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Farewell Davidson at Tulip Festival — Ottawa Live Review

Who: Farewell Davidson
From: Wakefield, Quebec
Where: Capital Sounds Main Stage at Commissioners Park (Tulip Festival), Ottawa
When: Monday May 19, 2014

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Style: Indie/Alternative Rock

Free live music, great local talent and an abundance of vibrant tulips! What’s better than that? The Wakefield, Que. band Farewell Davidson took to the Capital Sounds Main Stage at Commissioners Park on May 19, as part of the Canadian Tulip Festival, headlining the event with an electric, nine-song set.

Infusing their dynamic guitar riffs, infectious bass lines and smooth drums with catchy vocal patterns that were sure to gain the attention of visitors, Farewell Davidson made a beautiful day in the nation’s capital even more special.

The indie and alternative rock band has played a lot of shows at notable venues in and around Ottawa recently, such as Lunenburg Pub and Zaphod Beeblebrox, but this was their first time playing at the Tulip Festival.

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With the sun shining bright on the festival grounds for most of their performance, Farewell Davidson opened with their song “Moths” and then played their hit, “Open Heart Surgery”.

Their one-hour set on Monday evening generated a fairly large crowd, with many onlookers gathering around the stage area to get a glimpse of the performers. A small group in the crowd was very engaged in the band’s performance, which made up for the lacklustre response from the rest of the herd. 

The crowd was a lot more diverse than what you’d usually expect at an indie and alternative rock concert. It was also evident that many onlookers were likely hearing the band play for the first time. Regardless, for an up-and-coming band playing a free outdoor concert at a festival aimed largely at tourists, this was likely expected. 

Either way, they played a great set and definitely gained some new fans from their performance. 

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During the show, the band played only two songs from their previously released six-song EP entitled Hometown Lights, opting to play some newer material as well as two cover songs.

They first covered “Supersoaker” by Kings of Leon and then “Death by Diamonds and Pearls” by Band of Skulls, two bands that have had a strong influence on the group’s sound.

They finished off their set with their song “Fall Down” and by the end of their performance, they received a strong ovation from the crowd. It was a great way to close off the festivities.

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Written by Michael Hanifi

Photographs from Erik Stolpmann

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