It’s London’s turn to experience the Tragically Hip’s farewell tour, as one of Canada’s most iconic bands takes the stage at Budweiser Gardens.
Even if you weren’t able to score tickets to the show, there will be other opportunities to pay tribute to the band performing their final tour in the wake of frontman Gord Downie’s terminal brain cancer diagnosis.
Starting at 2p.m. Monday afternoon, there will be a Tragically Hip Pre-Party in the Covent Garden Market Square.
AM980’s sister station 103.1 Fresh Radio has partnered with Oliver R Twists for the event, which will feature food, fun, and live music.
Olive R Twists General Manager Siva Markandu said it’s all staff on deck for the party.
“We have one of Canada’s oldest [Tragically Hip] cover bands ‘The Wheat Kings,’ they’ll be performing from 5 til 7,” said Markandu. “We’ll have a beer tent set up, we’ll have a burger BBQ area set up too for that evening. Basically, we have events planned for the whole corner.”
It’s a 19+ event, with free admission. Those who wish to join in are recommended to come early, because it’s first come, first serve.
Markandu is encouraging those who couldn’t get tickets to the concert to join in the party, which runs until midnight.
“I would say it’s the perfect time to kind of end summer off, you know it’s August and I think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people to experience the whole Hip experience in London,” he said.
Doors at Budweiser Gardens open at 6:30p.m., with the show starting at 8:30p.m. rather than the original start time of 7p.m. There will be no opener.
If you couldn’t score tickets, and you’re not one of the 50 lucky fans selected by lottery to buy a pair of tickets to Monday’s show, the London Music Hall has you covered.
A day full of music and celebration is being planned in London to mark the Tragically Hip’s final show on their “Man Machine Poem” summer tour.
Fans of the band are invited to attend ‘Long Time Running’ on Saturday August 20th at London Music Hall. The event was organized in collaboration with Tourism London and London’s Best Rock FM96.
It’ll feature both daytime programming geared towards youth, and evening programming that is 19+.
London fans attending the event will be able to record a 30 second video message thanking Canada’s most iconic band, with the videos being shared online following their final concert.
Evening programming will begin at 4p.m. and include regional emerging artists performing Tragically Hip songs leading up to the CBC’s stream of the Kingston show.
Admission will be free, but fans will be encouraged to make donations at the door. All of money collected will be donated to the Sunnybrook Foundation on behalf of fund raising efforts the band is making on their final tour.
Gord Downie revealed in June that he was diagnosed in December with an aggressive, incurable form of brain cancer — glioblastoma. Downie vowed to join his band mates for a summer tour in support of the new album.