It’s been of a nutty week, so I apologize for missing yesterday’s announcement of the Up + Downtown Music And Art Festival (UP+DT). Though to be fair I wasn’t on the press announcement list for it, either – which I’m a little bummed about, but NMM remains, as ever, a bastion of minuteness in a vast sea of music media. The inaugural run of this festival will run October 12-13 at eight venues throughout downtown Edmonton, including Bohemia, Brixx, The Common, Latitude 53, McDougall Church, Mercer Tavern, Stanley Milner and Yellowhead Brewery. A number of which I have been to before, and they actually make a nice little collection of venues.
Artists already announced are definitely slanted towards local bands, but there are a few touring acts which would definitely be worth checking out, including:
Plants And Animals. From Montreal, who always put on a good show. Pictured.
Whitehorse. Folk act from Hamilton, who I’ve heard great, great things about.
Rae Spoon. You know an act is going to be both special, and innovative, if Weird Canada loves them. And Weird Canada loves Rae Spoon.
Northcote. Another folk act out of Victoria, they were on my list of bands to see at last week’s ill-fated Sled Island festival.
Black and Mastiff and Shooting Guns, a couple of local psych-rock bands. And if there was any local genre that I’d want to play bass for, it would be a psych-rock act. And I’ve got just the pedal to do it (and I’m hoping to further upgrade my fuzziness in the next few months too).
Other local acts include Wet Secrets, Jeff Stuart And the Hearts, Nik 7 + Jaycie Jayce, Fire Next Time, Betrayers, Krang, Nek Trio, Allovers, Physical Copies, and Lad Mags.
And let’s not forget Waster from Winnipeg.
Early-bird weekend passes can be had for $75; they’ll move to $80 at some point. Available through our very good friends over at yeglive.ca starting June 29th.