Fredrictonlocals Chats With Pre-Pop Organizer Brendan MaGee

For the first time last year the Capital Complex put on the Pre-Pop music festival, showcasing the some of the very best acts passing through Fredericton on their way to Halifax Pop Explosion. This year their at it again and Fredericton Locals spoke with one of it’s main organizers Brendan MaGee to find out exactly what the story is behind Pre-Pop and what the city’s music lovers can expect from the festival this year.

What is Pre-Pop?

Pre Pop is a place… Pre Pop is a state of mind.

Just kidding. Pre Pop is actually a week’s worth of delightful music presented by Picaroons Traditional Ales and The Capital Complex. Featuring a wide array of international talent, the festival showcases some of North America’s best and brightest on their way to Halifax Pop Explosion.

How successful was last year?

We had an amazing inaugural festival, and we expect even bigger things this year! While lots of Frederictonians (ourselves included) would love nothing more than to make the trip to Pop Explosion, jobs, kids, and/or lack of transportation make it a hard go. Instead, Pre-Pop brings some of the best parts of the HPX! lineup to Fredericton for one awesome week of entertainment.

What is different about the event this year?

This year, we were able to sign a big name international headliner in Deer Tick, and then build around that foundation, whereas in 2011 was more of an even keeled slate of Canadiana. Along with support from our amazing co-presenter Picaroons, we’ve also been able to slash the price of our Pre Pop festival pass in half, which we hope will open the festival up to even more Fredericton folks. Thursday night is now a kitchen party, with a fabulous double bill in Tom Fun Orchestra and Les Canailles. As well, the festival’s taken a heavier tone this year, with names like Los Angeles’ garage /power pop wunderkind King Tuff, and Tuesdays hardcore bill of Quebec City’s Dance Laury Dance and Toronto’s Caludron.

What are the highlights of this year?

I think there are some obvious standouts like Rhode Island-export Deer Tick, as well as some longtime Capital Complex favorites like Tom Fun Orchestra in the mix. That said, there are a lot of hidden gems slated for Pre Pop 2012. Les Canailles, for instance, blew the roof off the Capital when they stopped by this past July, and they’re only getting bigger and better with time. Big John Bates is a West Coast stalwart, featuring an intriguing, dark sound with deep southern roots to it – fans of Elliott Brood, Deep Dark Woods and The Sadies will really dig their Sunday night, festival finale show. As mentioned, Tuesday night gets heavy this year, with both Dance Laury Dance and Cauldron on one bill. Look out!


Why should people go?

Pre Pop is going to make for one hell of a week. We’ve got a truly exciting lineup of performers, some of whom have never played Fredericton before, some of whom may never be back. What’s more, the Picaroons will be flowing all week long – if that’s not enough, there may be no pleasing you.

For more information on Pre-Pop click here.


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