Capital region metal heads, are you looking for a music festival shot in the arm after the experience of this year’s Rock ‘N Derby event in the Albany area? Make the short drive across the border for Heavy Montreal in August.
Heavy Montreal’s eighth annual festival has returned to it’s 2-day format, and will once again take place at the Parc Jean-Drapeau, on the island of Ile Ste-Helene on Aug. 6-7. Like in previous years, horn raisers will see another jam-packed mega lineup that’s sure to satisfy a variety of fans with many different styles of rock scheduled during the event.
Heavy Montreal’s huge lineup of performers will grace five different stages throughout the venue. Metal heads will see some of today’s best in the genre. Saturday’s lineup includes Five Finger Death Punch as the headliner along with Nightwish, Mastodon, Black Label Society, Sebastian Bach and Trivium. Sunday’s lineup is headlined by Disturbed, with a supporting cast of Volbeat, Breaking Benjamin, Killswitch Engage, Alter Bridge and many more. Over 30 bands in all will perform throughout the weekend. Unfortunately, Ghost will not make the festival as originally planned due to scheduling conflicts.
Doors open each day at 11:30am, with performances starting at 12:30 p.m. and ending at 11:00 p.m.
Two bands on the bill, Disturbed and Mastodon, both took part in the inaugural Heavy Montreal in 2008. If you want to get technical, Adam Gontier was also a part of the first ever festival when he fronted Three Days Grace. He returns this year with his new band, the supergroup Saint Asonia.
Disturbed and Five Finger Death Punch have headlined, or are in line to headline almost every rock music festival in 2016. Five Finger Death Punch recently headlined a festival in New York, the first ever Rock ‘N Derby, in Schaghticoke, on May 20.
This year marks Disturbed’s third time playing the festival and Five Finger Death Punch’s first time. Disturbed front man David Draiman, has also appeared at the festival in 2013 with his side project Device.
Albany area fans who want to make the trip can head up I-87N, and about three and half to four hours later, you’re there. Fans can also take I-89N, but add about another hour and over 20 miles.