Saturday marked the opening of Art Ave and the Sandbar Stage. With so much incredible music, it was a challenge to see the best of both stages. However, the beverage garden had a live feed of music so those of age could grab a drink without missing a beat!
It was great to see festival goers of all ages enjoying the unique offerings of Art Ave! Chalk drawing, the KELOHA photobooth and the Hashtag (#) activated volcano are things you must experience (if you haven’t already)!
By the time Mindil Beach Markets took the sandbar stage, the crowd was kicking back and enjoying the sun and sand.
Damn fools kicked things off on the Island Stage. Bassist Chris Ball was working double time as our production director and rock star!
To conclude Saturday’s Sandbar stage lineup, Canadian hip-hop icon Shad really got the people going. Max from Arkells joined Shad for an impromptu version of Ms. Jackson and helped sing along with some Lenny Kravitz samples. This was definitely a special festival moment!
After sitting in with Shad, Max took the Island Stage with Arkells. After a previously scheduled performance the night before in Toronto, the band was not sure they would be able to play KELOHA the next day. However, upon their arrival to Kelowna, they were extremely glad they decided to play Kelowna. Although they must have been exhausted, they didn’t show it during their high-energy set. With scenic lake views, the singer Max asked the crowd to visualize they were in Hamilton, Ontario and “punching in and punching out” during the song Deadlines!
As of late., Australia’s Atlas Genius has been one of the most buzzed about bands. After witnessing their KELOHA performance, it is easy to understand what all of the buzz is about! Their performance was perfectly executed and they came off as seasoned professionals. Look for them to continue to climb the charts and become an arena touring act in the near future.
Finally, the evening concluded with the dynamic-duo of Matt and Kim. Their unique style of electrifying alt-pop brought down the house! Their performance included the best light show of the festival, beach balls and a perfectly executed set. At one point during the performance, Matt climbed up on one of the structures at the side of the stage and ended up tripping into the moat. Hopefully Matt is ok. Even after this mishap, he kept the show going like the true professional he is!