Nick Gilder Sweeney Todd Group to headline Dancin’ Barefoot Music Festival

Nick Gilder Sweeney Todd Group plans to rock the Cousins Park stage in Peachland July 20.

  • Jul. 4, 2013 8:00 p.m.

In celebration of its sixth year, the Dancin’ Barefoot Music Festival will welcome Nick Gilder Sweeney Todd Group to the Cousins Park stage July 20.

Started by Peachland-based Elvis tribute artist Terry MacGillivray in the summer of 2007, the Dancin’ Barefoot Music Festival offers a classic rock and roll summer evening.

English-Canadian glam rock legend Nick Gilder and his first band, Sweeney Todd, plan to play hits like their 1976 number one single, Roxy Roller, and the 1978 hit, Hot Child in the City.

MacGillivray’s wife, Valerie, and daughter, Patricia Cheyne, have run the festival since Terry passed away in 2008. They say it has grown significantly over the years; in fact, Gilder approached them to land a spot on the bill this year.

“I am a big fan of his music. I think he’s got a great sound and I like everything about him. I like his rapport with the audience and the way he appreciates his fans,” said Cheyne.

Opening for Gilder will be Shawn Hook, a Nelson-based artist with a successful first album under his belt.

Gorden James and The Good Guys band will add a hint of country to the evening. James recently appeared on the CMT Canada series Big in a Small Town as one of only two B.C.-based artists featured.

Rounding out the lineup is Kelowna newcomer, The Newks, who won themselves a spot on the stage with a powerful acoustic sound.

The event will open with the fifth annual teen talent competition.

The festival will once again use wristbands for ticket-holders, allowing the audience to come and go from the park all evening. This year wine will be offered in both the beer garden and VIP lounge.

Tickets are on sale now via the Peachland Chamber of Commerce at (250) 767-2455 or online at

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