Music festivals are generally never associated with cold weather unless they're held inside, but Montreal drums to a different tune when it hosted its 12th edition of Igloofest this past month.
Running from January 18th to February 3rd, the infamous Piknic Electronik crew host weekend parties in the Old Port of Montreal. This year they hosted a slew of artists both Canadian locals and foreign with names such as Bonobo, John Digweed, Sasha, Beatrix, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Joachim Pastor, N'to, Worakls, Low Steppa, Nghtmre, Oliver Heldens, Tokimonsta and many more. Throughout the two weeks, Igloofest opened their doors to the community by hosting Off-Igloofest events where families and friends could enjoy the Igloofest dock grounds during the day and enjoy activities such as Christmas Tree Toss, Tug-Of-War and enjoy delicious poutine!
Their closing weekend, Igloofest harbored legends, John Digweed b2b Sasha on Friday night and the Hungry Music crew on Saturday night. By some unfortunate coincidence, my weekend of choice, Friday, February 2nd was one of the coldest nights at Igloofest. With record lows of - 15 degrees Fahrenheit (-25 C), I had to face a challenge I have never had, which is how do you survive a festival in the freezing cold?! Well, the beloved music fans of Montreal were undeterred and nearly 7,000 people attended John Digweed b2b Sasha's set that night. Everyone donned their favorite ski wear and onesie to combat the chill and then dived deep into the crowd to heat up the dancefloor!
For the briefest of moments, Magnetic Mag had a chance to get some quotes from John Digweed about his experience Friday playing for the amazing crowd that he did with Sasha in the cold weather:
"I enjoyed playing for the crowd and Montreal always has been a great party town. You can play the middle of Summer here or middle of Winter and there is always great energy! It was great playing with Sasha again, we've been playing since the '90s and this was particularly special because it was the first time we played this festival!"
Hungry Music Crew lucked out with the warmer day on Saturday and Joachim Pastor, Worakls and N'to were greeted with a huge crowd of excited winter wanderers. While the crew kept the Sapporo main stage warm, there was a smaller stage hosted by Videotron with local Quebec & Canadian acts. It is always amazing to check out local and regional acts to get a sense of how music diversifies wherever you go. If you wanted to some alternative entertainment, they had a game stage set up with interactive projection to play games (sort of Wii style). If you got particularly cold, there was an indoor area where you could get yourself some hot chocolate, food and of course, hand warmers (which I generously stuffed into my shoes!).
Overall, Igloofest is a unique experience even for the most seasoned of festival attendees and it is with excitement that we look forward to their sister event, Piknic Electronik 2018 series as well as Igloofest 2019! Check out the gallery below to see what you missed at this amazing event!