March 20, 2017
Sackville, NB’s left-of-the-dial summer music weekend is celebrating its 12th year this August, and with former Creative Director Lucas Hicks out the door earlier this year and on his way to work his magic at Fredericton’s Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, SappyFest spent the past couple months searching for someone to take the reins. It was announced Thursday that Steve Lambke—a Canadian music mainstay in bands like Constantines, Baby Eagle, and more—will be the one shaping the festival this year.
As SappyFest’s announcement points out, Lambke has been navigating the national music scene for nearly two decades, and also runs one of the country’s best independent music labels, You’ve Changed Records. He’s also, of course, a longtime performer at (Constantines played SappyFest in 2007, and have played there since as well) and attendee of the festival.
“Since 2006, SappyFest has been a haven for independent musicians, poets, punks, and artists of all types” said Lambke in a statement. “It’s been a place where the usual measures of success and failure can be put aside for more humane, tender-hearted, and inclusive efforts. I look forward to working with SappyFest, and the community of Sackville, as we continue to set a stage for wonderful musical performances, surprising art, literary adventures, and a little summertime swamp magic.”
At SappyFest X in 2015 as “DJ Coconuts,” Lambke dressed up in a gorilla suit and stood beside a record player and played Harry Nilsson’s “Coconut” for hours. The bit was supposed to end after a few plays, but everyone loved it so much they wouldn’t stop dancing. So, potential Sappy attendees, this summer’s fun should be in good hands.
This year’s SappyFest takes place from August 4 – 6, and you can grab tickets now.
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