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Coca Cola line-up at Stampede aims to impress the Canadian music fan

Hundreds of music fans packed Flames Central Thursday night to hear the news many had been waiting all year for, the line-up of the Coca-Cola stage at Stampede 2014.

There were screams of applause and busy fingers tweeting the news as one-by-one, some of the biggest acts in Canadian music were announced as part of “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.”

Concerts will again take place this year with the shows starting at 9pm, with the exception of the show on July 11th where the two headliners will start at 8pm and 9:30 respectively.

Stampede fans and Calgarians can look forward to the talents this year of Said the Whale, Matthew Good, Classified, Tokyo Police Club, Marianas Trench, Monster Truck, Down with Webster, A Great Big World, Chad Brownlee, Dallas Smith, The Trews and Billy Talent.

Those in Flames Central were also treated to two covert performances by the likes of Said the Whale and Tokyo Police Club.

In an exclusive interview with 660News, Tokyo Police Club’s Josh and Graham tell 660News they’re pretty excited to be part of this year’s Stampede.

“We did the Coca Cola stage once before, we had such a good time the last time we did it,” Graham says. “It’s just like a good vibe, everyone’s in a good mood. It’s like going to a place where everyone for a mile around is in a good mood.”

The band had just finished playing a prank on their fellow tour mates Said the Whale, leaving a plate that read “TPC rocks” and re-arranging luggage inside their RV.

When they’re out on the road, they try to have their fun wherever possible. “My first idea was to put it (Said the Whale’s RV) in neutral and let god’s will take its course but that just seemed cruel,” laughed Graham. “We didn’t touch Spencer’s bag because he lost his phone on our tour and that just seemed wrong,” adds Josh. Graham says they were pumped to play a show like the covert concert given the fact no one knew they were hiding in the back alley. Said the Whale’s members raved about crowd after their performance. “It was packed with people who had no idea we were going to be there,” said Ben. “It was really fun and loud, that venue was kind of like a gynasium.” Given the amount of songs the group has about the west coast, Vancouver and fish, one might figure a song about Calgary or beef could be just around the corner. “Well I do love beef,” laughs Ben. “We do have a song about a lake that’s close to Calgary, Johnson Lake, inside the Banff Lake turnoff. It’s actually called Emerald Lake, Alberta but the song was written about Johnson Lake, not Emerald Lake, we just got it wrong. So technically we have a song about somewhere close.” He adds the first time they were in Calgary, it was for Stampede and they’re pumped for their return. Said the Whale takes the stage on Thursday, July 3rd for Sneak-A-Peak while Tokyo Police Club will get their turn on Sunday, July 6th.