Grand Theft Bus, The Jon Cohen Experimental, Force Fields, Wet Grow Light, Solids, Snailhouse, Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers, Morse Code Alphabet, Kuato, The Caravan, Les Hay Babies, Gordon Gets Lost and DangerCat will all be taking part of this annual moustache themed arts and music festival taking place in Anagance, NB on August 10-11, 2012.
The TBA Collective is still accepting applications for acts who wish to perform at Messtival 5. The call for submissions will remain open until May 15, 2012. Musical candidates will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of TBA Collective members and festival volunteers. Bands interested in a submitting an application are welcomed to do so at www.messtival.ca.
Now in its fifth year, Messtival is a celebration of art, music, culture and moustaches! This event promises a wide variety of music from artists from Moncton, all around the Maritimes, as well as central Canada. Messtival promotes musicians, artists and entertainers, and a local culinary experience in a beautiful rural setting. Complete with camping, swimming, and lots of moustaches, these two full days of live art, live music and fun are sure to be a memorable time!
With every edition of the festival, Messtival has significantly evolved. Organizers have now acquired a permanent site for the event allowing for many improvements.
“The biggest change this year is that we’ve decided to expand to a two day event, which I believe will be a great challenge for the TBA Collective, but a good one,” explains TBA member Marc Landry.
The TBA will focus on improving infrastructure by adding more projection areas, and upgrading the campgrounds and public facilities. Mike Ritchie, the owner of the festival grounds, will perform a spectacular analog light show behind his custom built 26 foot tall arched stage. While Ritchie’s contribution to Messtival and the collective has been immeasurable, the collective also benefits from his many years of experience.
“Mike is full of such creativity and ambition. There’s stuff he comes up with that before you know it, it’s done,” says TBA’s Executive Director Jonah Haché.
As a volunteer-run non-profit organisation, TBA Collective raises funds for the festival by organizing activities and events. So far in 2012, two such events were held: the Winter Warming Dance Party, graciously sponsored by Fredericton’s Picaroons Traditional Ales and Moncton’s Film Zone; and TBA (hearts) Frye a night of live art, poetry and music.
Upcoming fundraising initiatives will include: TBA’s Summertime Box Social to take place Saturday June 23rd at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre, and an event in July (details coming soon). Also, the collective is now seeking partnerships with local sponsors to help defray some of the costs of running Messtival as a two day celebration.