So I attended WTFest (WTFestca) in Brantford this past weekend and I left impressed. Having been to many festivals over the last 20 years I must say that Jamie and the organizers did a great job. This was the second of what I hope to be many WTFest in the future.
I arrived in Brantford around 2:30 and had no trouble parking at all. The people in charge of parking were keeping it very organized tho I did hear later that the Festival was called WTF based on ‘What The F*ck is up with the parking?’ Fear not, I’m aware that it was mostly a joke and that parking is rarely fun at a festival of this size.
I made the trek from general admission parking to the meda check in to pick up my credentials. 3rd door was a charm but once again the volunteers helping out were very helpful and courteous. Next up was a visit to the security gate to get my wristband… while waiting for security to finish up with others I ran into Raposo who is the lead singer and driving force of A Rebel Few. I know Raposo from the time he spent with London Ontario’s Bobnoxious (@BobnoxiousRock). I was definitely looking forward to their set.
Let’s get to the reason approximately 8000 people showed up to Lions Park. The lineup for this show was unreal featuring a who’s who of Canadian Rock. Here are the bands I had a chance to catch
The Standstills – great band out of Oshawa that has brought us the hit song ‘Orleans’. I enjoyed most of their set from the shade as it was quite a hot day. Looking forward to hearing more from this duo.
Saint Asonia – I will admit I had no idea who these guys were at first. Next thing you know they are playing ‘I Hate Everything About You’ and I realize this is Adam Gontier’s new band. Great band, great vibe and they even covered ‘Fully Completely’ by The Tragically Hip
A Rebel Few – Playing the Budweiser stage this Cambridge Ontario band got the crowd warmed up for Monster Truck. Heavy on the riffs these guys were outstanding
Monster Truck – Wow, way to start the set with a bang, opening with ‘Don’t Tell Me How to Live’ got the crowd into it right away. These guys were rocking and kept up the tempo through their whole set. The crowd singing along with ‘Righteous Smoke’ capped off their performance.
Billy Talent – I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of Billy Talent. This was the 2nd time I have seen them, the 1st being last summer at Rock The Park. High energy, very tight and very talented. They were only 2 songs in when they had the crowd so worked up the broke the barricade at the front of the stage. That’s ok tho, lead singer Benjamin Kowalewicz kept us all entertained while the repairs took place. It seemed to be hit after hit after hit as Billy Talent made their way through their set list.
All in all it was a great day. Saw great bands have killer performances. The crowd seemed to enjoy every minute of the day and I didn’t see any mishaps that some festivals are prone to. Thanks again to the WTFest organizers and all the best moving forward with the Festival.
Now if only someone would return their missing Golf Cart