Amnesia Rockfest is celebrating its 10th year and does not disappoint, with another can’t miss line-up. It all kicks off tonight in Montebello, Québec.
Rockfest has made some remarkable progress since it began in 2005, with unbelievable headliners and remarkable influences. At the beginning, it was just a young music lover’s dream, to bring the big stage to his home town, and founder Alex Martel (17-years-old at the time), has gone above and beyond expectations, with a successful music festival that sells out almost every year.
Amnesia Rockfest is back for another kick ass year in Montebello, Quebec.
Booking headliners like System of a Down, Marylin Manson, Linkin Park, the now Tom Delonge-less Blink 182 before the founding member parted ways with the band, Lamb of God, Alice Cooper, to a recently broader span of non-rock artists, including Snoop Dogg and Cypress Hill are what makes Rockfest what it is.
It’s safe to say that the festival has come a very long way since its francophone days with petite-nation, when it was a single day event with less than ten acts. Going from that, to working with big names like Tim Armstrong of Rancid and The Transplants – who now curates alongside Martel – to create an unfathomable 3-day, jam packed, rock fan’s dream weekend, is something quite spectacular. It has become the highlight of the year for many festival goers and continues to have a line-up that has any attendee forced to make an itinerary and spend their day stage hopping, so that they can catch all of the outstanding acts.
Even since 2011, there has been noticeable progress in the size and popularity.
Not only has it made progress musically, but Martel, once solely a kid with a dream, has brought forth an amazing festival for other music lovers to attend, but he has also brought in something for the people of Montebello to make a little extra cash on and enjoy the experience of at their doorsteps.
While there is camping set up, sold and run by the event, there are also many people who welcome you onto their lawns to camp out and make new friends – right across from the main stages for a fee. Moreover, the convenience store stocks up with more beer than you could imagine fitting into such small stores and is sold out every year by the end of the weekend. That, as well as the local bars, shops and restaurants, profit from this immensely. Martel has given to the music world and to his home town in an extremely admirable way.
It’s is only a week away and is 98 per cent sold out, so get your tickets now and try not to feed the scalpers. You don’t want to end up driving all the way out there, spending forever in the backed up car pile to get into the small town, behind all of the other rowdy music lovers, getting all pumped up, just to be let down by ending up with a fake ticket.
Here’s this year’s again remarkable full line-up.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN
SUBLIME WITH ROME
COHEED AND CAMBRIA
STORY OF THE YEAR
LESS THAN JAKE
THE BOUNCING SOULS
LES COWBOYS FRINGANTS
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
MICHALE GRAVES OF MISFITS
TEN FOOT POLE
STEVE-O OF JACKASS
NO FUN AT ALL
THE PLANET SMASHERS
TRIBUTE TO OPERATION IVY
BIG D AND THE KIDS TABLE
VOODOO GLOW SKULLS
FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES
SICK OF IT ALL
WALLS OF JERICHO
THE SUICIDE MACHINES
THE REAL MCKENZIES
WAR ON WOMEN
SLAVES ON DOPE
GET THE SHOT
TRIBUTE TO RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
Regular Camping –
$65.71/lot, after taxes and fees
The 10 by 15 lots are valid for one tent, with a maximum of four people, from Thursday to Sunday. Each person that camps on the lot needs to have printed the confirmation email. Vehicles and RV’s aren’t allowed on the General Camping grounds, but there is a drop zone.
This year they’ve added an area for RV’s to park and camp as well!
This gets you space for one RV or recreational trailer/trailer-tent, with the vehicle towing it and is valid from Thursday to Sunday. Passes are mailed to you and directions are sent by email.
No glass containers are allowed on the campgrounds and you can’t have any fires. Respecting these rules makes for a smoother and better experience for everyone. Anyone who breaks the rules will be escorted off the campsite.
* Regular Weekend Pass
$177.62 – Includes access to all the outdoor shows, all showcase nights at smaller venues, priority access to the official after party and the secret shows.
* VIP Weekend Pass – Front Stage Zone
$280.33 – Includes access to all the outdoor shows, all showcase nights at smaller venues, priority access to the official after party and secret shows, a spot in the new Front Stage area of the main stage, private bar, restroom and tent with shade.
* VIP Weekend Pass – Guided Tour
$448.58 – Includes access to all the outdoor shows, all showcase nights at smaller venues, priority access to the official after party and secret shows, a spot in the new Front Stage area of the main stage, private bar, restroom and tent with shade. You also get a guided tour of the backstage area, production zones, artist hospitality spaces and more on June 19th or 20th, access to a real restroom during the tour. The package doesn’t include access to dressing rooms, tents or stages, or ensure meet and greets with bands. It’s strictly prohibited to solicit artists, or obstruct the work of any staff. The festival will revoke the privileges and remove anyone who doesn’t follow the rules, without a refund. The exact day (June 19th or 20th) and time of the guided tour is determined a few weeks before the event.
* VIP Weekend Pass – Ultimate Package
$1,101.58 – Includes access to all the outdoor shows, all showcase nights at smaller venues, priority access to the official after party and secret shows, a spot in the new Front Stage area of the main stage, private bar, restroom and tent with shade. You also have acess to the Backstage area to hang out with the team and see what happens behind the scenes and access to the Ultimate VIP Zone to watch some of the shows from the side of the stages. The package doesn’t include access to dressing rooms, tents or stages, or ensure meet and greets with bands. It’s strictly prohibited to solicit artists, or obstruct the work of any staff. The festival will revoke the privileges and remove anyone who doesn’t follow the rules, without a refund. Every artist decides whether or not they allow people on stage, so there are no guarantees.
No matter what ticket you decide to get, or where you decide to camp, it’s a sure thing that this will be a weekend you’ll never forget. Just drink responsibly and enjoy the atmosphere of live music, new friends and great people!
© Lucy Sky, Music Vice
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