With more than 1,200 entries from around the world, it came down to one unanimous decision by 3 judges: The Meds from PEI have claimed the ReverbNation Artist spot and will open the 2014 New Glasgow Riverfront Music Jubilee.
The Meds to open Jubilee after winning ReverbNation contest
From humble beginnings in a basement in 2006, PEI rock renegades, The Meds, have taken their brand of punchy pop-rock to iconic stages across Canada, into the living rooms of millions with placements on popular American TV, and around the world on satellite and internet radio.
The Meds started to build momentum in late 2009 when they were approached by five-time JUNO nominee, Matt Mays, about making an album together. It was in a rental car in rural California that Mays first heard the band. After sifting through his duffel bag for some music to listen to, Mays happened upon a demo CD simply titled ‘The Meds’, that had been handed to him in Charlottetown previously that year.
The next few years saw The Meds (Kyle Drake – lead vocals/guitar, Pat MacDonald – guitar, Iain McCarvill – bass, backing vocals, and George Maros – drums) honing their stage chops, opening shows for bands including The Sheepdogs, Meatloaf, Down with Webster, Matt Mays, and The Trews. This April, The Meds release their first full-length record ‘South America’.
“We are beyond excited to join the amazing lineup at the 2014 New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee," the band said after hearing they got the opening spot. "So many of our musical heroes have performed on this stage. It is an honour to follow in their foot steps.”
ReverbNation is an international music hub. ReverbNation registered musicians were invited to submit to the Jubilee. A panel of judges reviewed submissions in relation to originality, draw, video performance, marketability, song writing, arrangement, and social media response.
In addition to the opening spot on Friday, August 1, The Meds will play the Late Night Stage later that night at the Acro Lounge & Eatery. The band will also receive a prize pack that includes a free consultation session with JJ Bookings, a free consultation session with Spincount (a promotions and publicity firm), and a 2-hour professional photo shoot with Tony DeCoste Photo-Video.
The festival main stage line up for the award winning music festival (in the order they appear each night) is as follows:
Friday, August 1: The Meds, Alert The Medic, Crash Karma, Danko Jones and The Town Heroes.
Saturday, August 2: Rain Over St. Ambrose, Kim Wempe, Adam Baldwin, Sam Roberts Band and Scientists of Sound.
Sunday, August 3: SoHo Ghetto, Carleton Stone, Mo Kenney, Steven Page, and Tom Fun Orchestra.
The New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee is a three-day music festival August 1-3rd. This award-winning festival is celebrating its 19th year in 2014.
For more information on the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee, visit: http://jubilee.ns.ca/