Harvest announces Victor Wooten, Jim Cuddy, Feist and Broken Social Scene

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Harvest’s first artist announcement of 2024 sets a high bar for this year’s lineup. 

Matt Carter 

Go big or go home. That seems to be the unspoken motto of Fredericton’s Harvest Music Festival. Following recent announcements by Area 506 (Saint John) and Paddlefest (St. Andrews), Harvest’s organizing team decided to make a few announcements of their own. Following an unfortunate year that brought an early end to the festival due to severe weather warnings, Harvest’s 2024 festival is on track to make up for last year’s loss, and then some. 

Last week, Harvest announced American bass phenom Victor Wooten and the Wooten Brothers will headline a performance at the Barracks Tent in Barracks Square.  Wooten is known to many as the bass player for Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and has been a member of the group since it formed in 1988. He is also a five time Grammy Award winner and is ranked No.10 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of Top 10 Bassists of All Time. 

The announcement set social feeds abuzz with Barracks Tent Production Manager Stephen Lewis proclaiming the news as “a literal dream come true.”

“I am over the moon about this announcement,” said Lewis, a multi instrumentalist and lifelong Wooten devotee. “If I could book anyone or have anyone play the Barracks, it would be Victor. This is a literal dream come true and one that would not be possible without our very good friend and Harvest Music Festival program director Brent Staeben.”

Sharing the announcement are three widely recognised names in Canadian music, each with their own international following. The Jim Cuddy Band will be featured on stage at the Mojo Tent this year, while Arts & Crafts label heavyweights Feist and Broken Social Scene will each perform a headlining show in the Blues Tent. Feist’s sixth album, Multitudes, released in 2023, was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize and received a nomination for Adult Alternative Album of the Year at the 2024 Juno Awards.

This first announcement from Harvest came packaged with a limited number of Ultimate and Barracks Tent passes on sale now

Harvest Music Festival runs September 10-15 in Fredericton. 

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