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

Touchstones gala celebrates the great outdoors

Breaking Trail will be held June 1

Richard Hill’s bird photographs at the Nelson library

‘Big and Small: Birds Found in the West Kootenay’ is on display through June

Energy efficiency session at the Nelson Public Library

Nelson Hydro customers who are seniors are now eligible for free weatherization upgrades

LETTER: Giveaway items becoming an eyesore

From readers Ron and Diane Baerg

Police say it’s “impressive” no arrests were made after Raptors celebrations

Toronto will play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors next

Social media giants in hot seat as politicians consider regulations in Ottawa

Committee members will also grill representatives from Facebook, Twitter

Wildfire crews watching for dangerous wind shift in High Level, Alta.

The Chuckegg Creek fire is raging out of control about three kilometres southwest of the town

UN urges Canada to take more vulnerable Mexican migrants from Central America

The request comes as the United States takes a harder line on its Mexican border

Mistrial declared in Jamie Bacon murder plot trial

Bacon was on trial for counselling to commit the murder of Person X

B.C. VIEWS: Money-laundering melodrama made for TV

Public inquiry staged to point fingers before 2021 election

Canadian homebuyers escaping high housing costs by moving to secondary cities

In British Columbia, exurbs have grown in the Hope Valley and Kamloops

Feds lay out proposed new rules for voice, video recorders in locomotives

Transport Canada wants to limit use of recorders to if a crew’s actions led to a crash

Most Read