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K-Days entertainment lineup a ‘test’ for Northlands with future up in the air

K-Days fair grounds, Northlands, in Edmonton.
K-Days fair grounds, Northlands, in Edmonton. Global News

EDMONTON – With summer right around the corner, that means festival season in Edmonton is about to get underway.

Northlands released its big entertainment lineup for K-Days, which runs from July 22 to 31.

Northlands CEO Tim Reid said the investment in entertainment nearly doubled this year, with acts playing on two stages – the north stage near the bridge to Rexall Place and a new south stage, which will be set up on the infield of the racetrack.

“People wanted the entertainment. They wanted more entertainment,” Reid said as he unveiled the lineup Wednesday morning. “We invested heavily in some of the best that Canada and North America had to offer.”

Coleman Hell, Tim Hicks and The Trews are among the acts hitting the stage at Northlands this summer. Reid said this summer’s concert lineup will be a test for the organization as it continues to ponder its future without the Edmonton Oilers.

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In particular, it will be a test for the proposed urban festival site, which is set to take over the racetrack and casino.

“With 10 days of concerts, our hope is to work with the community and get a sense of what the sound impact is. We heard commentary from the neighbourhood that they wanted us to be respectful and engaged so we’ve said we’re going to trial it at a time where everybody’s accustomed to having noise in the community,” Reid said.

“This is a great test for not only the blending of entertainment into that site but also the blend of entertainment with racing.”

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With 2016 being the last season for horse racing at Northlands, the organization has extended the season and has a number of events lined up. The 87th running of the Canadian Derby will be held on site on Aug. 20, complete with a performance by Alberta-born country singer Paul Brandt.

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Admission to K-Days was increased by $1 this year to help offset the costs of the entertainment. Advance tickets to K-Days are available online.

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For a full list of entertainment, visit the K-Days website.