Big summer season of music, food and more planned for Prince Edward County’s Base31

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Base31 has unveiled plans for its third summer season, promising an diverse lineup of musical talent and experiences at its historic Drill Hall venue in Prince Edward County.

Over 14 “major” Canadian musicians slated to perform, a media release explains.

Since its inception in 2021, Base31 has drawn in crowds with an array of performances by top Canadian artists. This year, the 70-acre site aims to further enrich the local community and attract tourists with the introduction of The Commissary, a food and drink venue featuring an open-air container market and an outdoor stage.

Headlining the summer festivals are The Reklaws and High Valley for the Pretty Excellent Country Music Festival on June 28-29, followed by The Glorious Sons and The Trews/Matt Mays for the Rock the County Music Festival Aug. 23-24. These festivals will feature additional performances by artists such as Nickola Magnolia and Kasador.

In addition to the festivals, the Drill Hall venue will host nine concerts showcasing a diverse range of Canadian talent, including Tokyo Police Club, Bahamas, and The Strumbellas, among others. Base31 will collaborate with Biglake to present the Art of Time Ensemble’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, featuring iconic Canadian pop figures reimagining The Beatles’ classic album.

Night Watch, returning for its second season, will offer an illuminated after-dark adventure with 10 art installations and a central bar, providing a unique nighttime experience for visitors from June to November.

At the Commissary, visitors can indulge in culinary delights crafted by five chefs, offering a variety of cuisine from Indian fusion to Italian/Sicilian dishes. Live music programmed by Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter Justin Rutledge will accompany the Après Beach hours, featuring performers such as The Hulagoons and Brendan Canning.

Pride Weekend at Base31 will feature a lineup of events celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, including comedy nights, live performances, and the annual Pride Party hosted by local drag queens.

Additionally, the Sergeants Mess Hall will continue its year-round programming with shows featuring Valdy, Raoul and the Big Time, and more.

Visitors can also enjoy various activities such as bike or golf cart rentals, art shows, and guided tours to immerse themselves in the rich history of the site.

Tickets for Base31’s summer events are available for purchase at base31.ca, promising an unforgettable season of music and entertainment in Prince Edward County.

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