Parc Jean-Drapeau is about to get real loud for a couple of days.
The city’s heavy music festival, appropriately named Heavy Montreal (formerly Heavy MTL), is headed back towards the man-made island at the end of July.
- Montreal implements sound limit for noise at Parc Jean-Drapeau
- A First Peoples' Festival is taking over the Quartier des Spectacles next month
- The Olympic Stadium is hosting a huge 'adrenaline festival' from August 16 to 18
- Dîner en Blanc returns to a secret location in Montreal this summer
“Heavy Montreal is the North American destination of choice for hard rock and heavy metal music lovers,” reads the event’s website. “Since the first edition in 2008, Heavy Montreal has welcomed nearly 400,000 fans and presented bands such as Metallica, Faith No More, Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe, Slayer, Slipknot, Anthrax, System of a Down, Mastodon, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Megadeth, Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, and many more to Montreal.”
The ninth edition of the fest (with a couple of hiatuses in between) boasts a pretty stellar lineup, headlined by Slayer’s last-ever show in Quebec, Ghost’s only North American summer concert in 2019, Godsmack, and Evanescence.
An hour-to-hour schedule, including different stage locations, is available online.
The festival site includes bar kiosks and four giant restaurant terraces at the YUL EAT Gardens. Local spots include Foodchain, Street Monkeys, Agrikol, and Grumman ’78.
Festival passes range from $95 for a general admission one-day pass to $320 for a weekend “Gold Pass.”
Here’s a preview of a past edition of the fest, just to give you a glimpse as to how heavy Parc Jean-Drapeau really gets.
Festival officials want to remind would-be Heavy Montreal goers that the two-day event goes on rain or shine.
When: July 27 – 28
Time: Doors open at 12 pm, shows go from 1 pm – 11 pm
Where: Parc Jean-Drapeau
Price: $95 – $320, available online