondale Speedway it is this year.

  • Terry G.
    May 15, 2014 - 22:31

    I'm 59 years old. I saw Maroon 5 live in Florida last year and they were great. I liked the concert as well and perhaps better than other concerts I attended including Cher, Sting, The Guess Who and Tina Turner. I wish I could attend the festival this year but will be out of province.

  • Terry G.
    May 15, 2014 - 22:30

    I'm 59 years old. I saw Maroon 5 live in Florida last year and they were great. I liked the concert as well and perhaps better than other concerts I attended including Cher, Sting, The Guess Who and Tina Turner. I wish I could attend the festival this year but will be out of province.

  • Terry G.
    May 15, 2014 - 22:29

    I'm 59 years old. I saw Maroon 5 live in Florida last year and they were great. I liked the concert as well and perhaps better than other concerts I attended including Cher, Sting, The Guess Who and Tina Turner. I wish I could attend the festival this year but will be out of province.

  • Christine
    May 15, 2014 - 10:46

    My husband & I are almost 40 & most of our friends are older than us... We think these bands are great!! They are highly entertaining and will get the crowd going!! Open your mind.. Be positive! Be happy! Music doesn't have an age... Listen to their music and see what you think! If you don't like them that's fine! No one is forcing you to go!

  • Christine
    May 15, 2014 - 10:44

    My husband & I are almost 40 & most of our friends are older than us... We think these bands are great!! They are highly entertaining and will get the crowd going!! Open your mind.. Be positive! Be happy! Music doesn't have an age... Listen to their music and see what you think! If you don't like them that's fine! No one is forcing you to go!

  • Bill
    May 14, 2014 - 20:10

    Maybe the town should get someone new to bring in concerts! The 30th anniversary and this is what we get whAt a crappy deal

  • Shelly
    May 14, 2014 - 18:47

    Yuck...just yuck!! Sooooo dissapointed:(

  • Trevor Leonard
    May 14, 2014 - 17:15

    I've never seen so many terrible bands in one place.

    • Darrell
      May 15, 2014 - 08:56

      Trevor, you abviously don't get out much. Sucks to be you.

  • dwight
    May 14, 2014 - 15:50

    No need for a beer tent this year. Won't be anybody old enough to drink.

  • dwight
    May 14, 2014 - 15:43

    No need for a beer tent this year. Won't be anybody old enough to drink. Sad lineup

  • Anon
    May 14, 2014 - 15:39

    Wow it's like going from a first class flight in a private jet to a hobo-class train trip in the back of the manure car. No thanks. The Kelligrews Soiree will have a better line-up this year. They should have just made it an open-mic.

  • Paul Smith
    May 14, 2014 - 15:07

    Attended Aerosmith and Eagles concerts in the past. Sorry fellas Maroon 5 and others, not worth the effort this year. I definitely won't be there. Step down from other years as far as I am concerned. Could not have been worst..

    • dan
      May 14, 2014 - 17:09

      Wow Paul….another negative Nancy on the web. Who'd a thunk it? Stay home my son, your sorry attitude won't be missed.

  • Billy
    May 14, 2014 - 14:56

    Pity-full just pity-full ...back to the BS line ups...the complaints from the townies last year must have taken it's toll. When Danny builds his venue we'll all be going east to see a decent act. Won't be taking time off work for this manure.

    • Dave
      May 15, 2014 - 08:54

      Don't sweat Billy, you sound like you raised in a lot of manure so we wouldn't expect you to say anything positive.

  • Maria
    May 14, 2014 - 14:48

    I think it's a wonderful lineup... the salmon festival seems to go smoother for acts that attract the younger crowds.. look what happened last year when they tried to cater to the older crowds...pure havoc.. all they did was complain.. good on Grand Falls-Windsor!!!!

    • Andrew
      May 17, 2014 - 02:17

      Bad on Grand Falls, and here is why. Its fine to cater to younger audience, but all 3 bands are in very niche markets. Simple Plan haven't been relevant in over 10 years, I didn't even know they were still together. Most of the people I work with were surprised they were still together as well. Maroon 5 is an opening act, as is Pitbull. They lack the big act at the end. Suggestion? Rush. Rush is taking 2014 off from touring, which is a perfect reason to try and grab them. Even if they can't get Rush, they could have gotten a fairly big name from Classic Rock, which a much bigger market around here than Pop music.

  • steve
    May 14, 2014 - 14:46

    What happened to rock bands? Black Sabbath is touring and many other rock bands. Wont be going to the pop and rap show.

  • Bob
    May 14, 2014 - 13:19

    Oh yeah,hipster kiddie pop! I'll definitely be going.................NOT! Epic fail.

    • Darrell
      May 14, 2014 - 14:01

      Bob....keep your sorry ass home then. We don't need you anyway.

  • Darrell
    May 14, 2014 - 12:17

    Congrats GFW....nice lineup, especially for younger audiences. This will sell very well. Good job.

    • Randy
      May 15, 2014 - 10:27

      Darrell, looks like you and Dave will be paying $10,000 each for your tickets, cause those will probably be the only two they'll sell. I'd like to know how this ended up going down the drain so badly.

  • Spalnin
    May 14, 2014 - 11:46

    Wow that is one horrific lineup, Simple plan are garbage, Maroon 5 headliner? They are an average band that would open for a decent act.

    • Darrell
      May 14, 2014 - 14:12

      Shut up and stay home if you don't like the line up.

  • randy
    May 14, 2014 - 11:44

    All this wait for Maroon 5. Sad.

    • Christine Knight
      May 14, 2014 - 13:34

      Finally a group of bands that I'm totally psyched to see!! Salmon festival 2014 is going to be the best one ever!! Totally worth the wait.

    • mick
      May 17, 2014 - 21:07

      ok. they announced the back up bands. where is the main act? sux.