ECMA 35 // East Coast Music Week // Alternative Stage @ Gus’ Pub, May 5th.

Hey all, I am excited to share my review and photos of the Alternative Stage at Gus’ Pub during the 35th year of the ECMA’s, and this year’s East Coast Music Week. The small pub is known for hosting loud music, and this stage did not disappoint in delivering some incredible performances.

Kicking off the night was June Body, who set the tone for the rest of the show with their energetic and explosive performance. While listening to their albums provides a taste of their talent, witnessing their full 30-minute set in person is another level of experience. This band definitely has a unique and distinct Halifax sound that is sure to become a staple of the local music scene.

Swimming was up next, and it was clear that the crowd was eagerly anticipating their performance as they packed the venue. Their sound was reminiscent of the iconic American Football and delivered an emo-inspired set that was very well-received by the enthusiastic crowd. It’s worth noting that Swimming won Newfoundland’s Alternative Artist of the Year in 2022, and based on their impressive performance, it’s easy to see why I believe that this band is poised for a breakout.

No, It’s Fine was a blast to see perform. They engaged with the crowd and cracked a few jokes, making for a very interactive and fun set. This Halifax-based band definitely knows how to entertain an audience. If you get a chance check out their “Bandcamp” page and listen to their newly released “Minimum Wage, Maximum Rage” single, which was released last month.  You’ll love it.

Finally, Century Egg took the stage, and they were my personal favourite of the night. Their upbeat, colourful, and eccentric style of music really stood out. I just love the lyrics to their songs. This is a playful band that doesn’t take itself too seriously. So much fun.

Overall, the Alternative Stage at Gus’ Pub was my favourite stage of the entire festival. The intimate setting made for a truly immersive experience, and each band brought their own unique sound and energy to the stage.  I highly recommend checking out any of the bands if you get the chance.

Alt Stage @ Gus’ Pub – May 5th

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Me, I'm an avid music goer, documenting/photographing Halifax's music scene. I like loud shows, and long walks on the beach.