The 411 on 2014’s heavy festivals

Get primed for the major punk & metal fests this spring and summer.

Osheaga wasn’t the only festival to announce its line-up this week. Both Montreal’s Pouzza Festival and Montebello’s Rockfest revealed which bands would be playing to their crowds in 2014. Here’s what they — and this summer’s Heavy Montreal — have got going on:


What: A punk rock festival founded by Hugo Mudie, former frontman of the Sainte Catherines and Yesterday’s Ring, currently fronting Hugo Mudie & the Miracles. This is the festival’s fourth edition.

When: May 16-18

The Front Bottoms
The Front Bottoms

Where: Foufounes Electriques, Cabaret Underworld, Katacombes, St-Ciboire, Théâtre Ste-Catherine, Frites Alors, Piranha Bar, Café Chaos

Who: The Hold Steady, Mad Caddies, Reagan Youth, SNFU, Chixdiggit, Dillinger Four, the Front Bottoms, Dayglo Abortions, Discord of a Forgotten Sketch, the Fundamentals, CJ Ramone, the Brains, Vulgar Deli, the Flatliners, the Menzingers, the So So Glos, Tim Barry, the Lillingtons, Two Cow Garage, Laura Stevenson, the Vic Ruggiero, Russ Rankin, Enabler, 7 Seconds, Deals Gone Bad, Morning Glory, Drag the River, Mustard Plug, Christie Front Drive, the Turbo ACs, Junior Battles, Night Birds, the Holy Mess and more! Go to Pouzza’s website for the full line-up and schedule.

How much? Early-bird three-day pass $80, regular three-day pass $100, day passes $40

Amnesia Rockfest

What: A small-town outdoor punk & metal festival, now in its ninth year. Last year’s edition didn’t go so well, to put it mildly, but hopefully the organizers have learned from their mistakes.

When: June 20-21

Five Finger Death Punch
Five Finger Death Punch

Where: Marina in Montebello, QC

Who: Blink-182, Mötley Crüe, Weezer, Alice in Chains, Megadeth, Billy Talent, Primus, Five Finger Death Punch, NOFX, Cypress Hill, A Day to Remember, Danzig with Doyle, Mastodon, the Used, Lagwagon, the Gaslight Anthem, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Bigwig, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Face to Face, Anti-Flag, Strung Out, Cock Sparrer, Fear, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Suicidal Tendencies, Misfits, 88 Fingers Louie, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Raised Fist, Brand New, Meshuggah, Taking Back Sunday, Venom, Cradle of Filth, Cannibal Corpse, Despised Icon, Reverend Horton Heat, August Burns Red, Henry Rollins, Fishbone, MXPX, Guttermouth, Alkaline Trio, the Vandals, Newfound Glory, Reset, the Casualties, No Use for a Name tribute band, Gob, Rocket From the Crypt, Belvedere, Grimskunk, Cigar, the Sainte Catherines, the Planet Smashers, Mononc Serge & Anonymous, Exterio, Between the Buried and Me, Dying Fetus, Anonymus with Marco Calliari, B.A.R.F., Negative Approach, Asexuals, Dance Laury Dance, Slaves on Dope & more (check their website for the complete line-up plus accommodation details)

How much? Regular weekend pass $129.13, VIP weekend pass (reserved seating) $184.13, VIP weekend pass (front stage zone)  $214.13

Heavy Montréal

What: Two-day metal fest on Ile Ste-Hélène, presented by Evenko, the people behind Osheaga. This year they rebranded, ditching the original name, Heavy MTL.

When: Aug. 9-10, with at least one additional show happening in the city on Aug. 8 (details TBC)


Where: Parc Jean-Drapeau

Who: Metallica, Slayer, Lamb of God, the Offspring, Anthrax, Bad Religion, Three Days Grace, D.R.I., the Dropkick Murphys, Epica, Apocalyptica, Pennywise, Exodus, Alestorm, Hatebreed, Body Count, Symphony X, Municipal Waste, Overkill, Grimskunk, Whitechapel, We Came as Romans, Fucked Up, Protest the Hero, Monster Truck, Unearth, Madball, Cynic, Mass Hysteria, Stick to Your Guns, Bat Sabbath, Nekrogoblikon, Truckfighters, Beheading of a King, Nepentes, Biblical, Sworn In, Gideon, Heavy Mania & more TBC (check their website for updates)

How much? $175 weekend general admission, $500 weekend gold pass

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