Stage dive into summer at ’77 Montréal

Jamie O'Meara

It was one the parties of the year — for some of us, the party of the year: the inaugural edition of the ’77 Montréal punk rock music festival. Now you can once again slam dance your way into summer with the return of the fest, which this year features more of the biggest and all-time-best bands of the genre.

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Kick out the jams, Pt. 2

Started as an homage on the 40-year anniversary of the spawning of punk rock in 1977, that first edition of ’77 Montréal in 2017 saw bands like The Vandals, X, Dropkick Murphys and Rancid regale the raucous, 8,000-strong crowd. This year, on July 27, the all-ages event returns to Parc Jean-Drapeau — located on the island of Île Notre-Dame just minutes by metro from downtown Montréal — with another stellar lineup of acts. Among those firing up the dance pits will be Venice, California thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies, hardcore heroes Rise Against, punk supergroup cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, pioneering anarcho-punk Steve Ignorant playing classics from his old band Crass, original riot grrrls L7, post-hardcore alt-rockers AFI, Canadian West Coast legends D.O.A., and UK first-wave punk band The Rezillos making their first-ever appearance in Montréal. For the complete festival lineup, please crowd surf here.

Even more punky rockiness onsite

The ’77 site is, indeed, a site to behold with its two alternating main stages and a third more intimate stage in their YUL EAT Brasserie, which is the fest’s premium food and drink garden. There will also be a Marché Aux Punx vendor village featuring a record fair of new, old and rare vinyl, a Montréal classic punk rock concerts poster expo, and the '77 Cinema, held with the very special participation of Don Letts, who first came to prominence as the videographer for The Clash. The cinema will be screening punk rock docs and movies all day.

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And for the mini punk rockers in your life

Last year it was hard not to notice all the young’uns running around, and again this year the ’77 Kids Zone will have a whole host of amenities and activities for you and your little punk rockers to enjoy while on the festival site. They can mosh around in the inflatable mosh pit or get their DIY on making studded bracelets and chokers with provided arts and crafts supplies. The kiddos can also get temporary tattoos and have their hair coloured and shaped into a punk rock hairstyle. There is also a nap zone should a timeout be required, and there will be changing tables, wet naps and healthy snacks to help get the little ones recharged and ready to pogo. And perhaps best of all, children aged 10 and under are admitted to the fest for free (but must be accompanied by an adult).

Get your fill of the other kind of heavy music too

This year marks the return of Heavy Montréal after a one-year hiatus in 2017 and a unique opportunity for fans of both punk and metal to unite under a shared rebel-music banner. To wit, Heavy Montréal (July 28-29) and '77 Montréal — which take place on the same site on the same weekend — are teaming up to offer what they’re calling a Weekend Warrior 3-Day Combo Pass which allows festgoers to attend both events with the possibility of upgrading to the Heavy Gold experience. Details regarding the passes can be found here.

Jamie O’Meara

Jamie O’Meara, blogger

Jamie O’Meara is a writer for The Montreal Gazette, C2 Montréal, Moment Factory and more. He also manages the PR Team at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and is the former Editor-in-Chief of alt-weekly newspaper HOUR Magazine.

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