Hot Plains Music Festival is a multi-venue event that will kick off for a second year on May long weekend (May 16th to 18th) with nearly twice as many bands as last year’s sold out festival. This event is a celebration of local music.

Hot-Plains-m2The lineup includes a slew of resurrections from Edmonton bands’ past: punk rockers, the Cleats (featuring Nik 7 of Shout Out Out Out Out); singing energetic teenage punk anthems, the Dance Floor Disasters (featuring Ben Disaster and Clint Frazier of Shout Out Out Out Out ); lo-fi rock and rollers, Slow Fresh Oil (featuring Lyle Bell of The Wet Secrets/Shout Out Out Out Out); and the classic punk rock group Hippychick (featuring Rich Bomber of Mad Bomber Society and Liam Copeland of Old Wives).  The Secretaries (featuring Coleen Brown and Amy Van Kekeen) are reuniting, but their performance will be more of a kick off than a reunion, as they are going to continue making music together after Hot Plains.

Nostalgia has been in the air as of late. Bringing bands back together is part of what makes Hot Plains so special. “Edmonton bands to have a tendency to break up, instead of taking a break. Maybe that is the same everywhere? Edmonton doesn’t have as many bands as, say, Calgary where I can think of several storied bands that have stuck it out past a decade,” explains festival organizer Aaron Getz. “Also there is a hope to bring back some people who may have drifted away from the live music scene.”

Many bands playing the festival are also celebrating album releases and include: Arrowz, Bombchan, and The Archaics. A new 7” record from The Secretaries will also be available. “It was recorded by Nik Kozub. That 7″ will also be the first release on Hot Plains Records: collaboration between myself and Chris Zuk,” notes Getz.

Hot-Plains-m3Over 35 acts will play throughout the weekend. Non-Edmonton bands include: The Mants (Victoria), Shooting Guns (Saskatoon), Forbidden Dimension (Calgary) and Napalmpom (Calgary).

There will also be sets from: Marlaena Moore, Diamond Mind, The Betrayers, The Lad Mags, The Renny Wilson Punk Explosion, Michael Rault, Black Thunder, Skin, Gary Debussy, The Fuzz Kings, Camembert, Switches, Jom Comyn, The Allovers Smokey + The Feelings, Dirty Dudes, Power Buddies, Service: Fair, The Knifes, The Fortrelles, DJ sets from The Mod Club and Tighten Up and more!

Venues include: Wunderbar, Empress Ale House, Black Dog, Pawn Shop and The Buckingham.

Wristbands ($50 and gets you 20 per cent off the menu at the Buckingham) and individual tickets ($15 evening, and $10 day, $5 dance party) are available at Black Blackbyrd Myoozik.

Individual tickets to the Pawn Shop events are also available in store or online with YEG Live.

Hot Plains Music Festival runs from May 16 to 18 at various venues in Edmonton. For more information:

By Jenna Lee Williams

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