Westfest returns for a second year with its lineup of northwest artists ready to play the last weekend of May.

Westfest ready to rock

Small music festival keeps it real with idea of growing music community here in Terrace B.C.

Musicians are all lined up for the second annual Westfest and it will be a jam-packed May 30 out at a farm at Gossen Creek.

And the location matches the tone and tunes of the event itself.

We are leaning towards more organic sounds,” says organizer Marty Christiansen, a member of Ranger Dan, who will be performing.

Last year was a one-day event and this year will be too just to keep things small scale and grow in a stable manageable way.”

WestFest started with a small group who wanted to see the music community in Terrace grow and attract more people, said Christiansen.

We love our town and we want to bring positive change to Terrace while so many other changes are going on. Basically we want culture and the arts to keep up with industry growth.”

WestFest is open to any bands across Canada but ends up attracting more regional and provincial acts because of its small size.

We’re really excited to keep this idea alive and the town has been so supportive,” said Christiansen.

In its first year in 2014, 350 attendees came out plus volunteers. This year about 400 tickets will be sold.

Vendors are welcome and the bands are all booked.

We are always looking for volunteers and I am amazed at the community support we receive from people and businesses,” said Christiansen.

Volunteers receive a free weekend pass and free meal tickets.

For more information, to volunteer or to sponsor the event, see the Westfest 2015 Terrace B.C. Facebook page or website.