Hey Rosetta!, PUP, White Lung, and The Barr Brothers are among the initial acts announced for the Halifax Pop Explosion Music Festival's 2016 lineup. Adding to their growing reputation for presenting stellar comedic programming, the festival also welcomes Cameron Esposito as a comedy headliner this year.
As previously announced, Mo Kenney performs with Symphony Nova Scotia during HPX 2016.
Earlybird wristbands for the festival are on sale HERE beginning Friday, May 27, 2016 at 12:00pm AST. This year's Halifax Pop Explosion Music Festival takes place in Halifax, NS from October 19-22, 2016.
"Hey Rosetta! have become one of the most appreciated rock acts in Canada, thanks in large part to their swelling, textured sound. The seven-member band has always stretched beyond typical rock limitations with its decidedly cinematic sound...The band has grown adept at making their swelling choruses much more unpredictable, and that's become part of the fun." - NOW Magazine
"PUP have levels of on-record energy that I’m just not used to hearing in 2016 — from a punk band or from any other sort of band. They play with a rocketing urgency, charging headlong into every chorus with guns blazing. They’re unapologetic disciples of the whole EpiFat sound — the ’90s variation on melodic California pop-punk that briefly conquered the world. And they play it like it’s new, that combination of all-out speed and sugary melody and snot-rocket sarcasm." - Stereogum
"Vancouver’s White Lung has stayed true to one of the most elemental traits of punk: Keep the rhythms relentless, like a boxer working a speed bag. While steady-and-true drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou certainly stays in her lane on the new Paradise (not a dig, mind you), the raspy vocal flourishes from frontwoman Mish Way and the ever-evolving frenetic guitar work of Kenneth William continue to enable White Lung to stretch the seams of punk—without bringing into question the simple integrity of what they’re out to accomplish." - A.V. Club
"On [The Barr Brothers'] delicate, immersive sophomore album, pleasures abound... Sleeping Operator is a mostly mellow affair. A record that prefers to build up intensity before letting it ebb away, doling out flashes of propulsive rhythm in snatches and grasps rather than in the four-on-the-floor anthemic grooves favoured by so many bands these days, Sleeping Operator feels out of time, apart, distinct...What a band, folks." - Exclaim!
"The opening track on Cameron Esposito's new album, Same Sex Symbol, is an accelerating and elegant display of something often in short supply in great comedy: confidence... It's a very good album, raunchy and sharp, insightful and very funny. It includes stories about her embarrassment over wearing an eyepatch for years as a kid, but it also includes plenty of triumphs, as well as the most giddy, elegant, unperturbed and yet merciless trampling of a heckler I have maybe ever heard." - NPR
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