We still haven’t gotten over the headliners that Halifax Pop Explosion have announced for their 2017 music extravaganza. The 25th anniversary seems to mean the festival is pulling out all the stop. They’ve already announced the likes of Charlotte Day Wilson, Clairmont The Second, Ria Mae, Tasha The Amazon, Weaves, Charles Bradley & His Extraodinarires, Cloud Nothings, Patrick Watson, and Japandoids along with comedian Wyatt Cenac. Now they’ve fleshed more of their lineup and it looks like it will be a seriously impressive four-day musical extravaganza.
The festival persevered through torrential downpours last year to bring out bands like BadBadNotGood, John River, Laura Sauvage, Holy Fuck, The Yips, Keys n Krates, Jay Mayne, A. A. Wallace, Nap Eyes, White Lung, Basia Bulat, Century Egg, Harrison, John River, and Daniel Caesar. While there was no shortage of impressive talent, this year is like a metaphorical rainbow coming to bless us with some big names (yeah, we’re talking about Charles Bradley). There will be literally hundreds of bands rocking Halifax Pop Explosion this year.
The 2017 line-up is going to feature METZ, The Courtneys, Yukon Blonde, Rural Alberta Advantage, Bambii, Ralph, Julie and the Wrong Guys, Partner, Lido Pimienta, Malcolm London, and so many more. Here’s the lineup (still abridged, with many more to come, apparently):
✘O ✘V ✘T, Aquakultre, Aron D’Alesio, Bad Pop, Bambii, Bat Sabbath, Beach Season, Beliefs, Casper Skulls, Cedric Noel, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Charlotte Day Wilson, Clairmont The Second, Cloud Nothings, Crossed Wires, Dabin, Dance Movie, Designosaur, Devarrow, Devonte, Digging Roots, Duo Tang, Elijah, Elliott BROOD, Emma Willmann, Fake Palms, Frigs, Future Girls, Inland Island, Japandroids, Jon Mckiel, Julie and The Wrong Guys, Kirsten Olivia, Kurt Braunohler, LA Foster, Lee Watson, Lido Pimienta, Lou Canon, LUKA, Maje, Malcolm London, MAYLEE TODD, Megan Nash, METZ, Milk & Bone, Motherhood, Mountain of Wolves, Mozart’s Sister, Ms Banks, New Swears, Not You, OVAV, Owen Meany’s Batting Stance, Partner, Patrick Watson, Pony Girl, Pony, Quake and Kayo, Ralph, Reeny Smith, Ria Mae, Rural Alberta Advantage, Scott Helman, Silver D’Apple, Slowdown Mollasses, Sorrey, Tanika Charles, Tasha The Amazon, Taylor Holden, Texas King, The Avulsions, The Boo Radley Project, The Courtneys, The Mattson 2, The Very Reverend, Thick Business, Thrillah & Jay Mayne, Twist, Weakened Friends, Weaves, WHOOP-Szo, Wyatt Cenac, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Yes, We Mystic, Yukon Blonde, and Zoology.
Early Bird passes are available on the festival’s website for $99 (plus tax), with VIP Early Bird passes being $179 (also plus tax). The festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year from October 18-21, 2017. Tickets are available here.