For the past eight years, Heavy Montréal has been one of the premiere festivals for heavy music. Those looking to raise the horns in 2017, however, will have to put those plans on hold.
Due to other cultural events scheduled in the city for Montréal’s 375th anniversary, along with some renovations taking place at the festival’s venue, Parc Jean-Drapeau, it was announced this week that there will not be a Heavy Montréal in 2017. The tradition will resume on July 27 and 28, 2018, along with “Heavy In The City” on July 27, 2018.
Evenko, the event’s promoter released the following press release:
During the past eight editions of Heavy Montréal, we always focused on the quality of the experience in order to give metal and rock fans a first-rate festival,” said Nick Farkas, Vice-President, Concerts and Events at evenko. “Several factors, including the renovations at Parc Jean-Drapeau and the increase in cultural events during Montréal’s 375th Anniversary, contributed to our decision. We truly believe that a hiatus in 2017 before strongly returning in 2018 will ensure the festival’s sustainability as well as offer festivalgoers an edition that will make them proud.
Those who were looking forward to visiting Parc Jean-Drapeau next summer for heavy music can at least look forward to Guns N’ Roses playing there on August 19. Until then, hold your breath until 2018. NYS Music was at the 2016 Heavy Montréal. You can check out the story and gallery here. Be sure to check out www.heavymontreal.com and NYS Music for updates.