The Outaouais Rock team is proud to announce the complete lineup for the 9th edition of Amnesia Rockfest, the largest rock festival in Canada, to be held on June 20-21 at the Montebello marina in the Outaouais. Approximately 150 bands in all will hit the festival’s stages.
THE LINEUP – Headliners will include the very popular California punk-rock band Blink-182, who will leave the studio for a rare concert this year to close out the first night. Iconic rock ’n roll band Mötley Crüe will headline the second night a week before kicking off their Final Tour.
Also performing will be the alternative band Weezer, grunge band Alice In Chains, metal pioneers Megadeth, Canadian rock/punk band Billy Talent and the inimitable Primus. Among the other bands on hand will be NOFX, as well as Five Finger Death Punch, Cypress Hill, A Day To Remember, Danzig with Doyle, Mastodon, The Used, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Joan Jett, Reverend Horton Heat,Fishbone and many more.
As always, punk-rock will be featured: Lagwagon, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes,Streetlight Manifesto, Bigwig (reunion), Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, Face To Face,Strung Out, Anti-Flag, 88 Fingers Louie (reunion), MXPX, The Vandals,Guttermouth, Alkaline Trio, New Found Glory, The Casualties and many others. Several punk and hardcore legends will add to the mix, including Cock Sparrer, Black Flag and Fear, none of whom have appeared in Quebec for over 20 years. Groups such as Misfits, Dead Kennedys, Henry Rollins and Suicidal Tendencies will also be appearing.
Rockfest will also introduce a new international stage focusing on metal. Bands will include Venom (after not appearing in Quebec for over 20 years), Meshuggah, Cradle Of Filth, Cannibal Corpse and August Burns Red.
In rotation with the main stage, the Quebec stage will present the pillars of the Quebec alternative scene. Several defunct groups will reunite for one show at Amnesia Rockfest: Despised Icon (exclusive Canadian reunion), Mononc’ Serge & Anonymus(exclusive reunion), Reset (original band with Pierre Bouvier and Chuck Comeau of Simple Plan; exclusive reunion), The Sainte Catherines (exclusive reunion), Exterio(exclusive reunion), Obliveon (exclusive reunion), Anonymus (original band with Marco Calliari) and Fifty Nutz. Along with these reunions, bands such as Grimskunk, The Planet Smashers and many more will also be performing.
Finally, several emerging artists will open the various stages in order to gain maximum visibility and each of them will receive a fee. At the end of the evening on Friday, the original Punk Rock Karaoke will provide an opportunity for festival-goers to sing their favourite songs on stage with members of NOFX and Bad Religion. At the end of the evening on Saturday, there will be a tribute to No Use For A Name; it should be noted that the last time the band performed with Tony Sly before he died was at Rockfest 2012. Several surprises and secret performances are also in store for festival-goers.
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE SITE, HOSTING AND LOGISTICS – Changes made by management to the festival this year include the expansion of the festival site and the camping areas, as well as indoor evening showcases (the lineup will be unveiled in the coming weeks). Several activities will also be added to the usual festivities, including rides, a rock n’ roll museum and a haunted house. Street entertainers and fire-eaters will help boost the carnival-like and festive atmosphere.
The Festival d’été de Québec, through its sister company 3E évènement-expérience-émotion (event-experience-emotion), will be in charge of production and logistics for the 9th edition of Rockfest. Other partners include P. Miron Consultants, specialized in field logistics and Orkestra, a Gatineau agency that will be in charge of managing the festival’s peripheral activities
TICKETS – Tickets are now on sale at www.amnesiarockfest.com and soon at all Amnesia stores. Once again, the festival is offering passports at a very affordable price: $99 + fees and taxes, which works out to $0.66 per group! With the enthusiasm generated so far and such a solid lineup, the team is confident that the festival will sell out for the 2ndstraight year.
Please note that VIP packages are available. Finally, bus packages from Montreal, Quebec City and other cities will also be available soon.
Founded in 2005 by a 17 year-old kid from Montebello who wanted to transform his small village into a rock paradise, Amnesia Rockfest is now the biggest rock music festival in Canada. Known for its impressive lineup, affordable tickets, party vibe and pristine location along the Ottawa River, Rockfest generated over $10,000,000 in economic spin-offs last year. www.amnesiarockfest.com
ABOUT AMNESIA – Amnesia is a Quebec retailer that specializes in selling clothes, shoes and accessories related to urban life, skateboarding, snowboarding and music. www.amnesiashop.com