Folk Fest and Sonic Boom Announce Lineups

Twenty One Pilots Plays Sonic Boom September 2016

Two of the most popular music festivals in the Edmonton area have announced their lineups this week. Edmonton Folk Music Festival (EFMF), possibly the most renowned festival in the city, announced theirs on June 1, and Sonic Boom announced theirs on May 30.

Folk Fest, which takes place on picturesque Gallagher Park, overlooking the city skyline, will take place this year on August 4th through 7th. This year returnees The Head and the HeartThe Barr Brothers and more will share the stage with first timers PassengerSteep Canyon RangersMary Chapin Carpenter and many more. The full lineup is available on the event page, found here.

Kyle said that he didn't know any EFMF artists this year, but he does have this on his wall....

Kyle said that he didn’t know any EFMF artists this year, but he does have this on his wall….

Tickets go on sale in person on June 4th at Telus Field, where most of the available tickets are sold as a part of a line-up lottery, as well as on Ticketmaster. A 4 day pass starts at $179 for adults, and single days range from $63 on Thursday and Friday, to $73 for Saturday and Sunday. These will sell out quickly, so the festival organizers have also set up a ticket swap board on their website for resales and trades.

Alternative focused Sonic Boom also revealed their lineup this week. Featuring headliners Twenty One Pilots, who should draw a crowd after their sold out show at the Jubilee earlier this year. Along with them, The Lumineers will headline the second day.

Vance Joy will also make his return, as will one of Canada’s hardest working bands, Arkells. Jake Bugg, who was last here as a fantastic opening act for The Black Keys a few years ago will also play one of the two days. His sound, a mix between Dylan and Noel Gallagher, is not to be missed. The full lineup is available on the event page, found here.

Sonic Boom will take place on September 3-4 at Borden Park. Just like last year, the entire area is grass, so it’s one of the more comfortable festival venues in the city. Tickets are on sale soon, and will be available on the festival website. General admission tickets start at $179 plus service charges, and go up to $229 plus service charges for a VIP pass (18+).

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Tyler is a guy who likes beer, going to concerts, and traveling. He’s been to most music venues in Edmonton and has probably seen that band you like. Covering the shows with some blurry iPhone photos (and once in a blue moon a real camera), there may even be the occasional photo to share. Driven by an open mind to music (and usually the smallest research on a band – via a single YouTube play), the goal has been to see as many bands perform live as possible.


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