Cavendish Beach Music Festival (CBMF), presented by Bell is making a triumphant return this summer. The festival is back with main stage headliners Luke Combs on Thursday, July 7th, Darius Rucker on Friday, July 8th, and Dustin Lynch on Saturday, July 9th.
The Colliding Tides Kitchen Stage will also kick off on Thursday, July 7th and run until Saturday, July 9th, with an incredible array of talent including Chris Ryan.
Cavendish Beach Music Festival has quickly grown to become Atlantic Canada’s largest multi-day outdoor music festival. Located in the picturesque coastal resort community of Cavendish, P.E.I, Cavendish is turned into the hottest, most star-studded spot in the region every July, attracting over 60,000 country music fans each year. Past festival performers have included Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Brett Eldredge, Lady Antebellum, and country legends Ricky Skaggs, Alabama, Reba, and pop sensation Shawn Mendes.
I had the opportunity to speak with Chris one of the Colliding Tides Kitchen Stage performers about what festival attendees can expect from their performance, tips for first time festival goers + more!
Kat: What does performing at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival mean to you?
Chris: Playing the Cavendish Beach Music Festival this year is a little extra special. Given the pandemic over the past couple years, it’s going to be so refreshing to get back to see some new faces, and share some new music!
Kat: Can you give us any hints about what festival goers can expect from your performance this year?
Ryan: There’s definitely going to be some strong energy. I’m really excited to get up there and share some material I haven’t been able to share live during the shut downs.
Kat: Can you share with us a little about what goes into your preparation for a performance at a music festival this large?
Ryan: As for preparation, I just try to do my best to relax ahead of the set. Just get my head in the mindset to give the best performance possible.
Kat: What do you enjoy most about music festivals, aside from performing?
Chris: I love to see strangers connecting. Everyone at festivals like this are there with a similar goal, and that’s to have a great time.
Kat: Do you have any wisdom or tips for a first time festival goer?
Chris: Get ready to have some fun, and mix in a water or two. Hahah!
Kat: What are your plans for the rest of 2022? More live performances? Any new music?
Chris: I’m actually on the road ahead of the festival, with one more after before I head home. Also in the studio creating some new material for you guys!