Another day, another trip down to Budweiser Stage! It’s been such an incredible summer of music and I love being a Chief Music Officer at this venue. This time, I made my way to see Green Day and Catfish and the Bottlemen perform and it was a killer double bill.
The day started with a surprise as I picked up my tickets from the box office and was told that Budweiser Stage tickets can be used as free entry into the CNE. Still with an hour until doors and a few hours until the music, you have no idea how overjoyed I was to hear this. I crossed the bridge over to the CNE – a super convenient two minute walk – and it worked, my Green Day ticket actually gave me free entry into the CNE!
After a few rides and way too many tasty treats, I walked back to Budweiser Stage for one of the most highly anticipated concerts of the year. I had Premium Tickets which allowed me to pass the long lines and walk right through a special gate into the venue – so if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t do lines or wants to get in the venue early, be sure to check out Budweiser Stage’s Premium Tickets option.
The energy in the venue was electric as fans sported their Green Day shirts and walked with smiles eluding pure excitement. I had to take a photo with the infamous marquee which read “Tonight at Budweiser Stage: Green Day”. Before going into the venue, I of course took a stroll down the Artist Walkway (a wood-framed outdoor art gallery which features local artwork of each band performing at Budweiser Stage throughout the summer) and also snagged a photo opp in front of the Green Day portrait!
First up on the bill were our buddies Catfish and the Bottlemen, who rocked the stage with tracks like Cocoon and Soundcheck. This band is so incredibly poetic and heartfelt, and we go way back, so it’s always a pleasure seeing how well they’re doing. I mean, they’re only opening for GREEN DAY.
After catching their set, I walked over to the newly renovated wood-panelled bar and concession stand to grab a pretzel. I have to tell you, the upgraded concession offerings are delicious and I love the fact that they now offer cashless payment options like Tap. I’m in and out of there within minutes now and never miss a second of music!
Heading back to my seat, I took a moment to look around at all of the fans and realized that there isn’t a bad sightline in the house. Whether in the front row or in the lawns, you have a great view of the performers and Budweiser Stage always feels extremely intimate for such a massive venue.
Next up was Green Day. There were so many touching moments during their set, from the acoustic version of Boulevard of Broken Dreams, to having fans on stage singing their hearts out, to even bringing a nine year old boy on stage to learn guitar. Green Day made dreams come true that night and it will forever be memorable.
Another great feature to Budweiser Stage is that the music doesn’t stop after the headliner. Taking place at The River Bar, a venue within the venue, local bands are performing before and after the concert which is always a treat. Now it’s time to go listen to some Green Day and reminisce. I’ll catch you at the next Budweiser Stage show!
Thanks so much for reading my article! If you’ve yet to come down to Budweiser Stage, there are still tons of concerts happening throughout the summertime. Be sure to say hello if you see me down there and check out my 4 reasons why Budweiser Stage is my go-to venue for summer concerts!