Nelson braces for MASSiF Music Festival

Local Legion will host over twenty bands for micro-festival on Sept. 23 and 24.

MASSiF Music Festival organizers Nelson from Nelson and Jay Hannley are getting hyped for the upcoming two-day event at the Legion.

“This is not your typical Kootenay music festival.”

These are the words of Jay Hannley, one of several core organizers working with Nelson from Nelson to put on this year’s MASSiF Music Festival at the Legion on Sept. 23 and 24. The first annual event, which has been in the works for two years, will also feature a wrap-up concert at Spiritbar.

“This is a celebration of music that’s under-represented in Nelson,” Hannley, who has been booking gigs in the basement of Kootenay Co-op Radio for years, told the Star.

“When we first started doing our basement shows, we realized that there were all these local bands that had no place to play because they were too midlevel, or too aggressive, too punk. It was hard for them to get gigs.”

But once they were given a chance, the audiences appeared.

“People want to come out and see these shows, so I think we’ve been able to fill that niche. This was the next logical step.”

Now they want to think bigger, and the pair couldn’t be more stoked about the lineup, which includes 23 bands—10 of which are local, including Rainboard, The Automation, Rocktoid and Larch.

“Our headliners for Friday are Preoccupations, who used to be called Viet Cong, and they’ve got a great new album coming out. Then for the Saturday finale we’ll have BRASS close out the night at the Legion before our final celebration with DOA and Day-Glo Abortions at Spiritbar,” said Nelson.

“Then there’s also a reunion set for Leeky Tearducts, a great two-piece that got their start from our basement shows and went off to acclaim before breaking up like all good garage bands do.”

MASSiF is looking to Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary as a template.

“We eventually want to grow it to something like that, which will probably mean expanding the musical scope,” said Nelson. “We’re aiming for it to be annual. We’re really trying to showcase Nelson and show what a great place it is.”

Just Posted

Nelson to get legal opinion on right-to-life street banner

Does the Nelson Right to Life banner violate the Charter of Rights?

Nelson’s oldest veteran dies at 99

Lionel Binette was well known for his annual recitation of In Flanders Fields on Remembrance Day

RED resort announces new ski lift

Topping lift will add new ski area to resort, reduce bottleneck on Motherload chair

Update: Bodies recovered from Pend d’Oreille River crash

To help support the family, a fundraiser has been set up at Kootenay Savings in Fruitvale

Paramedics union raises alarm over spike in out-of-service ambulances

Staffing shortages affecting service levels in Kootenays

After mosque attacks, New Zealand bans ‘military-style’ guns

The gunman killed 50 in a Christchurch mosque

Okanagan man, Yorkshire terrier chased by coyote

Animal sightings have been reported around West Kelowna and the Central Okanagan

Having phone within sight while driving does not violate law: B.C. judge

The mere presence of a cell phone within sight of a driver is not enough for a conviction, judge says

B.C. lottery winner being sued by Surrey co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Pot industry welcomes decreased edibles tax, but unhappy medical tax remains

Taxes can increase the cost of medical cannabis by as much as 25 per ceny

‘It has to send a message:’ Broncos families await sentencing for truck driver

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving and apologized in court

MPs continue voting marathon as Tories protest shutdown of Wilson-Raybould motion

Multiple MPs have resigned from Trudeau’s Liberal cabinet

Canucks hang on for 7-4 win over Senators

Horvat nets 2 for Vancouver

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

Air Canada plans to remove the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule at least through July 1

Most Read