Stampede’s stealthiest event, the Coca-Cola Covert Concert took Calgarians by storm last night as they gathered at Flames Central to learn who will be rocking it out this July on Stampede’s iconic Coca-Cola Stage.
There to kick the evening off was Coleman Hell, who mesmerized the crowd with more than one sweet synth solo and a crowd pleasing rendition of his hit single, “2 Heads”. Following the first of the evening’s two stellar musical acts, the full 2016 Coke Stage lineup was revealed to an increasingly ecstatic crowd. This led to a climactic segue, during which rock and roll quartet X Ambassadors took to the stage and delivered a memorable performance, which included their signature songs “Renegades” and “Unsteady”.
True to form, this year’s lineup will feature a slew of budding and beloved North American artists, many of whom will proudly represent the red and white of Canada, as well as Coca-Cola, as they perform on stage at Stampede Park. From the likes of 2015 Calgary Stampede Talent Show winner and young heartthrob, Christian Hudson, to the rockin’ sounds of Calgary’s The Dudes, and JUNO Award-winning internet sensation Walk Off The Earth’s cool vibes to the steady beats of the East Coast’s favourite rap sensation, Classified, there’s no doubt that 2016 will be another memorable year in Coke Stage history.
So pick up your pens kids, because this year’s lineup is something to write home about. Free with your Park admission, you’ll have access to these hot concerts from Thursday, July 7 to Sunday, July 17:
Christian Hudson – Thursday, July 7 (7 p.m.)
JJ Shiplett – Thursday, July 7 (8 p.m.)
The Dudes – Thursday, July 7 (9:15 p.m.)
Walk Off The Earth – Friday, July 8 (9 p.m.)
Coleman Hell – Saturday, July 9 (9 p.m.)
Classified – Sunday, July 10 (9 p.m.)
X Ambassadors – Monday, July 11 (9 p.m.)
The Sheepdogs – Tuesday, July 12 (9 p.m.)
Jocelyn Alice – Wednesday, July 13 (8 p.m.)
Shawn Hook – Wednesday, July 13 (9 p.m.)
Mother Mother – Thursday, July 14 (9 p.m.)
Dear Rouge – Friday, July 15 (8 p.m.)
The Glorious Sons – Friday, July 15 (9:30 p.m.)
Gord Bamford – Saturday, July 16 (9 p.m.)
Simple Plan – Sunday, July 17 (9 p.m.)
True to form, the Coca-Cola stage won’t have a lot to offer in terms of traditional country tunes (Gord Bamford aside), so if you’re looking for a place to escape the twang, this is it. If you’re looking for a place to not escape the twang, head basically anywhere else on the grounds (scratch that, anywhere else in the city) and you’ll be sure to find that two-stepping beat. Happy Stampeding boys and girls, only 42 days left until the festivities begin!