From May 18th to the 20th, many people gathered together from all across Canada to Sainte-Thérèse for the 2nd installment of the Santa Teresa festival. After a successful first year, people were ready for more. The lineup was something to look forward to as well, with acts such as Feist, Nothing Nowhere, Alice Glass, Wolf Parade, July Talk, Nick Murphy, Mount Kimbie, Ghostemane, Oh Wonder, Lil Uzi Vert and many more.
The festival went off to an incredible start on Friday night with a performance from Feist in the Sainte-Thérèse-d’Avila Church, in which we were both collectively mesmerized. She was simply incredible, joined by fellow Broken Social Scene member La Force who really knew how to set the mood.
Saturday was a different story however. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side, which caused a lot of performers on the outdoor stage to either get cancelled (in the case of Alice Glass and The Voidz) or moved to a first come first serve indoor venue (Wolf Parade). This was rather disappointing, but this was not really anybody’s fault, but it does feel like there should have been a contingency plan for occurrences like this. Many festival goers had purchased their passes in order to see these bands and now they missed out. The weather did clear up later on however, and we were treated to a dynamic and energy filled performance from July Talk. Unfortunately, the weather got worse again and we left before getting to see Nick Murphy.
Come Sunday, however, the weather had cleared up exponentially, and we had a full day’s worth of music ahead of us. This was a huge day for a lot of people, especially with big name artists such as Trippie Redd, Ski Mask the Slump God, and Lil Uzi Vert. Festival goers were even trying to get tickets from scalpers, however much to their disappointment, all three acts ultimately cancelled. The first two were because of passport issues. Many festival goers expressed their disappointment at this, however anticipation was still high for Lil Uzi Vert. We got to enjoy performances from Mount Kimbie, Abra, Ghostemane and Oh Wonder. Afterwards, we split off, which is when things got interesting.
Dani went off to enjoy a small sentimental performance from Sandy (Alex G). I stayed to see the big event, Lil Uzi Vert. Hundreds gathered to see the young rapper perform, but as time went on, he was nowhere to be seen. Around an hour after his designated performance time, fans were beginning to get rowdy and impatient, especially with the stock music playing over and over again as people waited. Eventually it was announced that he would not be performing due to issues with crossing the border, causing a small contained riot began to emerge.
Unfortunately, Santa Teresa did not have lady luck on its side. There were many unforeseen and unfortunate setbacks, but hopefully they can learn from this year and organize a fantastic 3rd installment. There is a lot of potential to be had.
Andrew Wood with Danielle Richard
Entertainment and Arts & Culture Editors
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol. 48 Issue 1 on September 12, 2018