AREA 506 Announces Highlights for 2019, including new Waterfront Location


On behalf of AREA 506

AREA 506, New Brunswick’s premiere celebration of local music, culture and goods, today announced that the festival will be moving to a new location on the Saint John Waterfront, historically known as Fundy Quay. Formerly the site of the Government of Canada’s Coast Guard offices in Saint John, the location is in the final stages of demolition to the last remaining building, which when taken down will clear almost 200,000 sq. ft. of waterfront space.

“This location represents the top waterfront development opportunity in Atlantic Canada and we couldn’t be happier to take advantage of the space,” says Ray Gracewood, AREA 506 Founder and Chairperson. “We have a fantastic relationship with Port Saint John, but when we recently learned that Long Wharf wasn’t available due to some scheduling conflicts, we began working with our partners at the City of Saint John on our backup plan. We couldn’t be happier with how supportive and accommodating the city has been to help bring the AREA 506 energy and vibrancy to the core of Uptown Saint John.”

As in years past, the festival will be held over the New Brunswick Day long weekend, Friday, August 2 to Sunday, August 4, and will feature a third night of music on the main waterfront stage. The festival kicks off on Friday, August 2 with doors opening at 6:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday the festival returns to normal hours, with doors opening at 2:00 pm and featuring the ever-popular Shipping Container Village which will once again feature the best of New Brunswick’s culture and goods.

“AREA 506 is the marquee summer event for Saint John and a fantastic way to build excitement, welcome guests and showcase our New Brunswick pride over the New Brunswick Day weekend,” says Don Darling, Mayor of the City of Saint John. “We were pleased that we could offer the Fundy Quay site to the committee this year.  It is one of Saint John’s best and highest profile waterfront properties. This solution keeps the festival overlooking the beautiful Bay of Fundy and adds a fun new dimension to the Water Street location.”

The 2019 festival also marks the first year that ticketed shows will be open to all ages. Children under 12 years of age can attend for free if accompanied by an adult.

“Extending the AREA 506 experience to the young people of New Brunswick is critical to their understanding of the vibrancy and potential that exists here in New Brunswick,” explains Gracewood. “We want to highlight the best this province can offer. We know how amazing New Brunswick is and now we want to showcase that to all ages.”

AREA 506 2019 features acts such as Interpol, City and Colour, Matthew Good, Joel Plaskett, Wintersleep, The Motorleague and many more. Early bird weekend passes are available until May 31 at for $119 + taxes and fees. Regular weekend passes are priced at $149 + taxes and fees and daily and VIP tickets are also available. 


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