‘A huge opportunity’: Sooke band Shale thrilled to play Laketown Shakedown

Sooke’s alternative rock group Shale are excited to be performing in Laketown Shakedown this summer.

Shale will perform on the final day of the festival on July 2 at Laketown Ranch in Lake Cowichan with artists including Shaggy, Aqua and the Base Collective.

“We’re absolutely ecstatic,” said Shale frontwoman Kiarra O’Connor. “It’s such a recognized festival. It’s hard to describe how amazing it is. I’m so honored. It’s a huge opportunity.”

All members of the Shale and Base Collective attended Edward Milne Community School.

“We played back-to-back at festivals, and we basically all went to high school together,” O’Connor said. “This is a big moment for Sooke. This is just the first step for the Sooke band.”

Laketown Ranch is Canada’s largest permanent outdoor arena, spanning over 250 acres.

“There’s going to be a lot of people out there to connect with,” O’Connor said. “It means we’re getting our music out to more local fans. We’ve had some difficulty getting out of the Sooke music scene and reaching people. It feels like the ball is rolling right now, and I don’t think it’s going to stop anytime soon.”

O’Connor said their show will be full of energy.

“We’re definitely going to be playing all of our current songs. We’re also going to be playing a couple of new songs. Our scene is very explosive and we’re going to connect with our fans.”

O’Connor is also looking forward to seeing other artists, including Portugal, over the weekend. The Man performs on Saturdays with Everlast and K’naan among other big names.

“I’m a huge Portuguese. Man fan,” O’Connor added. “That was my favorite band since I was in middle school. I saw them in high school and it was one of my favorite concerts. It will be fun to see the other performers. We are excited to see all the others who will also Amazing band playing.

Laketown Shakedown 2023 kicks off on June 30, with Third Eye Blind, Reignwolf and Bif Naked topping Friday’s bill.

For tickets and more information on the festival, visit laketownshakedown.com.

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