Pack your bags, Grab your Tent,

the Blacktop Ball is back for its THIRD year! 

AUGUST 25-27, 2017

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We're taking over the last weekend of August with sandy beaches, camping, tomfoolery and of course, MUSIC. Lots of music!

We have an incredibly diverse lineup consisting of many of our friends and fellow artists. Also, this year we are going to perform our new record from front to back on opening night. Yep. We are working on a new record. On night two, we will play the old stuff. 

We highly recommend you stay tuned for the lineup reveal over the coming weeks! Make sure you follow us on Facebook to stay in the loop! 

Always remember the motto of The Blacktop Ball;

If you wouldn’t hug 'em, don't bring 'em!


Friday night August 25th Come, get set up for the weekend and share some drinks and laughs with us. Music starts at 8:30pm - We’ll kick off the weekend by sharing our new record with you, start to finish and maybe through in a few old favourites as well. You’ll be the first to hear it...we don’t even have a name for it yet! Joining us will be Christine Campbell, Roxy & the Underground Soul Sound and The Brood. 

Saturday AFTERNOON August 26th is our first annual “Blues BBQ” come eat some BBQ, hear some music and maybe even jam. 

Saturday night August 26th is Rock and Roll night with our friends - Music starts at 8:30pm. We'll play as many favourites as possible! Joining us will be Like A Motorcycle, Rain Over St. Ambrose and Wheeler. 

Sunday, August 27th we’ll be wrapping up the party but don’t run off too quickly. We’ll be hanging out on the beach all day!



Make sure you follow Blacktop Ball on Facebook Twitter: @blacktopball_ns   Instagram: @blacktopball_ns  to be the first to hear about #blacktopball2017


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Take your government-issued ID. It's 19+

How many shows are the Stans playing?

Two! One on Friday night, and the other on Saturday. We are going to try and play every song we have ever written. 

Is there somewhere nearby to buy booze/chips/fly dope/get cash etc?

YEP. The LBR Gas Bar, 2 km up the road at 3138 Shore Rd. Verifiably the coldest beer store in Nova Scotia. Not even joking. Don’t buy glass bottles of beer and bring plastic cups for your mixed drinks. There is also an ATM in the LBR.

Will there be concessions on site (food service, water, merch etc)?

Yes, Bring some cash (No ATM on site) because we are aiming to serve up some grilled delights over the course of the weekend!

I'm not much for camping, but I still want to come see a show or two. Are there hotels in the area?

Best to check for accommodations in the nearby towns of New Glasgow (29 mins drive from the site) or Antigonish (32 mins drive from the site). Unfortunately, we don't have any preferred rates set up. 

Anywhere I can see some pictures from last year?

In case you weren’t there, you can always check out Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

Can I bring my 47-foot Brontosaurus-mobile Deluxe RV?

YES. Bonus points if you invite us in for a drink or 7.

Can I bring an hibachi or BBQ?

Hell yeah. Save us a burg. In case you don't want worry about packing food and a BBQ, we have our Blacktop Cafe and FOOD TENT to take care of you!

Can I have a campfire?

Sorry, no can do. That said, you should bring some warm clothes just in case. Nova Scotia’s weather is unpredictable.

What are my parking options?

There is lots of parking.

Will there be security?

We will have security roving the site between the hours of 6pm and 3am each performance night (Sat and Sun). Our security crew are totally professional, CPR trained and friendly as all get out. 

Also, our friends in the RCMP will be checking for drunk drivers with a vengeance, so don’t be a prick and think you can drink and drive.

I’ll definitely want to go swimming. Will there be a lifeguard at the beach?

You should absolutely go swimming, but you are on your own there - there is NO lifegaurd! 

What CAN’T I bring to the Blacktop Ball?

Any of your kids who are minors (19+ right?)

Beverages in glass bottles.

Your ATV (of any kind)


Firearms (not that anyone would be DUMB enough to do that!)

Lawn Darts

A bad attitude

What CAN I bring to the Blacktop Ball?

Your dog

Your musical instrument of choice

Any outdoor game that doesn’t involve sharp points or explosions

Will you be selling merch?

Of course. 

Is there anywhere onsite that I CAN’T go?

Any of the buildings onsite (Cottages, mobile homes, barns etc)

The stage.

The Sound guy's area (Leave him alone. He doesn't need your advice ;-)

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?


Can my band play the Blacktop Ball? We are really good….

No doubt you are awesome, but we are all filled up for this year.

Can I buy tickets at the gate?

Believe me, these tickets will move FAST. Better to spring for them now while you are here (and a click or two away)! IF there are any left by that point, then yeah. Cash and credit card only, no debit.


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