Igloofest is in full throttle this weekend in Montreal. Each year the outdoor music festival features some of the finest local and international DJs gathering thousands of electronic music lovers to the beautiful Old Port of Montreal in the dead of Canada’s freezing cold winter!
The tradition started in 2007 and since then, the event brings in more than 66,000 attendees during three sub-zero weekends in January. You’ve never seen anything quite like this before: we’re talking an icy décor complete with ice sculptures, igloos, fire pits, marshmallow roasting, spiked hot chocolate and even a competition for the ugliest, most fluorescent snowsuit. And not forgetting Quebec’s famous dish poutine.
i-D online checked out weekend one and there’s no way to describe the intense feeling of spending a Saturday night in a crazy sub-zero outdoor electronic dance party. Among thousands of dancers, cold is the last thing you feel on that snowy dance floor! It only took 15 minutes to work up a sweat under the snowflakes. Did we mention it was -29 degrees Celsius?
The highlights from last weekend (12th-14th) were Montreal’s own A-Trak, followed by South London’s Mala, then electro-funk by Tanner Ross, house by German brothers Tiefschwarz and a performance by Portuguese project Buraka Som Sistema. The weekend just gone (19th – 21st) featured Montreal’s Tiga, London’s David Kennedy, who, for the Igloofest, appears as Pearson Sound and French producer Sébastien Léger. And next weekend is set to be even bigger than the last with American superstar Diplo, London house phenomenon Maya Jane Coles, Chicago techno hit-maker Green Velvet, Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann. Wrap up.
For the complete DJ line up visit igloofest.ca
Text: Tina Gibbens-Tenneriello