Second Amhest MARS festival deemed a hit

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Plans underway for MARS 3 next summer

AMHERST – As he looked out at the mass of humanity during last weekend’s second Maritime Rockabilly Shakedown Festival, Davey Lee Goode knew he had staged a successful event.

Organizers of the second Maritime Rockabilly Shakedown Festival are looking back at was another successful event, despite rain that forced outdoor events inside on Sunday. Planning has already begun for next year.

AMHERST – As he looked out at the mass of humanity during last weekend’s second Maritime Rockabilly Shakedown Festival, Davey Lee Goode knew he had staged a successful event.

And despite a rain Sunday that forced outside activities into the big tent on Victoria Street, he believes everyone had a good time and will be back next year for the third.

“Just after we played on Saturday night I looked out across the tent and saw a lot of people having a great time. It was then that I knew that the festival was a success,” Goode said. “You can spend hours planning something, but you just never know how it’s going to go until you’re actually there in the middle of it.”

Large crowds were on hand for both Friday and Saturday’s free and paid performances and while Sunday’s was hindered by the weather Goode said it was also a successful day.

He credited a large team of dedicated volunteers for working so hard in recent months to pull everything again, and joked that eventually the festival would catch a break from Mother Nature.

“Talk about your déjà vu. Last year on Saturday night I was looking at the weather forecast and it was saying 100 per cent chance of rain. On Saturday night this year I was looking at the weather report and it was again saying 100 per cent chance of rain. Usually you get 60 or 80 per cent, but 100?,” he said. “We’ll get it right next year, though.  Third time is the charm.”

Overall, he said, the weather was great on Saturday and the response was favourable throughout the weekend – although he said there are always a few things to be learned.

“I had my little notebook with me throughout the weekend. I was taking down notes on areas where I thought we could improve,” he said. “There are a few things we will look at implementing next year.”

While planning has already begun for the 2014 festival, Goode said work is continuing on preparing MARS TV. Goode said more than 600 gigabytes of footage was collected during the weekend and it’s taking a little longer than hoped to edit it and prepare it to go to air.

He hopes to have the footage up on the website www.rockabillyskakedown.com in the next week or so.

Looking ahead at next year, Goode said he is already getting calls from performers looking to come, including bands from Russia, Argentina and a second group from Spain.

He’s also seeking feedback from vendors and participants on how things can be better next year.

Also, while the numbers are still being finalized, Goode believes the festival finished in the black.

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Geographic location: Victoria Street, Russia, Argentina Spain

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