Igloofest: Onwards towards the festival’s 15th anniversary


Onwards towards the festival’s 15th anniversary!

Last Saturday, Igloofest wrapped up its 14th edition. The leading light of Montreal’s winter season, Igloofest’s diverse activities welcomed over 82,000 people this year. At Jacques-Cartier Pier in Montreal’s Old Port, from January 16th through February 8th, the world’s coolest music festival offered up 12 crazy nights – including 3 sold out events – that had Montreal buzzing to the sounds of today’s freshest local and international electronic music artists, plus a successful foray into Hip Hop, a free family day, and 16 official after-hours events. Yes, Igloofest truly had the city moving and shaking for an entire month!

Three sold out evenings

This year, over 90 artists had Jacques-Cartier Pier dancing to best in local and international electronic music, from January 16th through February 8th. Among this season’s most striking events were 3 sold out evenings, starting with Australian trio Rüfüs Du Sol on January 31st, followed by Kaytranada on February 1st, who returned to Igloofest for an exceptional set, 2 years after he beat the festival’s opening night attendance record. Finally, on February 7th, the more intimate Boiler Room event featuring Ellen Alien was another sold out evening.

Also of note, this year Igloofest expanded into the world of Hip Hop with an OFF-IGLOO event on January 30th, welcoming Rap Keb artists LoudWhite-B and Charlie Schulz to the Sapporo stage. Finally, we can’t forget the success of the Igloofête event on January 25th, which welcomed nearly 3000 people for a day of family-friendly fun at the Igloofest site.

A look back at this 14th edition’s programming

Igloofest’s 14th edition didn’t hold anything back. On two wonderful stages, the Sapporo stage and the more intimate Vidéotron stage, it was one memorable performance after another, from an emotional opening night orchestrated by French duo The Blaze, to the ethereal melodies of Anjunabeats’ artists, to the final Montreal appearance of Drum n Bass legends Noisia, to the crazy sounds of the young I_o, to the mysterious Vladimir Cauchemard. We also can’t forget Jeremy Olander’s delicate techno, Sentimental Rave’s harder edged techno sounds, Nina Kraviz’ world famous dance moves, and Montreal prodigy Kaytranada’s unmistakable vibes. Of course, the true stars of the season have to be the sudden snowfall during the highly anticipated Rüfüs Du Sol’s performance, the one and only Danny Daze and the Queen Berlin’s nightlife Ellen Allien for Boiler Roomand finally the incredible Charlotte de Witte who had us going all out for the festival’s final evening!

Also worth noting: the always popular, 16 official after-hours events which took place across numerous venues (Newspeak, Velvet, New City Gas) which had the whole city bouncing to the Igloofest beat, with 7500 attendees dancing late into the night.

A uniquely fun-filled Igloofest site

Seeking to deliver an out-of-this-world, immersive experience for all festival attendees, the Igloofest team re-imagines its Jacques-Cartier site annually. This year was a particularly fun one, with countless festival-goers showing their appreciation for the Saporro Iglooslide and other collaborations between the festival and its partners, including the Consignaction Bean Bags, the Banque Nationale ArcadeVidéotron’s Marshmallows, the STM StationPoppers’ famous Iglooswag and much more. It all contributed to an absolutely amazing 14th season!

With smiles on their faces, the Igloofest team is already getting ready for next year’s 15th Anniversary edition, starting January 15th 2021!

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