[Event Review] Igloofest #8: ZEDS DEAD, EPROM / VNSSA
It's Throwback Thursday! In the spirit of taking a trip down memory lane, we wanted to take a moment to share one of the events that marked us the most, so far, this year. On Friday, February 7, 2020, we had the opportunity to cover Igloofest #8: Zeds Dead, EPROM / VNSSA. It was one of the coldest days of the winter - we instantly regretted not wearing gloves. The snow was an instant reminder that Canada's winter was in full effect. Unlike our friend, we thought we could tough out not wearing the proper snow gear to an event known for its below zero temperatures. Boy, were we wrong. Our +1 even took things one step further by sporting our official The Flag Gang hockey jersey. His outfit was a crowd favourite throughout the night (check it out below)! Igloofest is known for engaging with their participants. The organizers, once again, launched an official #IGLOOSWAG contest, presented by Poppers. Their team set up a photo booth on-site for partygoers to show off their style, energy, and most importantly, the weekend's designated theme.
With a Sapporo beer in hand to show our support of one of the proud partners, we began to explore the stunning festival grounds. The Jacques-Cartier Quay in the Old Port of Montreal was completely transformed into a raver's winter wonderland. The photo-ready Ferris wheel, the captivating production, the stunning view of the St. Lawrence River, ...you name it, the venue will satisfy even the toughest of critics. Transportation wise, the location is easily accessible by metro and by the city's bus, guaranteed to kickoff your night on the right foot. The wide-range of activities expertly disperse on-site were a nice added touch. The Iglooglisse (a slide) was an undeniable hit, offering an incredible view of the venue, for all to enjoy.
As we continued to explore, we came across the various merchandise booths. The Igloofest merch is next level, offering colourful tuques, scarves and headbands - a unique keepsake to look back on. It's not too late to get your hands on your own swag, follow this link to purchase your own! Unfortunately, the highly sought-after Igloofest hockey jerseys are no longer for sale. For this year's edition, anyway. Fans saw some of their favourite artists wearing their custom-made jerseys in some of this year's performances. We look forward to seeing how Igloofest's team tops this year's various designs - they keep getting better and better! Multiple food vendors were also on-site. The BeaverTails seemed to be a crowd favourite, reinforcing the Canadian spirit!
Igloofest is well-known for offering a wide-range of artists, specializing in a vast variety of genres. We have to admit, this year's killer lineup made it hard to choose only a few events to attend. Having the opportunity to cover a bass-heavy event, such as this one, was a blessing as we've eagerly been waiting to see VNSSA in action. We had heard nothing but good things about the Newport Beach native who now calls Los Angeles her home. We got a feel of her style through her multiple SoundCloud mixes, ones we've had on repeat for months at a time. Trust us when we say, her set did not disappoint! She dropped one of our all-time favourite tracks 'What I Want', the crowd shared in our enthusiasm, cheering and dancing - it was a complete vibe! We look forward to her official releases of the endless IDs she unleashed to the ecstatic crowd that night.
Despite Zeds Dead headlining and closing off the event, we found ourselves bouncing from stage to stage to soak up all that the event had to offer. Most would have stayed to witnessed the Canadian duo's epic set, but we couldn't contain our sheer sense of adventure. Montreal always offers a one of a kind atmosphere, from the friendly partygoers to the truly outstanding production. This edition of Igloofest was one that we will forever hold close to our hearts. Perhaps it was because everyone was still feeling warm and fuzzy from over the holidays. Regardless of the reason, we're beyond thrilled that we were able to be part of such an epic fest'! Thank you to Igloofest's hardworking team and to everyone who made that night one to remember! We'll be counting down until next year's edition set to take place from January 14, 2021, through February 6, 2021, in a redesigned location. More to come!
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