UB40, The Tubes rock CityFolk in the Glebe
Thousands of music fans were screaming, “Red Red Wine,” at CityFolk festival Wednesday night in the Glebe, as British reggae superstars UB40 pulled out old favourites that everyone was bobbing to.
It was a throwback vibe at the festival’s opening night – the first show at its new Lansdowne site – as San Francisco 70s rockers The Tubes opened the show to excited fans who had been waiting years to hear hits like White Punks on Dope, Talk To Ya Later and other classics.
“I can’t believe this is happening,” screamed one excited fan, pressed up against the stage barrier right at the front.
The band put on a raucous show, with frontman Fee Waybill showing up in a roaring 20s red and white striped blazer, only to ditch it for a cooler tee shirt as he played air guitar during bandmates solos.
But the nostalgia didn’t stop there.
Eighties reggae superstars UB40 put the crowd in a nostalgic trance, as they crooned along to hits Groovin,’ Folitician, Version Girl, Sexy Lady and many other favourites.
The band saved their big hit, Red Red Wine, originally performed by Neil Diamond, for the last show of the night, and the crowd swayed and head bobbed as they gobbled up the classic tune.
The new site at Lansdowne in the Glebe was a major hit too. There were no long lineups to get in or to get delicious fare, the site was easily navigable and signature landmarks like the Aberdeen Pavilion, The Horticulture Building and TD Place Stadium provided a stunning backdrop to the festival skyline.
CityFolk continues Thursday night with Les Soeurs, Walk Off The Earth and the Avett Brothers before Canadian rock favourites Wintersleep take over the Horticulture Building at 10 p.m.
Marvest, an offshoot of the festival that showcases local bands also starts Thursday, with James LeClaire and the Cable 22s and Alex Silas and the Subterraneans taking over the Aberdeen Pavilion. Shows start 7 p.m. and admission is free.