Every year, I look forward to the Music 4 Cancer fest because I know it will be a memorable weekend full of great punk rock music and fun with my friends. Last weekend was no exception.
I made sure to arrive super early on Friday because I didn’t want to miss three of my favorite Quebec bands: No Real Hero, Down Memory Lane and Hitch & Go. They all delivered an amazing set and I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the weekend. I have to admit that I was a bit sad to see them start the festival as they all deserved to play in front of a bigger crowd. But at least they played in front of people who love them and were able to sing along. And two thumbs up to Down Memory Lane who brought up a hint of humour by installing a big picture of Max Brochu‘s face on the stage. It just showed how the Quebec scene is more of a big brother- sisterhood than a competitive one.
I’ll be honest and say that I wasn’t a big fan of the Friday night line up. But I think that every good fest, especially M4C as it is for a great cause, has to join as many people as possible and the cover bands and Mononc’ Serge were definitely good options to please a lot of people. Proof of this is that the crowd was quite impressive on Friday night.
As I wasn’t very excited by the bands playing, I spent the night reconnecting with people I like and don’t see often enough. Because Music 4 Cancer is not just about music; it’s also about spending time with my punk rock family. And I have to say that it was pretty cool to chat and laugh with some old No Use for A Name classic songs in the background.
Then it was finally time for the moment I had been waiting for all night: the after show party! As I wrote in a previous article, I’m a big fan of the M4C after show parties. I love to see the bands playing in acoustic mode in a more intimate atmosphere. United Defiance, the surprise guests, kicked off the show with a great set. It was the first time I had the chance to see them live and they were really good. They were followed by Spike from Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. He only played three songs, but what a show! That man is definitely a great artist who knows how to capture his audience and put on a great show. I couldn’t take my eyes off him and stop smiling!
Then it was Chaser‘s time to get on the stage. It was my fourth time seeing them live on a Quebec stage and every time, I’m super impressed by the relationship those guys developed with the Quebec crowd. I like them as a band, but as human beings too. I’m always super happy to meet them because they always take the time to talk with their fans as friends. Those guys are part of my punk rock family and their acoustic set was my highlight of the night. Hands down. They played some of their songs but the best moments were when they played Sorrow by Bad Religion and Not Your Savior by No Use For a Name. The crowd was singing super loud and the intensity in the venue was so high that I still have goosebumps when I think about it.
Unfortunately, I had to leave after Chaser‘s set. Diabetes was not cooperative and I was too tired to stay longer. And I felt sad like every time I have to leave a show before the end. But at least I knew that the day after was going to be a hell of a day with all the amazing bands featured on the line up.
To be continued…