Originally Posted by Innersoul1
So who has the sled Isle review?
I just went to the shows at "Mewata Armouries." Did Shaw end its sponsorship of "Shaw Millennium Park"? Anyway, these were the outdoor concerts on Fri and Sat and it was mostly magic with a few qualifications- scheduling was impossibly tight and so, for example, Broken Social Scene had to cut their set at about 35-40 minutes which was a huge disappointment- also, on Saturday they allowed no re-entry, which was just ridiculous- no departing for a coffee when the show was so well-site in the west end (and near lots of places for coffee needless to say!)- but the programming was just superb. In fact this was my first time seeing Jane Vain and the Dark Matter and I'm listening to their CD right now. That sort of discovery is what Sled Island is all about.
Attendance was huge- the estimated 17,500 at all shows (and I heard about sold-out performances at 1AM) at all venues; the Mewata show was about 3500 on Sat and I'd guess less, maybe 2500 on Friday, so a lot more intimate than, say Folk Fest mainstage (10,000) or of course Virgin Fest, but to call Sled Island II a huge success is not an overstatement.
See Of Montreal if you ever get the chance, btw.