Piknic Électronik is proud to announce a historic, record-breaking turnout for 2019, as nearly 160,000 Piknickers swarmed the lush greenery of the Piknic Électronik site at Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Plaine des Jeux. It was a perfect, incredibly memorable edition as ever more Montrealers came together all summer long to take part in this leading light of the summer cultural season! It’s also worth noting that in early summer, Piknic Électronik was named best Club/Event series in North-America by UK publication DJ Mag, whose biannual rankings remain the industry standard.
A Record Breaking Summer
In addition to welcoming over 160,000 party visitors over the course of the season from May 19th to September 29th, Piknic Électronik welcomed crowds breaking the 10,000-person mark five times this year! Young adults age 18-35 made up the bulk of these visitors, a cohort that proudly highlights Montreal’s diversity, with university students, young workers and families all partying alongside curious and happy tourists. This success confirms Piknic’s status as a leader in electronic music, both locally and internationally. Among the highlights: May 26th with Argentina’s Hernan Cattaneo and Italy’s Massimiliano Pagliara, and the 100% Quebecois Piknic on June 23rd featuring Kora. Plus we can’t forget Denis Sulta’s crazy party, Detroit duo OctaveOne’s live set, and countless other devilishly delectable moments this season courtesy of Baltra, Octo Octa, Courtesy, DJ Stingray, and FJAAK to name just a few! A huge thanks to all the artists who performed under our banner this summer.
A look back at OFF-PIKNIC
Selected Saturdays were festive ones at the Piknic Électronik site this summer, as OFF PIKNIC’s special programming proved an opportunity to present 7 unique summer events: Bonobo (UK)’s Outlier tour, Gramatik (US),the can’t-miss Montreal returns of Anjunadeep and All Day I Dream, and two events in collaboration with îleSoniq – Valhalla Sound Circus and Anjunabeats. A special mention goes out to the final event, a fruitful, sold-out collaboration with Boiler Room. This wide-ranging day featured Joe Claussell (US), the legendary Marcellus Pittman (US) and Toronto’s Korea Town Acid (CA),who were joined by locals Ouri (QC), Project Pablo (QC) and ex-terrestrial (QC).
Sustainable development – eliminating single use plastics
Taking stock of its activities’ impact on the environment, Piknic Électronik made tangible changes to reduce its carbon footprint. This year, Piknic was incredibly proud to have eliminated all single use plastics from its site. In 2014, Piknic replaced plastic cups with reusable, returnable glasses (500,000 reusable glasses since 2014), plastic straws were eliminated last year (250,000 straws saved since 2018), and this year, Piknic replaced plastic water bottles with tetrapak containers. These were only some of the initiatives taken as part of the company’s sustainable development plan.