Some of the high profile names confirmed for this yearâs four day event stem from the rock infused Toronto native group Broken Social Scene, to the German experimental tech producer Superpitcher, and finish off with the new-school of old-school hip-hop Peanut Butter Wolf. The festival line-up also includes: local Quebecer Satan Belanger (alias Bruno Tanguay), the Chilean group Panico, the young Parisian producer Jackson, the American ultra sheik duet Adult. and the German electro-pop group Der Plan. In addition to all of the âpayâ events there will be âpay-what-you-canâ 17:00 â 20:00 showcases throughout the festival highlighting up-and-coming local talent. The grand finale will be an event co-hosted by MUTEK, and puts the icing on the cake, as Canadian techno legend Richie Hawtin will slam it down with Marc Houle and Ernesto as part of his DE9: Transitions tour.
The ingenious goal of the MEG affair is to mix a medley of extraordinary artists from diverse international locales whose music is characteristically daring and exploratory. It is this inspired goal that solidifies the MEG festival as a unique hub of cultural exchange, and ensures that it will draw both the musically inquisitive and melodically cultured masses.
Links to the artists performing at this exceptional festival can be found on the MEG Montreal homepage (www.megmontreal.com); in case you are interested in checking out a little bit more about each band performing over the course of the event, so as to best direct your focus of attendance to upcoming artists most in touch with a style of your own. The venues hosting this yearâs MEG Montreal festival, Metropolis, Club Savoy Du Metropolis, Station C and Societe Des Arts Technologiques (SAT), are all in close proximity to one another; so as to enable individuals with a festival pass to transfer between venues with ease. As the MEG festival has become one of Quebecâs most highly acclaimed and anticipated festivals of the year it is important, if you desire to ensure your entry, that you purchase your tickets early!
Review by Melissa Burton