Summer Festival Guide: SappyFest

Where: Sackville, N.B.
When: August 1-3

What it is: The unassuming New Brunswick town of Sackville is home to a tight-knit arts and music community. Out-of-towners who go gush for weeks afterwards about the good times and City Mail, an in-town mailing system, no postage required. SappyFest puts performers and attendees on the same level – just a bunch of music lovers hanging out in a small town. It includes two tents as the main stage and several other side stages within walking distance.

Eats and sleeps: Camping is the way to go, although the Mount Allison University residence is an affordable alternative. There are food and drink vendors at the back of the tents but don’t forget to grab a bite at the historic Mel’s Tea Room.

What to wear: It’s the Maritimes, and it’s August. Be prepared to get sunburnt and sweaty in the day then seeking your warmest, comfiest sweater when the sun goes down. Make sure you bring something to swim in during the day.

Headliners: The Constantines, PS I Love You, Basia Bulat, Cousins

Mix Picks: Cool – Members of Apollo Ghosts along with drummer Shawn Mrazek make up this cool new band.

EONS – The project of Matt Cully of Bruce Peninsula, the songs will take you back in time to a different world. Read more in our EONS story in the Spring 2013 issue of Mixtape.

Moon – Ultra-cool late night krautrock. Sign me up. You can also find out more about them from the ol’ Mixtape archives.

Mix tip: You never know when a secret act might show up. Arcade Fire performed under the name Shark Attack in 2011, so keep your ear to the ground. Also, bring your bike or rent a bike and the Sackville bike co-op will keep care of it while you catch live shows.

Listen: We’ve thrown together an Rdio playlist and a Friday Playlist featuring almost every artist playing the festival this year.

Note: This article originally appeared in our 2013 Summer Festival guide. It has been updated with information from this year. 

Photo of Moon: Mixtape/Scott Blackburn