Arkells 'rally' set to take over Hamilton Saturday
It's their biggest show to date and the city's largest outdoor concert in decades
Back where they started, Hamilton band, Arkells are in their hometown and playing not only the band's biggest show to date, but the city's largest outdoor stadium concert in decades.
And they're happily promoting the city in the process.
They're calling it "The Rally," an evening of song and dance to kick off the summer.
On Saturday, Tim Horton's Field will play host and because of the large demand, it became a full stadium show to include the upper bowl.
Didn’t think it was possible but I’m getting more stoked for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ArkellsRally?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ArkellsRally</a> with every update! <a href="https://t.co/ZWPChSoZFW">https://t.co/ZWPChSoZFW</a>—@SydnieR
This is the only Arkells summer show from the 905 to the 416, said the band's site, "and we're extra jazzed because it's right in our backyard."
Bands Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs, and Ellevator, another band from Hamilton, will be opening for Arkells.
"We don't get a chance to perform in this neck of the woods as much as we'd like, so we've recruited some of our favourite acts to help out for the occasion," read their site.
The set will include tunes from all of their albums.
"We've had the opportunity to curate the day exactly as we'd want a concert to be curated so we started from the lineup," said Kerman.
Rallying around Hamilton
The band that's named after the street they lived on when they went to McMaster University, is using the event to rally around the city.
The show starts at 5. p.m. But the activities connected to the show start hours earlier.
As with a Ticats games, HSR is doing the ticket-to-ride program for the show where ticketholders can ride the bus for free by showing their ticket.
So 🚲EXCITED 🚲! Partnering with <a href="https://twitter.com/SoBiHamilton?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SoBiHamilton</a> to ride to the stadium together to check out the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ArkellsRally?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ArkellsRally</a> Market on Sat. Grab your wheels - let’s roll! <a href="https://t.co/81bZJWOWxg">pic.twitter.com/81bZJWOWxg</a>—@arkellsmusic
The band is also planning to ride Sobi bikes to the stadium and inviting fans to join them.
The ride is leaving from Gore Park at 1:30 p.m. and headed to the rally. It's not a problem if you aren't a member of the bike share program, all bikes are welcome they say.
Here is a list of vendors at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ArkellsRally?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ArkellsRally</a> Market! <a href="https://t.co/bwQcLMCxIi">pic.twitter.com/bwQcLMCxIi</a>—@arkellsmusic
For fans coming from outside the city, the band have even included restaurant recommendations on their site to promote local establishments, and they've put a callout on Twitter for restaurants to send them their weekend menus and plans to share with their fans.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ArkellsRally?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ArkellsRally</a> fans, get to know <a href="https://twitter.com/arkellsmusic?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@arkellsmusic</a> hometown intimately via our city guide, Q&A with Max and breakdown of all <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HamOnt?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HamOnt</a> locations featured in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PeoplesChamp?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PeoplesChamp</a>. Get the info: <a href="https://t.co/nBxh1aFLGl">https://t.co/nBxh1aFLGl</a> <a href="https://t.co/jbQwX45Mkl">pic.twitter.com/jbQwX45Mkl</a>—@TourismHamilton
Tourism Hamilton has a map on their site of all the locations they used while shooting to video.
According to the tourism site, the rally will be Hamilton's largest outdoor stadium concert in decades with the largest being in 1975 when Pink Floyd over 50,000 pilled in Ivor Wynne Stadium.
They band is also giving back directly. For every ticket sold, a dollar will be donated to Refugee Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health.