Cavendish Beach Music Festival

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Cavendish Beach Music Festival
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Location(s) Cavendish, Prince Edward Island
Years active 2009 - present
Date(s) July 4–6, 2014
Genre Country
Website Official Site

The Cavendish Beach Music Festival is a music festival held in mid-July in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Cavendish is a resort community located 39 kilometres (24 mi) northwest of the provincial capital Charlottetown.


In its 2009 inaugural year, the festival was a three-day event and featured major acts Rik Reese & Neon Highway, Tim McGraw, Big & Rich, and Reba McEntire. Additional acts included Paul Brandt, Doc Walker, and Deric Ruttan.[1]

In 2010 the festival was extended to five days and the site included the construction of a permanent stage and other supporting infrastructure.[2] New to the festival for 2010 was a day featuring local artists in a partnership with the East Coast Music Association named "ECMA at the Beach". Major acts in 2010 included Rik Reese & Neon Highway, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Taylor Swift, and Lady Antebellum.[3] Additional acts included Emerson Drive, Gloriana, The Road Hammers, Shane Yellowbird, Dean Brody, Melanie Morgan, Gord Bamford, Tara Oram, Victoria Banks, and Ashley MacIsaac.

Taylor Swift performing on July 10, 2010 to a crowd of 35,000 people.

Country music superstar Taylor Swift took the stage on July 10, the third day of the festival where approximately 35,000 people were in attendance.[3]

In 2011 the festival was a four-day event with major acts Trace Adkins, Johnny Reid, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith. Additional acts included Eric Church, George Canyon, Tanya Tucker, Aaron Lines, Chad Brownlee, Ricky Skaggs, Corb Lund, and Doc Walker.

In 2012 the festival included major acts Rik Reese & Neon Highway, Dierks Bentley, Alabama, and Rascal Flatts.

In 2013 the festival included major acts Dwight Yoakam, Kenny Chesney, Dixie Chicks. Additional acts included Little Big Town, Jason Blaine and Michelle Wright.

On November 26, 2013 it was announced that the 2014 event will feature Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Darius Rucker, Gord Bamford, and Brett Kissel.[4][5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Award Outcome[6]
2010 Canadian Country Music Association Festival, Fair, or Exhibition of the Year Nominated
2011 East Coast Music Association Event of the Year[7] Nominated
2014 West Jet Fun N' Festivals Series Best Festival on Prince Edward Island[8] Won


  1. ^ "Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire & More - 2009 Cavendish Beach Music Festival". Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Stewart, Dave. "Fans line up for world-class talent in Cavendish". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b MacLeod, Al (July 12, 2010). "Rain greets concertgoers on last day of festival". Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Shea, Darlene. "Shelton and Lady Antebellum to headline Cavendish music fest". The Journal Pioneer. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Cavendish Beach Music Festival. 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "CCMA AWARDS NOMINEES - FULL LIST!". Canadian Country Music Association. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
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Coordinates: 46°29′0.6″N 63°23′24.76″W / 46.483500°N 63.3902111°W / 46.483500; -63.3902111