Outaouais Rock has announced the complete line-up for the eighth edition of the Amnesia Rockfest, now the biggest rock festival in Quebec. The festival will kick off with a series of indoor shows June 10-16 at the Montebello marina in the Outaouais region. Main outdoor festivities take place June 14 and June 15.
Among the headlining bands are the popular Chicago rock group RISE AGAINST, the legendary Californian punk rock bands THE OFFSPRING and SOCIAL DISTORTION, the provocative kings of rock ALICE COOPER and MARILYN MANSON, and the always outstanding alternative metal band DEFTONES. These bands will play alongside the likes of the previously announced RANCID and LAMB OF GOD as well as PENNYWISE (back together with the band’s original signer), DROPKICK MURPHYS, ANTHRAX, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, LAGWAGON, TRANSPLANTS (with Travis Barker of BLINK-182), THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES (playing in Quebec after a 16-year absence), MILLENCOLIN and many others.
In addition to a significant enhancement of the three existing stages, Rockfest will introduce two new “international” stages that will focus on cult favorites and rare bands. Taking to these stages include the reunion of BLACK FLAG, which will play under the name FLAG, BAD BRAINS (after an 18 year absence in Quebec), SCREECHING WEASEL (after a 30-year absence in Quebec) SICK OF IT ALL, BIOHAZARD, DISCHARGE, SUBHUMANS UK, MAD CADDIES and many others.
Rotating with the main stage, the “Québécois” stage will host the pillars of Quebec’s alternative music scene. Several of these now-defunct bands are reuniting solely for the Amnesia Rockfest: GROOVY AARDVARK, MEN O STEEL, ROLLER STARTER, CRYPTOPSY (with the band’s original frontman Lord Worm), GHOULUNATICS, ARSENIQ33, CAPITAINE RÉVOLTE and VULGAR DELI. Also scheduled to reunite are: GRIMSKUNK, MONONC’ SERGE, KATAKLYSM, MATT SMASHERS OF PLANET SMASHERS, OBEY THE BRAVE and a punk karaoke at the end of the night as well as many others.
Finally, the emerging stage will offer the best of local and international bands. Many surprises and secrets await festival attendees. In total, over 150 bands will take to the stages during the event.
It cannot be left unsaid that camping zones and festival grounds will be expanding the week leading up to festival as will indoor show venues (the lineup for indoor shows will be released in the upcoming weeks). There will be numerous activities taking place over the course of the event including rides, a rock and roll museum, a haunted house, buskers and fire spitters to enhance the carnivalesque and festive atmosphere.
Weekend passports are now available exclusively with advanced ticket sales in limited quantity on the Rockfest Facebook page. Tickets for general admission will go on sale Saturday at noon at www.pnrockfest.com, in Amnesia stores and on the Admission network. Passports are available at the affordable price of 79$ + taxes and service fees, which comes out to 0.53$ a band! With the already generated enthusiasm and this year’s solid lineup, the team thinks that for the first time in its history, the festival will be sold out!