Wednesday, August 12, 2009

News:: 2009 Halifax Pop Explosion Lineup


It struck me today that it was high time we got a post up for HPX '09, and when you consider that my first post for HPX '08 was a year ago today, my timing seems bang on. HPX is of course the Halifax Pop Explosion, certainly the indie event of the year for many in this city, and I don't think it's a stretch to say that since its inception 17 years ago, it has become one of the biggest music festivals of it's kind in Canada.

Well, now that I've broken out the hyperbole, can the '09 lineup back up my big talk? Well have a gander at some of the acts confirmed thus far and let me know:

MSTRKRFT www.myspace.com/mstrkrft
Mates of State www.myspace.com/matesofstate
Cadence Weapon www.myspace.com/cadenceweaponmusic
Jenn Grant www.myspace.com/jenngrant1
By Divine Right www.myspace.com/bydivineright
You Say Party, We Say Die www.myspace.com/yousaypartywesaydie
Two Hours Traffic www.myspace.com/twohourstraffic
D-Sisive www.myspace.com/dsisive
The Acorn www.myspace.com/theacorn
Final Fantasy www.myspace.com/ffinalffantasy
Japandroids www.myspace.com/japandroids
Julie Doiron & Herman Dune http://www.myspace.com/juliedoiron, www.myspace.com/therealhermandune
Ohbijou www.myspace.com/ohbijou

Well now, I don't think you can say that the festival doesn't already include some of the Canadian music scene's more buzzworthy names, and if past years are any indication, there's more where they came from. Final Fantasy is of course a previous Polaris Prize winner, and D-Sisive & Japandroids were in the long-list mix for this year's honour. By Divine Right, The Acorn, You Say Party, We Say Die, Two Hours Traffic & Ohbijou are hot tickets across the country, Julie Doiron is a legend out here (and other places), and Cadence Weapon is a Poet Laureate. Solid list in my opinion.

So, now that your interest is peaked, you need to know the ticket situation:

Early bird passes for the 2009 Halifax Pop Explosion are available until August 31. Prices are $80 for standard festival passes and $190 for VIP passes. Passes are available online at www.ticketpro.ca and in person at all Ticketpro outlets.

So get on those Early Bird passes, and also:

Tickets for the MSTRKRFT show go on sale Wednesday, August 12. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets will be available online at www.ticketpro.ca and in person at all Ticketpro outlets.

Start getting excited. We are.







MP3:: Ohbijou - Black Ice






MP3:: D-Sisive - Four (Radio Edit)






MP3:: Japandroids - Young Hearts Spark Fire






MP3:: MSTRKRFT - Bounce (SONPUB Remix)






MP3:: Cadence Weapon - Sharks (with Final Fantasy)

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