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Salmon Fest line up revealed for 2014 – fans react

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Salmon Fest line up revealed for 2014 – fans react online

Flo Rida at Salmon Fest 2012

Flo Rida at Salmon Fest 2012 – Cred: Ma Gusta Photography

Six weeks after the anticipated announcement for the 2014 Salmon Fest line up, SRO entertainment and the Town Of Grand Falls Windsor finally made it public at a press conference today.

Salmon Fest 2014 will include Maroon 5, Pitbull, Simple Plan, Virginia to Vegas and American Authors.   This shift from the massive classic rock headliners over the last three years to a modern line up seems to have been more necessity than planning. Line ups in previous years were always announced in March, making reports and rumors for the 2014 line up look like a last minute scramble.

Headliners in the past have included: Kiss (2011), Aerosmith (2012) and The Eagles (2014) which brought record numbers of over 20,000+ attendees to the small town located in central Newfoundland.

However, last years concert was marred with controversy (see full CBC coverage here) as the festival ran out of water by 5pm with temperatures soaring to 31 degrees C.    It was reported that over 100 people were treated for dehydration while some opportunists sold bottled water for over $20 each.  It should be noted that the festival did not run out of beer.

It is reported that the town of Grand Falls Windsor will offer free water/misting stations for concert goers this year.

People threatened with class action lawsuits and poor reviews of the concert sprung up across the internet after the Eagles threaten to stop their performance because people were filming with cell phones.

“Henley added to the already tentative vibe by threatening to end the show if people did not stop using their smartphones for pics and clips.” – said Chris LeDrew for On Stage Magazine

The date for Salmon Fest has also been rolled back to July 5 instead of the traditional second weekend in July.

“(we started working with SRO) 3 years ago to offer high quality high caliber international level entertainment. In this particular year the only way we could do that was to change to date and we changed it by rolling it back one weekend in order to deliver on our promise this was the route we had to go and the option that we selected.”  – Committee Chair Darren Finn told VOCM earlier today.

There were mixed reactions from fans on twitter to the line up that caters to the 15-20something crowd: