POP Montreal announces initial 2016 lineup


AWAKE FOR REAL. POP Montreal returns this fall. The legends are coming back, along with the weirdos, the influencers, the icons and the groundbreakers. Here is a taste:

French composer and synth funk genius Wally Badarou, who collaborated with everyone from Grace Jones to Jimmy Cliff and the Talking Heads; the enchanting singer-songwriter Angel Olsen; the truly iconic filmmaker and author John Waters; as well as Miami Bass gods 69 Boyz, who will be sharing a bill with next level Jersey club kween, Uniiqu3.

POP will also feature the enigmatic psychedelic pop-smith Michael Angelo; the groundbreaking experimental punk band Psychic TV, led by Genesis P-Orridge, who will also give a one-off talk during the POP Symposium; Domino Recording artists The Kills, and maybe our new favourite new pop band, Diet Cig.

Other highlights include the Canadian Premiere of Colin Stetson’s Sorrow, a reimagining of Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 with an 11-piece orchestra; New Brunswick darlings Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire; local favourites Groenland; and the multi-talented Seth Bogart, who will grace us with new music and showcase his sharp artistic mind and recent ceramic sculptures in an exclusive, multimedia, site-specific installation as part of this year’s Art POP.

It’s the best party and the best time. It’s the best festival.

2016 POP Montreal Artists
69 Boyz – Acid Priest – Allah-Las – American Lips – Angel Olsen – Colin Stetson – Craig Cardiff – D.R.A.M – Diana – Diet Cig – Groenland – Holy Fuck – Ibrahim Maalouf – Jerusalem In My Heart – John Waters – The Kills – Les Hôtesses D’Hilaire – Michael Angelo – Mourn – Nicole Dollanganger – Psychic TV – Seth Bogart – Sonic Avenues – Steve Adamyk Band – Uniiqu3 – Wally Badarou – Wolves in the Throne Room

+450 MORE!!

But before seeing everyone in September, POP planned a special treat for its friends across the pond. The first ever POP Off Europe will head to England and Germany for a 7 date tour later this month, featuring Montreal’s own Foxtrott, Wake Island and L.A. FOSTER. POP will hit up Focus Wales, The Great Escape, Torstraßen Festival and will also stop by Liverpool Sound City for a second year in row, where Wake Island and Liverpool songstress Feral Love will premiere a special collaboration to be performed exclusively for the Liverpudlian audience! People everywhere will be invited to tune into POP Montreal’s periscope broadcasts to stay up to date and check all that out.

POP Off Europe
May 13th: Wrexham @The UndegUn (Focus Wales) *
May 17th: London @The Water Rats (Canadian Blast Showcase) *
May 20th: Brighton @The Green Door (The Great Escape) *
May 25th: London @ Queen of Hoxton *^
May 29th: Liverpool @ Cargo Stage (Liverpool Sound City) *^
May 31st: Manchester @The Soup Kitchen *^
June 3rd: Berlin @Acud ( “The Night Before” Torstraßen Festival) *
* with Wake Island and L.A.FOSTER
^ with Foxtrott