Recently, Char & I had a mini weekend reunion as we were together to shoot the Iceberg Alley Performance Tent on September 15th. It was such an incredible opportunity to have the official media title and be able to capture the excitement of the night in our photographs. The Iceberg Alley Performance Tent is a music festival that spans 11 entertainment-filled days. The 25,000 square foot tent is in St. John’s on the banks of Quidi Vidi Lake. The performers from various genres took to the stage to perform such as Shawn Hook, Serena Ryder and Dallas Smith to name a few. However, we were ecstatic to have the opportunity to shoot Shanneyganock and Alan Doyle. What a dream!
Luckily for us, our media passes granted us access to both the main area in front of the stage as well as the Jag Sky Bar VIP section. This was a treat for sure. Private bar, private bathrooms, free munchies from Exile, and no line-ups in sight. You get a birds-eye view of the stage and the pulsing crowd. We love the whole venue, but we would absolutely recommend treating yourself to some VIP treatment at the festival. (For more details about the general admission perks, check out this article about last year’s festival.)
Our east coast roots run deep and there’s nothing we love more than stomping our feet to some tunes that remind us of home. Shanneyganock kept the crowd buzzing and I think just about everyone was getting their groove on. There’s nothing quite like being in a jam-packed room of east coasters who are just so happy to be hearing live music. Not only was the live music great but the crowd knew many of the songs and no one hesitated to sing along. It was a party.
Alan Doyle. Some performers just have this magical energy that they bring on stage with them and Doyle is absolutely one of them. Right from the get-go, he had that sparkle in his eyes. It was such a privilege to witness his work. I was especially impressed with how respectful and humble he was throughout his set. His gratitude for performing on the rock was thoroughly evident. Man, he knows how to put on a show. As a Great Big Sea fan he definitely did not disappoint; singing a mixture of old and new songs– the crowd was invested. Having the opportunity to not only see him perform but also see the friendly faces in the audience react to his performance was extremely humbling. (Also, I would like to point out that I was videoing in the media section and he smiled right at me!) We can’t talk about this performance without shouting out the vibrant beauty and talent that is Kendal Carson– she absolutely rocked it. The energy in that tent, on that night, was something truly special.
I’m so grateful that we had the opportunity to experience this event, to dance the night away and sing at the top of our lungs. If you’re ever in St. John’s in September– don’t miss this festival. Mark your calendars because it’s a hell of a good time. Cheers to that my friends!
Char & Linds
P.S. Linds wasn’t lying– there he is, seconds before he smiled right at her 😉