Music fans from all over southeastern Saskatchewan filled Spectra Place in style when Canadian pop-rockers Hedley helped blast the roof off the place on Saturday night.
The near capacity crowd was primed and ready when the curtain finally split and Hedley's opening notes rang out. Lead singer Jacob Hoggard lit up the stage and brought the fans to a deafening scream.
Not long into the set, Hoggard accepted a drink from a front-row fan and took a sip before passing it back down. That was a sign of what would come for the rest of the show. Interaction between the musicians and audience is a constant occurrence at a Hedley show.
The energy that built up after each opening act pent so much for the final act that when Hedley stepped out and it was released, they both fed off it and added to it.
The show kicked off with a solo performance by Kay, a Nova Scotian whose debut album is scheduled for release this year.
She was followed by the energetic Karl Wolf who set a party mood for the rest of the show.
Classified hit the stage to a warm reception by the crowd up front. He was the final opening act before the headlining Hedley.
Nathan Jesse, City of Estevan program manager, said they discovered the venue didn't have enough power to supply the concert when it first arrived, so they brought in generators with enough juice to power 500 homes.
With Hedley, Classified and Karl Wolf all nominated for Juno Awards this year, they've set a high bar for the kinds of acts Estevan may hope to expect in the future. Hedley is touring to support their latest album, Storms, which was released late last year.
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