Montreal's brand spanking new electro-fulled festival raved on through mud and mush this past weekend.
All photos by Carine Buncsi and Jordi Girones
Montreal's brand spanking new music festival ÎleSoniq raved on throughout the grassy and wet surrounds of Parc Jean-Drapeau this past Friday and Saturday. The electronic urban festival featured major artists in the realm of electronic, hip-hop, trap, rap, house and a whole lot of dancing in the rain across two splendid days of partying, good vibes and muddy escapades.
Jumping on the electronic dance music bandwagon, Evenko hosted its first ever summer electronic music festival post Osheaga's three-day blowout, releasing a line-up that was a feast for all dance music lovers. Tiësto, Dillon Francis, Kill The Noise, Laidback Luke, The Chainsmokers, Riva Starr, Infected Mushroom and Iggy Azalea were among the international heavy-hitters, with Canadian favourites Adventure Club and Zeds Dead putting out pumping sets with matching trippy visuals.
Dance music enthusiasts piled into the park in an array of colourful and crazy get-ups. However, it wasn't just about pushing PLUR, plush furs and trading kandi with the kandi nation. Classic superheroes in all their skintight glory were out in full force with ballerinas in their neon frou-frou, as well as the infamous horse head masks making an appearance raving in the rain, all who mastered shuffling to the tunes from the intimate Neon stage.
The party crew and their garb didn't stop there with bejewelled bras o' plenty, fanny packs and rainbow coloured pasties on display by risky revellers who were flashing the camera's on the main stage during Cosmic Gate and Kill The Noise sets.
Big ups to the ÎleSoniq crew for their commendable creativity on the giant displays of flora and fungi. The festival site sure received a whimsical makeover stepping right out of a fairy tale with its towering, crazy decorations scattered throughout the park's grounds and its three stages.
Day one unleashed Montreal's prized party crew Adventure Club, hosting their own stage along with six sure acts who wowed the crowd with uplifting and infectious sets from Snails, Andru, Botnek, Vinai, 3LAU and The Chainsmokers, on the aptly named Superheroes Anonymous stage. There was no shortage of fan posters for college junior and big room house producer 3LAU, with his raging set BLAU-ing the minds of partygoers. Early festival highlights included the ever eclectic and synthy, Sinden and Mr. Carmack. Other notable mentions go to Aussie talents Anna Lunoe who delivered a tight set alongside chart topping 'it girl' and crafty lyricist Iggy Azalea who showed her army of Azalean's how it's done on the Oasis main stage. The real show clinchers firing up the masses for the first evening were Dillon Francis, Adventure Club, Jesse Rose and dance music legend Tiësto, giving the glow sticks a serious workout throughout his set.
As day two began the rain was relentless, but that didn't damper the moods (or maybe some of the festivalgoers pictured below) who were ready to face the wet weather in their poncho's and gumboots, geared up for round two. Going barefoot was for the brave with plenty of muddy mishaps, mayhem and action at the Neon stage, which proved to have a greater following on day two. One of the stand-out acts on the small stage was none other than American trap crew LOUDPVCK, with a whole lot of barrage hard-hitting tracks they simply killed every minute of their energetic set. Even the security guards were high-fiving and grinding with the party crowd to the trap duo's set, with the boys in the back pulling out the moves and their 'big guns,' mimicking Metallica's bassist Rob Trujillo and his weird crab walk.
As we partied away into the evening, the high-energy performances continued with an entertaining set from Kill Paris and the too fast and furious fingers and rhythms of Araabmuzik. Over at main stage, Canadian act Zeds Dead definitely nailed it (to say the least), taking listeners on a bass-filled journey with mesmerising stage visuals to boot. The rain was persistent but that didn't hinder the final act of the night, Laidback Luke, who played his loud and notorious festival anthems which boomed throughout the packed park.
For those revellers that pushed it to the extremes and partied across the two days through the mud and slush under gigantic mushrooms, you'll be hurting a little today I'm sure, but the photographic evidence will show that ÎleSoniq was one hell of a electro-fuelled party.
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