Electro and urban sounds under the sun at îleSoniq

Robyn Fadden

Montréal club culture has always been hot, from the days of disco to afterhours extravagance – îleSoniq boosts EDM and hip-hop clubbing to incredible summer festival heights. This year, the festival brings electro stars The Chainsmokers, DJ Snake, Diplo and many more to Montréal's sunny shores.

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Electro park life

Pulling out all the stops for its fifth edition, îleSoniq keeps festival-goers dancing August 10 to 11, among the forests and flowers of Parc Jean-Drapeau on beautiful Île Notre-Dame. On the heels of indie-rock heavyweight weekend Osheaga, ÎleSoniq doesn't miss a beat with over 50 artists on three outdoor stages, from early afternoon to well past sunset, plus interactive games, high-tech art, a mini water park and more activities.

Dance all day

There's a sound for everyone at îleSoniq, whether you're there to dance or simply soak up the good vibes. Among the festival’s high-energy electronic and urban music creators storming the main stage this year, see hot NYC electro-indie-pop duo The Chainsmokers, French producer DJ Snake (known for big-time coproductions with Madonna, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Migos), high-flying British superstar Diplo, multi-platinum Swedish artist Steve Angello (of Swedish House Mafia) plus hip-hop headliner and Drake collaborator French Montana.

British label Anjunabeats takes a whole stage during the festival, featuring Andrew Bayer, Ilan Bluestone, Cosmic Gate and Ferry Corsten. Parisian future house pioneer Tchami shows up with bass heads Kayzo, Ganja, White Night and Herobust. Montréal artists get their due too: don't miss dubstep boundary-pusher Krimer, electro thrash trio Black Tiger Sex Machine and other local faves. And expect high-energy sets from UK hitmaker Joyryde, club icon Paul Oakenfold, "Cash Me Outside Howbow Dah" phenomenon Bhad Bhabie, Californian rapper Lil Xan, bubble-gum trap creator Lil Yachty, Virgin Radio resident Vito V, Los Angeles “dubstep god” 12th Planet, Aussie trap/bass producer GG Magree, underground electro pioneer Green Velvet, sublime melodic house maker Klingande and more artists

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Eat and drink

Let your cravings lead you to flavour town at îleSoniq – all kinds of food kiosks and several of the city’s gourmet level food trucks await on site. Indulge in mouth-watering burgers and classic poutine, sandwiches, made-to-order pizza, sushi and more – or bring a picnic of your own. Quench your thirst with water and specialty soft drinks or beer and spirits (bring two valid pieces of ID to prove you're 18!). Stay hydrated by bringing your own (empty) clear plastic water bottle and filling it at water refill stations. For more info on the site, check out îleSoniq's FAQs.

Sounds of the city

Every summer, îleSoniq throws parties right in the city centre at MURAL Fest and other outdoor locales like Aire Commune. Just before the festival kicks off, îleSoniq presents a weekend teaser with French multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and Counter Records (Ninja Tune) artist FAKEAR and fierce Montréal vocalist, producer and songwriter Odile Myrtil on Thursday, August 9 at Corona Theatre. îleSoniq ends at 11 p.m. each night, but late-night after parties abound at clubs in the city – check out our guide to electronic music in Montréal and get your nightlife on in Montréal. Get ready to rave!

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden, blogger

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

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