The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the three-day Cavendish Beach Music Festival and so were the acts, including headliners Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes and Eric Church.
The 11-year-old festival opened under brilliant sunshine and sweltering temperatures, breaking records for central PEI, and closed exactly the same way, with the exception of a rainstorm before Ms Underwood’s show.
It was a totally blissed out three days, which drew fans, young and old, from across PEI, the country and the world. It’s a safe bet many will be making the pilgrimage back to Cavendish next summer.
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They're on tour with Carrie Underwood, but on this day, July 7, they were the headliners. The American all-girl country band Runaway June - Naomi Cooke, Hannah Mulholland and Jennifer Wayne - delivered a sizzling performance to thousands of cheering fans. The trio's recent Top-20 hit was the first recorded by a female band in 14 years.
Yellow shirted volunteers, the lifeblood of any successful outdoor concert, could be spotted everywhere on the grounds of the Cavendish Beach Music Festival.
Juno winning artists The Washboard Union played a number of fan favorites, including theit hit single "She gets Me", at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival.
Young fans claim their spot close to the stage for several shows on July 7, including sets by Eric Chesser, Jade Eagleson and Runaway June.
American country music singer and songwriter Eric Chesser's biggest fan, his mother, came along with him on his trip to PEI to perform at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival on July 7. Eric and his mom, Barb, are from Plainfield Illinois. Barb said she has had a wonderful time on PEI and was thrilled to watch her son perform on the main stage.
The Redhill Valleys, an acclaimed alt-country and roots band from Hamilton, Ontario got a warm reception from fans at the Kitchen Stage.
Volunteer Judy Bryanton has worked for 10 of the festival's 11 years, helping connect anxious concert-goers with lost items, many of them valuable. Volunteers at the lost and found tent have dealt with a lot of interesting items, including a report of a missing wedding band, and something Judy has never seen before, a passport owned by a Nova Scotia man. There have been "a lot of sunglasses" turned in, as well as phones, wallets, debit cards, a couple of backpacks, a purse and car and hotel keys. Believe it or not the number of missing items has fallen by half since last summer, from around 200 to 100.
50/50 tickets were in hot demand during the festival's three days, with the winning ticket drawn at Carrie Underwood's concert on July 6 topping $17,000. Other 50/50 draws also had paydays well into the thousands.
Pregnancy tests (two), epipens, cannabis, condoms, corkscrews, knives and flip flops were just some of the items left on the grounds after performances and collected by hard-working volunteers, who get to keep proceeds from recyclables for their organizations - including a recreational dart association and church groups.