Country music is making its return to Southwestern Ontario’s largest music festival this year.
Start.ca Rock The Park is bringing back a country music night to the four-day London music festival with headliners Old Dominion leading the charge on Wednesday, July 10. The festival recently made the lone band announcement, as well as a naming rights agreement with Start.ca to re-brand the entire festival.
Old Dominion recently released their new single Make It Sweet and announced their 2019 headlining arena tour of the same name that will bring them to Caesars Windsor in February and as a headliner at Start.ca Rock The Park in July.
The single marked the group’s first new original release since the arrival of the chart-topping Happy Endings in Summer 2017. The band also just wrapped a sold-out tour of Europe. Make It Sweet unlocks the next chapter of Old Dominion. Rustling acoustic guitars and pedal steel bristle up against heartfelt verses before the hashtag-worthy handclap-driven refrain of “Life is short, make it sweet”.
Old Dominion is an American five-member country music band formed in Nashville, Tennessee, consisting of Matthew Ramsey (lead vocals), Trevor Rosen (guitar, keyboards), Whit Sellers (drums), Geoff Sprung (bass guitar), and Brad Tursi (guitar).
Rock the Park spent its first 10 years catering to the classic rock demographic, which continued to bring back loyal fans annually. In 2014, the festival added its first ever country music night with more than 11,000 fans packing Harris Park in downtown London. In 2017, they also incorporated a 90’s hip-hop night, which also sold out.
Start.ca, a London-based telecom company, recently revealed that the festival will rebranded Start.ca Rock The Park when it held a similar announcement at Budweiser Gardens in November. At the announcement, Start.ca will take over the naming rights of the performance stage at the hockey arena, which was formerly known as RBC Theatre. It is now the Start.ca Performance Stage. For Rock The Park, the festival is now officially known as Start.ca Rock The Park.
“Being involved is one of Start.ca’s core values, and as a local London business, it’s important for us to give back to the community,” said Peter Rocca, President and CEO of Start.ca at the stage announcement. “The Start.ca Performance Stage is a great way to introduce our company to a new audience, and we look forward to doing our small part in bringing great entertainment and cultural events to London.”
Tickets to the 2019 festival go on sale February 1. More band announcements are expected soon. Start.ca Rock The Park runs from July 10-13 at Harris Park in London. Visit www.rockthepark.ca for more info.