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Nazareth and Phonix headline Penticton Peach Festival’s opening night

The legendary Scottish rockers will take the stage on Aug. 7
Scottish rock stars Nazareth will headline the Penticton Peach Festival’s opening night on Aug. 7. (Submitted)

Legendary rock band Nazareth will headline the opening night of Penticton Peach Festival on Aug. 7.

The pioneers of Scottish Rock will have the Phonix Dance Band open for them.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the legendary Nazareth and the phenomenal Phonix Dance Band to the Penticton Peach Festival,” said Penticton Peach Festival President, Shawna Tinga. “This promises to be an epic night of music and celebration, setting the tone for an unforgettable Peach Festival.”

The bands join previously announced artists Honeymoon Suite, the Odds, Steven Lee Olsen and Lydia Sutherland who are set to take the stage at Peach Fest.

Nazareth’s 54-year history began in 1970 when the original members formed the group. Their breakthrough album, Razamanaz, was released in 1973 and had hit tracks like Broken Down Angel and Bad Bad Boy.

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The band took the international stage with the album Hair of the Dog, and the iconic single Love Hurts.

Original founding member Pete Agnew is joined by Lee Agnew, Jimmy Murrison — the band’s longest-serving guitarist — and vocalist Carl Sentance.

Pete Agnew summed up their extensive touring history, stating, “If it’s got electricity, we’ve played it.”

Opening the stage for Nazareth is Phonix Dance Band. This award-winning party band boasts Grammy, JUNO, and CCMA award-winning members who have shared stages with performers such as Quincy Jones, Village People, Bif Naked, Jo Jo Mason, and Hey Ocean.

Phonix is a nine-piece powerhouse, delivering a diverse set list of classic hits of the 1950s to today’s “Top 40” chart-toppers.

Nazarath’s performance, presented by Peter Bros. Paving, and Phonix, presented by the Penticton Lakeside Resort, will take over the Peach Festival Main Stage in Okanagan Lake Park.

Brennan Phillips

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Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
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