First edition well in the saddle!

The first Urban Country Festival in Quebec finally took place on Friday and Saturday at Parc Jean-Drapeau after a two-year postponement. A total of 35,000 festival-goers and country fans came together to celebrate this genre of music, which has never had a stage in the big city.

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“Community is the word that caught the eye the most yesterday [vendredi] » says Nick Farkas from the start. The Vice President for Programs, Concerts and Events at Evenko was visibly happy and relieved that his LASSO was finally on the market.

“It’s difficult to keep your staff motivated and engaged when an event like this is repeatedly postponed due to the pandemic. “.


Luke Bryan performed on the second day of the Lasso Festival on Saturday.

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Luke Bryan performed on the second day of the Lasso Festival on Saturday.

Emerging Artists

The festival is geared to cater to young people, many were there for headliner Luke Bryan or to lure the new country, but also caters to fans as well as the not so young and families. “Like all our other festivals, we wanted to give it a chance vibrationsa very special spirit,” he adds.

In front of Osheaga and îleSoniq, LASSO can thus offer huge stages that offer a completely different experience, to the delight of fans but also of artists.

“Many young artists are not used to performing on such big stages. They are happy to find themselves in the same environment as Headliner. It warms the heart,” continues Nick Farkas.

Officially, the numbers hadn’t dropped at the time of going to press, but there were already 15,000 festivalgoers on Friday and around 20,000 on Saturday.

“It’s really fantastic for a first year. Especially since we see LASSO as a long-term investment,” explains Mr. Farkas.

“Our goal is to position ourselves as a destination with country fans coming from all over the world within three or four years.”

A SHOW FOR MATT LANG IN MONTREAL


Matt Lang

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Matt Lang

Festival spokesman Matt Lang burned on stage on Saturday afternoon. He wasn’t afraid to walk into the crowd, handing out beers in passing and waving cowboy hats in the air.

Halfway through his show, the Maniwaki singer happily announced that he will be performing at the Corona in Montreal on September 29th. Tickets are now available.

BRITTANY KENNELL


Brittany kennel

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Brittany kennel

As the first artist to perform on Saturday, Brittany Kennell delivered solidly! Wearing a white dress, a fringed suede belt and white cowgirl boots, the Beaconsfield singer performed songs from her album I am not a saintt as well as a beautiful cover of Anything I wanna do by Sheryl Crow.

She just opened for Shania Twain at Ontario’s popular Boots and Hearts Festival. She is the only Quebec artist to have performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

THE REKLAWS


The Reklaws Band

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The Reklaws Band

The energetic brother-sister duo from Ontario kicked off their show long live the night Much to the delight of festival-goers. They quickly got the crowd to stand up, sing the choruses after them at length or clap their hands feels like itt or again 11 beers.

Jenna and Stuart Walker didn’t hesitate to add an even more festive touch to their show, singing while sitting on a cooler, reminiscent of the tone of campsites, or even exchanging a few shots of whiskey.

Festival-goers satisfied with the event


Festival goers dance in a line at the first edition of the Lasso Country Festival.

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Festival goers dance in a line at the first edition of the Lasso Country Festival.

Many of them were smiling, wearing cowboy hats, bandanas and plaid shirts on this perfect Saturday. The atmosphere was softly festive and from the start of the day festival-goers scrambled to practice the steps of a line dance Man! I feel like a woman.

Many were happy to finally be able to enjoy the event after a little over two years of waiting since the announcement of the formation of LASSO.

“We bought our tickets at the very beginning,” explains Amélie de Valleyfield. Obviously she and her friends enjoyed the vibe of the place. They had come in particular for Old Dominion, which they appreciated on Friday at the performance of Luke Bryan and especially to discover Quebec artists Lily Rose and Ashley McBryde.

Nicole and Denis, “Country Maniacs”, came to LASSO for the two days.

“It’s a gift from our daughters, the best gift they could have given us,” says Denis. They were in Quebec for their fourth performance of Sarah Dufour and had appreciated the interactions with the audience of Old Dominion the day before.

Appreciated atmosphere

Eric, Sacha and Nicholas from Montreal were there especially for Luke Bryan and were also looking forward to seeing The Reklaws.

“We bought our tickets on the first day of sale,” Sacha said. Especially young people in their twenties liked the atmosphere of the area, which they entered for the first time.


A young Old Dominion fan was in attendance on Friday night.

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A young Old Dominion fan was in attendance on Friday night.

Several children were also present, including Zaélie, 10, who had accompanied her godmother, Coralie. The young girl was also looking forward to the evening’s headliner and had enjoyed the Ferris wheel rides the day before.

In the reserved area in front of the floor, Sylvie and Serge, ardent fans of festivals of all kinds, were satisfied with the atmosphere. “We came because of Matt Lang and Luke Bryan, among other things. And for the folding chairs, it’s great for us who are older,” laughed Serge.

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