The first wave of musical talent for 2018 is here! This year, the festival will be running from September 26th to 30th and as always, we believe in prioritizing diversity and creativity when selecting the inspiring line-up of local and international artists.
Want to know more about the line-up? The creative team provides quick insight on some of the bands playing this year's festival below...
PC music affiliate, SOPHIE makes thought provoking, layered and challenging electronic pop.
The Queen of rockabilly and pioneer of rock and roll, Jackson was a contemporary of Elvis.
Indie icon formerly known as Smog. writes lofi, songwriting gems, on Drag City label.
Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois
Former U2 producer and cancon icon (Lanois) meets avant garde electronic maverick (Venetian Snares).
Indie rock royalty are back to where it all began.
American art pop R&B singer and Los Angeles supergroup The Internet collaborator.
Care free millenial pop française
Garagey disco punk band from the motor city.
Montreal based indie sweethearts, make lazy Sunday jams.
Experimental noisy pop by one of world’s best songwriters.
The pioneer of Greek electronic music from the 80s has gained new found acclaim after a re-release on the label Dark Entries.
King Khan & The Shrines
King Khan, the wild garage rock front man originally from Montreal and now based in Berlin, fronts the Shrines who are like James Brown meets 13th floor Elevators.
Legendary No Wave act from New York City who redefined punk, art and experimental music.
Exhilarating & moody dance pop from the Queen of Sweden.
Montreal multidisciplinary producer, musician, makes his porn genre debut as a filmmaker 10 years after his band did the live soundtrack to the 70s gay porn Cruisin' 57 at Cinema L'amour.
Haunting and romantic Canadian songwriter.
The most original new rapper in America right now.
Montreal shoegaze juggernaut with heavy riffage.
Hip and heavy franco indie rock band.
The Weather Station
The best kind of Canadian folk à la Joni Mitchell.
Left field Jamaican dancehall collective.
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Evocative & brilliant writer/storyteller singer/songwriter.
Clairmont The Second
Next big hip hop act coming out of the 6ix.
Chilled out and endearing indie rock band originally from Halifax now in Montreal (Velvet Underground meets Yo La Tengo).
Franco Caribbean dancehall queen from Martinique.
19 year old Moroccan American R&B singer and social media activist and star to be.
Uncensored bad ass rap mom role model.
Progressive rapper preaching the truth from St Eustache to Montreal-Nord.
Inuk pop star, film maker and activist.
Named NYC's most exciting new band after dominating the blogosphere post SXSW.
The Charlatans UK
The chart topping British pop band.
Experimental alt country rock band signed to Sub Pop.
Complex and confrontational Doom metal duo from Hamilton.
Explorative Swedish-Canadian group.
Deemed "Ontario's Rising Pop Renegades" by Exclaim!
A month after forming they were asked to perform on TG4 (Irish national TV), and opened for Arcade Fire’s Will Butler.
They bring to mind the likes of Grizzly Bear, Local Natives and Real Estate with their charming, intricate guitar lines.
Of Montreal tour mate and collaborator.