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Cowichan reacts to country heart throb Tim McGraw headlining SunFest '14
SunFest organizers say all the flack they took about a prolonged wait for their 2014 headliner announcement was well worth it.
Because it’s Tim McGraw.
“It’s pretty much through the roof,” Cowichan’s biggest festival spokeswoman Charlotte Fisher said Tuesday of reaction to McGraw’s scheduled appearance. “What it comes down to is the wait until when you’re allowed to release the information from his management. We’ve been verbally committed with McGraw since August. And if anyone wanted to the put the word out, it was us.
“It was a real tongue biter,” she said.
“I was sitting patiently listening to JRfm online, and waiting for the 7:40 a.m. announcement,” said Cowichan’s Rachel Pugh. “I was pretty surprised as he’s a big name in country, and having him in Duncan isn’t something I ever thought possible.”
McGraw fan Megan Lowery agreed.
“Seriously, who would have thought Tim McGraw would be coming to Duncan,” she said. “I didn’t even think he would have been an option.”
Country fans were getting a tad annoyed, to say the least, with the delay of the 2014 headliner announcement. Organizers had published several teasers on Facebook, and had to renege on a promise the news was to be delivered Friday, Sept. 13.
In the meantime following the delay, organizer’s last teaser — including a silhouette of a strapping cowboy, hat and all, and asking people to tune into 93.7 JRfm Monday morning — had some folks grumbling while others guessed who it was.
“I’m getting bored with the (whole) guessing game,” said Richard Forbes on SunFest Country’s post.
Facebooker Kyle D. Smith posted a link to the country sensation, McGraw’s photo (with the exact same silhouette as the teaser) on billboard.com.
“If it’s Tim McGraw it will sell out in 35 seconds... that would be amazing,” said SunFest Facebook follower Marc Beaudin.
The official confirmation saw an explosion of excited and giddy McGraw fans Monday morning.
“What a way to get through winter. I think I can make it with the thought of SunFest,” said a tickled Noella Wallbank Fraser on Facebook.
“SunFest is becoming bigger and better every year (audience and performers),” said Lowery. “SunFest organizers have done an amazing job at appealing to a wide audience with many different music tastes.”
Lake Cowichan’s Kaytee Nott thinks Tim tops last year’s main man, Alan Jackson.
“He’s modern and now,” she said of McGraw. “I didn’t think SunFest would be able to top last year’s lineup and I can’t wait until they announce who the other performers are.”
“He has been one of my favourite country artists for a long time, as he is one of my mom’s favourites, so I’ve been listening to him for years,” said Pugh. “For the second headliner I hope it would be Sugarland.”
Other big acts have yet to be announced but should be released mid-November, Fisher indicated.
Fisher’s lips were sealed when asked if McGraw’s well-known country starlet wife, Faith Hill, would be accompanying him.
“All I can say definitely is that 2014 is going to be a huge year,” said Fisher. “It’s funny to think back to four years ago when we had 4,000 people.”
Last year’s event saw a record-breaking 15,000-plus people attend.
Weekend passes to the 2014 festival from July 31 to Aug, 3 are currently up for grabs.
Day passes aren’t being sold at the moment.