A battle-of-the-bands that has been a launching pad for local artists since the 1980s is getting back to its rowdy roots after a move away from its longstanding venue.
Shindig, a 27-band tournament restricted to local acts only, is well underway in its new home, the Hindenburg on West Cordova.
Six weeks in, the vibrant crowds in attendance offer a sharp contrast to the subdued atmosphere of Shindig’s last two years. The event is organized by the University of B.C. campus-radio station, CiTR.
“We had a [mosh breakout] last Tuesday,” said Ben Lai, Shindig’s organizer, host and MC. “[At the Hindenburg], the bands feel like they’re playing a legit rock-and-roll show.”