KORN, LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON, MESHUGGAH, TESTAMENT and ARCH ENEMY are among the newly confirmed bands for this year's edition of Heavy Montréal, the can't-miss rendezvous of rock and heavy metal lovers, which will be presented in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from August 7 to August 9.
Festival passes for Heavy Montréal 2015 will go on sale on Friday, March 13 at 1 p.m. at HeavyMontreal.com.
There will be a BLABBERMOUTH.NET pre-sale on March 12 from 10 a.m. to March 13 at 10 a.m. at this location. BLABBERMOUTH.NET visitors will be able to access the first tickets on the market worldwide by using the password "BLABBERMOUTH."
Like last year, Gold Weekend Pass holders will have access to the Heavy Montréal terrace, a multi-level platform offering a premium view of the two main stages, with access to private washrooms and exclusive food and beverage stands.
Platinum Weekend Pass holders will have access to the VIP festival lounge located backstage with exclusive food and beverage stands, VIP bathrooms, giant screen with live feed, WiFi, charging stations, DJ afterparty tickets and shuttles to afterparties in town, in addition to the access to the Heavy Montréal terrace.
The Heavy Montréal 2015 billing is shaping up as follows:
FAITH NO MORE
LAMB OF GOD
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
MARKY RAMONE's BLITZKRIEG with ANDREW W.K.
ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
SMALL BROWN BIKE
UPON A BURNING BODY
SLAVES ON DOPE
DIG IT UP
In 2014, Heavy Montréal brought together 75,000 fans of heavy music to Parc Jean-Drapeau. Saturday was sold out with an impressibe lineup, including METALLICA amongst many others. The festival has become a major event in Montreal and the seventh edition is bound to be spectacular.
One of the individuals responsible for the festival is Daniel Glick, director of concerts and events at Evenko, Montreal's leading concert promoter.
"We want to be a bit like the way Europe is in having their festivals large and attracting lots of international fans," he tells writer David Gehlke. "We want to create this big destination festival, and to grow. Now we're three days outdoors, which is really exciting.
"It's tough on the back and the legs after a while. [Laughs] But I think the fans will really appreciate it, and it will create a bigger festival.
"When there's two days, it's one thing, but when there's three, it's like, 'How can I miss that?'
"We're thinking of ways to make our festival more exciting for an international fan.
"If you're going to fly from Germany to Montreal, do you want to go to two days of music, or do you want to go when you can see three?"
As for what's to come in 2015 for the festival, like in previous years, four stages will be available, with first-time sponsors BLABBERMOUTH.NET taking one of the side stages.
"The way we program it — there's the two main stages on the main site," says Glick. "They're side-by-side, and they're equal sizes, so the bands appreciate that. And then there's a pathway to the next stage that holds an area for 6 or 7 thousand people. Also, there's a smaller stage for more developing acts.
"Last year was our first year with the four stages and everything ran smoothly. Some bands are playing against each other for sure, but we make sure a metal band is playing against a punk band so on and so forth. It's important for us to run it the way. Our fans would get upset if there were too many conflicts."
Glick is looking forward to growing the Heavy Montreal brand on both a domestic and international level.
“I look forward to seeing it become a real destination festival," he says. "That's what I'm really excited for. Having METALLICA there last year and having our biggest year yet, I feel this year is the year we can turn a page and create it into something different, or something more, rather. It's going to get the little extra ‘oomph' maybe we didn't have two years ago. I'm excited for that."