Shred Kelly fans will have a chance to hear new music from the popular folk band at this year’s Fernie Stoke Fest.
The Fernie-based musicians are celebrating the release of their album “Archipelago” and will perform at the Community Centre on Saturday night before touring B.C. and Europe.
“It will be super special because we’ll be playing a bunch of new tunes and can’t wait to celebrate the release with our community,” said organiser and Shred Kelly member, Sage McBride.
What started as an album fundraiser for the band in 2014 has evolved into an annual community event, with up to 850 people expected at both shows.
The all-ages show will run from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and feature a collaboration between Shred Kelly and The Circus Acts Insominacs.
At 8:00 p.m., the 19+ show kicks off with a set from Nelson DJ, Rafferty Funksmith.
“We are so excited about everyone performing this year,” said McBride.
“The Denim Daddies are an incredible band from Edmonton that we just met on New Year’s Eve.
“They won us over with with their songwriting, their sound, their outfits and their stage banter.”
Rafferty Funksmith will keep the party going with sets throughout the night and will be joined on the decks by Akronym and DJ PJ.
“Akronym and DJ PJ are an incredible duo that have taken Fernie by storm this year,” said McBride.
“It is certain to be both mesmerizing and party starting.”
Local band The Runs will perform at Stoke Fest for the first time before Shred Kelly takes the stage at midnight.
“We have been trying to play with them at this event for the past few years, but one of them has been gallivanting the world every time it’s taken place,” said McBride.
“It’s pretty special that we finally get to play with one another.”
Music lovers have even more reasons to attend Stoke Fest this year, with a cat skiing tour with Fernie Wilderness Adventures up for grabs.
Concert-goers must arrive before 9:00 p.m. to enter the door prize, which will be drawn at midnight.
“It is an incentive for people to come early as not to miss any of the incredible musicians at this year’s
event,” said McBride.
8:00 p.m. – Doors open
8:00 – 9:15 p.m. – Rafferty Funksmith
9:15 – 10:00 p.m. – The Denim Daddies
10:15 – 10:45 p.m. – Akronym and DJ PJ
11:00 – 11:45 p.m. – The Runs
12:00 – 1:15 p.m. – Shred Kelly
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. – Rafferty Funksmith
Tickets to Stoke Fest are selling fast.
They can be bought in advance for $20 or on the door for $25, visit Ferniestokefest.com or drop into Freyja Lifestyle Fashion on 2nd Avenue.