I’m several hours behind in the news about the Heavy Montreal Festival based on workload so here you go my friends. It’s a bummer for sure.
“HEAVY MONTRÉAL’s 2017 edition will be taking a year off in 2017 in order to return, stronger than ever, on July 28 & 29, 2018 at Parc Jean-Drapeau and on July 27, 2018 with Heavy in the City. While awaiting the return of the festival in July 2018, the Heavy Montréal team will continue to offer Heavy fans a rich lineup of more than a hundred rock and metal shows a year. The festival team is very excited to announce several events in early 2017 that Heavy fans are sure to enjoy!”
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Oh man that is a shame because this was going to be the year that I actually looked into heading into the fray as a member of the esteemed Metal Media. I’ve known some colleagues in the scene who had gone for a few years and they have said its a deluge of Metal happenings that are wonderful to behold and of course it would be super interesting to offer you readers something from out of the normal scope and landscape that we stomp upon. Oh well. Let’s cross our fingers that the 2018 proposed return is actually something that can happen. Lord only knows how much stuff like airfare and travel increase by the month and make adventuring outside of one’s territory a tad more difficult. Still, I am hopeful to attend one of these years in the future if it manages to get the breather that it seemed to need and can return bigger and better. What do you readers think about this festival cancellation for the upcoming new 2017 year? Have you ever been before? If so please chime in down in the comments below with your thoughts about it. I’d love to hear from you. Okay, back to the rest of the usual stuffs.
Last year I started to broadcast the lineup of the Heavy Montreal Festival to keep our readers aware of some awesome events that are going on in other parts of our North American Metal scene. I didn’t get to that festival even though I wanted to but oh well, one cannot be everywhere right? The 2016 edition of this festival recently announced its lineup that will be appearing over the course of its two days and you can check that out on the poster below. I will chime in with additional thoughts afterwards.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: As you can see the events main attractions will be a headlining Five Finger Death Punch on one night and Disturbed on the other. Unless I am mistaken about the main attraction for each night. I’ve seen FFDP on numerous occasions and they truly stir up the masses but I would be most excited to see bands like Nightwish, Mastodon, Ghost, Sabaton, Alter Bridge, Blind Guardian and Carcass the most. If you haven’t seen any of those bands yet please take my nod about them as a recommendation. Right now it’s too early for me to be able to say if I am going or not but I sure would like to this time around. I can never see Nightwish, Ghost or Sabaton and Alter Bridge enough based on past experiences. If I end up there you can be rest assured that a lot of photos will be posted here on the website. So tell me dear readers what do you think of this year’s lineup and are you planning on heading to Montreal for it. More importantly, do you have any room in the car for a travelling music scribe
While I am not going to be able to make the trek up to Montreal for this massive festival event, I did want to start showcasing it for you readers and listing it on the Calendar because for the last couple of years I have learned that numerous groups of our regional Metal Legions have been taking the trip. Take a look at the Official Event Poster. I’ll return with a couple of additional thoughts afterwards.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m sorry for not lining out the bands one by one but I felt that the information was pretty clear in the provided poster. You’ll have to do a little bit of homework about who is playing on what day but I think you can survive that. Now I know I’ve said that I wasn’t able to go already but “Wow” do I wish that was not the case based on so many awesome acts being a part of this festival. A headlining Slipknot, Faith No More and Korn with tons of other notables to speak of. Some real favorites of mine are on this event and I am speaking mostly about Within Temptation, Mastodon, Meshuggah and Lamb of God to focus on my own main interests. That is by no means an insult to the other awesome acts I saw listed. Perhaps next year I will look deeper into this affair and map out a plan with other friends in media. Let’s see what happens when the time arises. Until then, what are your thoughts on this festival? Let me know what you think, especially if you have ever been here before. The comments are open for you to enlighten us.