This year’s headliners for the annual Bulkley Valley Kinsmen’s Telkwa Barbecue are sure to bring back some fond memories for concert goers.
Canadian rock bands Prism and Honeymoon Suite, along with country artist Brett Kissel are set to rock the stage at the barbecue grounds on Sept. 5 and 6.
According to concert chair Mike Henfrey, it was a difficult process finding a headliner for this year’s event, but they managed to strike gold at the last minute.
“I thought it was a good fit. We have a broad range of ages that go to the Telkwa Barbecue and we try to appeal to all of them,” he said.
Both rock bands are Juno-award winning bands from the ‘80s. Prism’s hits include Spaceship Superstar and Night to Remember. Honeymoon Suite’s hits include New Girl Now and Feel It Again.
“We thought that would appeal to the older crowd and we really feel that the country night is going to appeal to the younger crowd,” said Henfrey, adding that he anticipates roughly 8,000 people will walk through the gates over the barbecue weekend.
“We hope it will be a big event this year.”
Kissel, who recently took home two Canadian Country Music Awards, is known for his hits, Started with a Song, Canadian Kid, and 3, 2, 1.
This year, the Kinsmen have expanded their marketing strategy and are hoping to draw people from around northern B.C. as well.
“We’re going to have people who know about our event all the way down to Prince Rupert and Prince George,” said Henfrey.
The Kinsmen are a non-profit society. The money raised from the concert and barbecue go towards projects the society is working on, including putting up boulders for children to climb in Telkwa and Smithers parks.
“It’s about getting people together and having a good time,” said Henfrey of the concert.
“We try to get bands that will bring people nostalgia. So when they hear songs that are familiar to them, they can meet their friends and have a good time.”
Ticket pre-sales start on April 8 at bvkinsmen.ca. General admission is $35, while preferred seating is $45.