Montreal has always been a hot spot for club culture, from the days of disco to underground raves to state-of-the-art afterhours venues – this year the city’s electronic dance music scene kicks it up a notch with EDM and urban music festival Île Soniq.
The very first edition of Île Soniq keeps festival-goers dancing August 15-16 at Parc Jean-Drapeau on the picturesque Île Sainte-Hélène, following two solid weekends of music at the park – indie-rock heavyweight Osheaga and metal and hard rock fest Heavy Montréal. With over 50 artists on three outdoor stages, from early afternoon to well past sunset, Île Soniq promises just as much constant entertainment, but this time, it’s all about the beat.
Whether you’re at Île Soniq to dance, chill out or simply soak up the good vibes on a sunny day, you’re sure to find a sound that suits you. At the top of the festival’s electronic and hip-hop headliners sits long-time club shaker and anthemic beat maker Tiësto, Aussie hip-hop-meets-pop star Iggy Azalea, and prolific UK techno artist Jesse Rose, all making crowds go wild in different ways on Friday night. Saturday night’s no less wild with the good-time music of ultrapopular Filipino-Dutch DJ and producer Laidback Luke, the classic trance of Coachella favourites Infected Mushroom, Memphis-based rapper and co-founder of Three 6 Mafia Juicy J, the fast and furious rhythms of American producer Araabmuzik and West London dubstep producer Caspa.
Get to Île Soniq early on Friday afternoon as Australian Thomas Jack gets the festival spirit going with pop-like, hands-in-the-air light and breezy sounds of summertime and stick around for moombahcore main man Dillon Francis, Italian duo Vinai, and Dutch house DJ and producer Bingo Players. Saturday sees German trance duo Cosmic Gate on the main stage, Skrillex collaborators Kill the Noise, New Jersey pop-electro radio-friendly band Cash Cash, California’s genre-crossing Seven Lions, Italian producer Riva Starr, Kanye West collaborator Tyga and more.
Taking their rightful place among all the international talent at Île Soniq are numerous Canadian producers known for filling dance floors and capturing the attention of deep listeners in cities across the country and around the world. Locals are sure to fill the dancefloor on Friday night for hometown heroes Adventure Club as they spin a set of dubstep-influenced electro featuring guest DJs Snails, Botnek, the Chainsmokers and 3LAU, while Montreal’s Haffenfold mix experimental synth sounds with steady beats early on Friday afternoon on the Neon Stage and Andru entrances on the Superheroes Anonymous stage, followed by the hard and heavy bass of Snails. More not to miss: Toronto originals Zeds Dead and Torro Torro along with Montreal’s Vilify & Henward, No Kliché and many more electro music makers set to burn up Île Soniq’s open-air dancefloors.
Île Soniq, at Parc Jean-Drapeau, August 15-16 2014
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