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

Kootenay fires grow — more evacuation alerts

Syringa fire prompts evacuation alerts plus HWY 3 closure and U.S. fire crosses into B.C.

Evacuation alert for Syringa and Deer Park

The Syringa Creek Fire grew Saturday resulting in evacuation alerts.

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Smoke scraps MS Bike Challenge

The annual fundraising event cancelled its cycling Saturday because of poor air quality

Nelson’s mural festival: scenes from opening night

Crowds wandered the streets and alleys finding delightful surprises in unlikely places

‘We will not forget:’ Thousands attend funeral fallen Fredericton officers

Hundreds of officials marched in the parade, which included massed band, several police motorcycles

Lions give up late TD in 24-23 loss to Argos

B.C. falls to 3-5, fumbling away last-minute chance in Toronto

Eagle tree cut down legally a 1st for B.C. city

Planned eagle preserve ‘a first for City of Surrey’

Smoky skies like a disappearing act for sights, monuments around B.C.

Haze expected to last the next several days, Environment Canada said

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

44 drownings so far this year in B.C.

Lifesaving Society urging caution to prevent deaths while on lakes, oceans and in pools

Some of B.C.’s air quality levels worse than Jodhpur, India

Okanagan, northern B.C. seeing some of the worst air quality globally

VIDEO: Ground crews keep a close eye on largest B.C. wildfire

Originally estimated to be 79,192 hectares, officials said more accurate mapping shows smaller size

Most Read