Photo by Mark Horton

Photo by Mark Horton

The newly reinvented CityFolk festival kicked off Wednesday night and was greeted by a ton of music lovers who were eager to see what would be in store over the next few days. I’ll give you a little rundown on the logistics and layout of the festival. This year there are only two stages in the ticket holders section of the festival; the Telus stage which is outdoors on the Great Lawn and the Ravenlaw stage which is indoors at the Horticulture building. The majority of the free Marvest festivities are taking place inside the Aberdeen Pavillion, located between the two main stages, and in my opinion this set up will make it a tad frustrating to have to scan in and out depending on which stage you want to go to. Also, with the Ravenlaw stage being indoors, it’ll be interesting to see what will happen once it reaches capacity.

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Photo by Mark Horton

Now that you know what kind of venue I’m dealing with, let’s get onto the music! Unfortunately I missed the opening act of the festival, The Tubes, but was able to see the UK reggae/pop band, UB40. Since their rise to fame in the late 70s and 80s, UB40 has made a name for themselves by bringing inspiration from a number of different genres and cultures to their sound, as well as to a number of covers that have been some of their highest toping tunes. While it’s still up in the air whether this alternative version of UB40 (made up of original members Ali Campbell, Astro, and Mickey Virtue who each left the band within the past decade) is the official band or not, that didn’t stop them from filling the crowd with their signature laid back vibes. Naturally UB40 saved the best for last with their classic spin on Elvis’ “Can’t Stop Fallin in Love” and the mega-hit, “Red Red Wine.”