Stoked for the Holidays, an annual all ages seasonal rockfest, returns for its 12th installment on Thursday, December 23rd at Christ Church Hall in Sydney. 2010’s iteration will feature 12 bands, 8 side stage performances and, organizers promise, a ripping after party for those 19 and over at The Upstairs Club.
“Stoked”, as it is affectionately known, made its debut in 1998 with performances by The Sellouts and Dark Waters and has since gone on to showcase many regionally, nationally and internationally popular acts like Slowcoaster, Rock Ranger, Richmond Hill, Drowning Shakespeare, Carmen Townsend, Greg MacPherson and many more.
Stoked veteran Alicia Penney has performed at seven of the twelve “Stokeds” with several acts including Yellow, Static in Action and as a solo performer on the acoustic side stage. “It is a pretty unique show”, says Penney. “The last three years I have been singing Christmas carols as a side stage performer, often sandwiched between metal bands that play on the main stage.” Penney says Stoked is a highlight of the year for local musicians because of its focus on local talent and because “it’s a great chance to run into friends that have made their way back home for the holidays.”
Doors at Christ Church Hall open at 2pm. Admission is $10.
Doors for the after party open at 10:00pm at the Upstairs Club. Admission is $5 for those 19 and over.
The lineups for both shows are below.
All ages show at Christ Church Hall. 2pm:
Static in Action – Sydney punk rock
Unbidden – Sydney thrash/death metal
Stygian Sky – Northside death metal
Royal Kush – Sydney hip hop/reggae
The Ballroom Massacre – Sydney metal/hardcore
Ricochet – Glace Bay street punk
Sons of Nebadon – Glace Bay metal
One Last Salute – Margaree dirt punk
Danny MacNeil Band – Sydney River folk pop
The Company – Sydney River pop rock
Thought Machine – Sydney prog rock
Wilds of Borneo – Glace Bay punk/metal
The Sea, the Stars(John Gill)
James FW Thompson
Rebecca’s Room (Andrew Gillis)
Licensed show at The Upstairs Club. 10pm:
Wilds of Borneo
Sons of Nebadon