Kick off festival season with BOMFEST and its must see acts

BOMFEST 2019
June 28 – June 30
Edmonton Expo Centre

by Anuska Sarkar

This Canada Day long weekend, Boodang is kicking off festival season with the return of its outdoor electronic music festival, BOMFEST. With a successful inaugural run in 2018, this year’s BOMFEST is set to take Edmonton’s electronic music scene to the next level. Boasting a lineup of some of the industry’s biggest artists such as Tiesto, Gorgon City and Alpha 9, this year’s show is prepared to be one for the books. 

Featuring two outdoor stages and one indoor stage, this year is about “trying to build a little bit more of an adventure for people,” says organizer Viet Nguyen. “It’s really about creating that adult playground where people can get a taste of different types of music.” 

From house and bass to trance and hardstyle, BOMFEST promises to bring a repertoire of gifted artists from a wide breadth of genres. Some of the must see acts this year include:

Adventure Club

Our Canadian superheroes Adventure Club has been on quite a journey with its Death or Glory tour,  The Montreal-based bass duo made up of Christian Srigley and Leighton James has captivated the hearts of many in Edmonton through its hard-hitting, bass-pumping music, and “lately, [they’ve] been really focused on honing in on a sound that has been and is true to [themselves] and [they’re] excited to showcase it to [their] fans,” says the duo in a press statement.. 

Adventure Club’s sets are a whirlwind of powerful beats and emotional music, that always leaves their fans wanting more. Their set at BOMFEST promises a taste of “New Adventure Club, old Adventure Club. A lot of heavy and a lot of crying.” 

You’re not going to want to miss Adventure Club’s  return to Edmonton on Day 3 of BOMFEST, as the duo plays the coveted sunset set at the festival’s main stage. 

Audiofreq

Sam Gonzales aka Audiofreq

Hardstyle DJ and Producer Sam Gonzales, better known by his alias Audiofreq, brings his genre blending music to Day 3 of BOMFEST. Gonzales is known for breaking the conventions of hardstyle and playing with sounds that he encounters in life. 

“I like to think of myself as a bit of an audio-alchemist: refining and combining different ingredients in search of gold. Being open minded, constantly searching for fresh sounds and influences is what keeps me going,”Gonzales says. 

While, he has been producing bangers for his fans since 2012, his music has transformed to take new shapes as he grows as an artist. 

“I’ve always been open-minded but over the past few years I’ve really embraced the whole 360 degrees genre approach. There’s cool music to be found everywhere, so why fight it?,” Gonzales explains. 

From trap and riddim to psytrance and some drum and bass, fans can expect an assortment of explosive music from his set next weekend. Gonzales will also be playing songs from his recently released Beyond 150 EP to add some “serious adrenaline to the crowd,” he says.

Gorgon City

English electronic duo Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott have been ruling the house music scene for years, but what makes their set at BOMFEST an absolutely must-see is the fact that they will be bringing their live set to Edmonton for the first time. 
The duo’s live sets are rumored to bring an entirely new energy to an already smashing performance—making them an act to remember. Ever since the release of the new record Escape last summer, the duo has been on a whirlwind adventure touring around the world, and we are pumped to have a chance to experience their revamped show firsthand at BOMFEST. The duo plays two sets—one live and one DJ set—on the final day of the festival. This way, there’s really no excuse to not catch them in action.

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