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Gobblefest Music Festival

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Starting off during the Thanksgiving season of 1994, Gobblefest was a one-off day of music consisting of many local bands from the Sydney area of Nova Scotia, to fundraise for the campus and community radio station, Caper Radio CJBU (previously known as CAPR). In 1999, Gobblefest expanded from a one day event to a three-day festival, showcasing a wide variety of alternative music artists across many different venues.

Today, Gobblefest continues as an integral component to the local music scene. Artists who have played Gobblefest in the past include: Yellow, Keith Doom and the Wrecking Crew, Sunfish, Rock Ranger, The Weakerthans, Gob, Nothing to Say, Carmen Townsend, Heartwood Slacks, Alright Already, Tom Fun Orchestra, Jordan Muscycyn Band, The Motorleague, Like A Motorcycle, and many more! Hosted every year by Caper Radio CJBU, Cape Breton University’s campus and community non-profit radio station, Gobblefest is powered by the Caper staff, the Gobblefest Committee, and a team of dedicated volunteers.  

This year, Gobblefest XXV (25 years of Cape Breton Alternative) is taking place on October 11, 12, and 13, in various different venues within the downtown area of Sydney, which include: Doktor Luke’s – A Respectable Coffee House, Governor’s Pub & Eatery, Sydney Curling Club, and the Capri Cabaret. Gobblefest XXV will consist of:

  • An acoustic song-writer’s circle
  • two all-ages music shows
  • three 19+ music shows

We will be announcing this year’s lineup in July, it’s going to be a big one! We hope to see you there!

For more information, you can visit our website at

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