Catch our recap of the inaugural Safe & Sound Fest featuring Majid Jordan, dvsn & Jessie Reyez
New Westminster, BC – For those music fans who felt like the West Coast missed out on the full festival experience this summer, Safe & Sound Entertainment quickly answered any discontent when they announced an end-of-summer festival that would feature many of the top voices in Canadian R&B. With headliners including Majid Jordan, dvsn, and Jessie Reyez, the festival was primed to offer a day of atmospheric music from vocally strong artists, and matched with a handful of Vancouver’s most notable local artists.
Highlights of the opening sets included those from Tonye Aganaba and Hayleau – both of whom are known on the West Coast (and beyond) as strong vocalists. Introducing the festival is no easy task, but they drew listeners to the stage on a high note with charismatic sets. K-os followed as a dignified special guest with an upbeat set that had everyone from the VIP to the general admission area dancing to many of his classics. Between performances were sets from Vancouver’s influential music contributors and DJs, including: The Freshest, Jay Swing, Andishae, DJ Arems, and Flipout.
Jessie Reyez is a Canadian songstress who took the industry by storm with one of the most successful years. Her fan turnout proved just how far her reach extends, and also how renowned she is as a live performer. Her vocals were packed with her characteristic raw and passionate emotion – sounding equally as powerful as they do on her debut EP Kiddo.
Shortly after her departure, the lights dimmed and a digital backdrop set the stage for OVO Sound duo, dvsn, which is composed of singer Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85. They’re currently prepping for their next album release, and new singles “Don’t Choose” and “Think About Me” were performed for the first time to a West Coast audience (and to resounding approval). Majid Jordan concluded the evening by bringing the audience up to a higher energy and had Westminster Pier Park packed around all sides of the festival gates. For anyone who hasn’t seen the duo live, Majid Al Maskati delivers an entrancing performance with Jordan Ullman on the instrumentals.
The festival was a fully community-initiated event that brought together many attendees for the greater appreciation of Canadian and West Coast music. We’re all hopeful that the event will return next year, and look forward to what Safe & Sound has in store.
Catch our full photo gallery from the festival below.
Review and photography by Kira Hunston for HipHopCanada