NEWS: Try to sleep tonight as HPX 2011 kicks off with a bang tomorrow!

Dear friends, fans and bands,

We've been working on this for 360 days now and I can't believe its finally upon us. Its been hard to sleep the last few nights and the excitement in our office has reached a fevered pitch. This is a friendly email to remind you of a few things and the first of a daily newsletter keeping you informed on what is happening at your festival.

Some things to keep in mind for tomorrow are that you can pick up your wristband, pass, festival merch by visiting our box office at the Citadel Halifax Hotel which opens for business at 11am. This is a festival hub with free shows, meetings, conference activities and a nice place to rest your feet and have a drink during what promises to be a busy week. More details below in point form. If you want to pick up a wristband and haven't yet you can purchase them from our box office and get it slapped onto your wrist right then and there.

Do you like cake? Who doesn't like cake? Did we mention it was FREE cake? Come out to our opening reception at the Citadel Halifax Hotel at 6pm and have some birthday cake with us. Music from DJ James Reid and high fives from all the festival staff and board. All are welcome so please come to kick off the festival with us.

More fun stuff coming tomorrow. For now take a breeze through the info below as it may help answer some questions for you.

Team HPX

Tickets and Passes - VIP Passes have SOLD OUT and there are less than a dozen Priority Passes left so if you were waiting to pick one up I wouldn't wait any longer as they will be gone by the end of the week.  Some of the individual shows have sold out of advanced tickets but that doesn't mean you won't be able to get in.  We only release a small number of advanced tickets (less than 1/5 of venue capacity) leaving LOADS of room for folks who wish to pay cash or show up with your wristband/pass.

Wristbands - We still have wristbands left for you to score a killer deal.  They're only $50 plus tax and ticket fee which gets you into all HPX venues subject to capacity.  Something to keep in mind is that we've increased capacity this year by adding some big venues: Olympic Hall, The New Palace and Reflections Cabaret to name a few not to mention North Street Church, Bus Stop Theatre and the rest of the well loved HPX venues.  Grab a wristband today for the full music experience and see the whole festival.

Picking up your pass/wristband
- You've got your pass purchased now where to pick it up?  Come to the festival HQ at the Citadel Halifax Hotel to pick up your pass/wristband from Oct 18-22 11am - 8pm.  The Citadel Halifax Hotel is located at 1960 Brunswick Street and is our official host hotel.

Capacity and getting into the venues
- People have been asking about getting into the venues and all we say is that if you get to the show for the opening acts you'll usually have no problem getting in.  We're in some BIG rooms this year but expect them all to be full of happy fans as we don't want anyone to be left out in the cold.  Some advice from a pro: Come out early and you'll get more from the experience, show up late for the party and risk being left out.

HPX iPhone App - Download it today from the App Store for free and if you've already downloaded it there is an update to fix a few small bug issues.  Make full use of it and share your HPX festival pics directly, tweet to us and send the link to your pals so they can join the fun with you.

HPX Poster Art Show - Check out the work these amazing local artists have done to make HPX 2011 even better. All posters are available for sale during the festival and are currently on display at the Economy Shoe Shop for those who wish to get a closer look.

Have Questions? - Email, tweet @halifaxpopx, post up on Facebook, call us at 902-482-8176 ext 111 or send us a courier pigeon (they'll know where to go).

Important Links:

Grab a Festival wristbands or pass
Follow us on Twitter - @halifaxpopx
Check out the schedule
Check out the conference
Like us on Facebook
Check out our website for more details
Festival Merch! Its all available from the box office the week of the festival so go HPX in style.


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