Originally posted on www.thepermanentrainpress.com
Unfortunately, there are not a whole lot of all-ages music festivals in the heart of Vancouver – let alone one celebrating the emerging rock bands our city has to offer. It’s understandable; putting together an event like this is hard work. On top of having no major cooperation sponsors or prior festival planning experience? Even harder. Cue Nat Jack–vocalist of rock act Lucid AfterLife, and the brains behind the first ever Rock the Dock festival.
The inspiration behind Rock the Dock stemmed from Jack’s lifelong experiences with the port side community. “I grew up in a Longshoreman family: my grandfather, father, and three of his sons–including myself–are or were dock workers at the East Van Ports,” Jack shares. “The port side community has always had picnics and hockey games, but I felt we could do something truly amazing. That’s when the vision for Rock the Dock came to me.”
Dubbed “two days full of music and fun,” Rock the Dock is scheduled to take place outside the newly renovated Waldorf Hotel from August 23rd to 24th. 100% Canadian, the lineup includes local rockers Lucid AfterLife, Bridges to Royal, Within Rust, and Mouthful Of Daisy, indie rock act Little India, hip hop artists Giuliano and Attikus, Chilliwack grunge trio Chilled Clarity, and Nanaimo metal band No Operator. Bands from outside the province include Edmonton’s A Hundred Years.
With so much talent based in and around Vancouver, Jack admits it was difficult deciding which acts would make the cut; even after the festival was extended from one day to two, “there are still a few bands I’m sad we couldn’t fit in.” Nevertheless, Jack gives credit where credit is due, noting that local production company Magnetized Productions helped snag some talented local acts for the festival—many of whom participated in this year’s FOX Seeds competition.
When asked which acts he is, personally, most excited to see play, Jack singles out recently formed Vancouver rock band Red Thieves, and 2014 FOX Seeds finalists Little India. “I had the opportunity to see Red Thieves play their debut show in Vancouver (which was just last month), and already they will be taking the stage at Rock the Dock,” says Jack. “People will be amazed by them.” Jack also believes Little India is a band on the rise—and we can’t help but agree! “I think they will have a great vibe for an outdoor block party kind-of-show,“ Jack tells. He could not be closer to the truth, considering the trio will also be taking the stage at Rifflandia this September
Jack is unsure as to whether Rock the Dock will become an annual festival—fair enough, since he hasn’t witnessed the final product of his efforts yet. “This is my first attempt at something like this… I kind of feel like the Wayne’s World guys with the way everything is coming together,” he explains, though grateful to all the people who have helped him along the way. “I love music and I love Vancouver so you never know; let’s flip a coin.”
Rock the Dock is an all-ages event, though there will also be a V.I.P beer garden. Jack hopes that all attendees will appreciate the festivities, and be brought together by their sheer love for live music. “This is the rock and hip hop community coming together without any other purpose than to turn East Vancouver into a two day full-on frenzy of live entertainment, and you will feel that authentic energy when you are there.”
Doors open on Saturday and Sunday at 1pm, with the festivities going on until 11pm on Saturday and 10pm on Sunday. Tickets are available for online purchase here, and can also be bought from any of the bands playing.
If you would like to volunteer for the event (rather, be surrounded by amazing music for two days straight), be sure to contact Jack or let him know via the Facebook event page!