Photo by Ulysse Lemerise
Feb 6, 2019
Wrapping up an exceptional season
Close to 65,000 brave festivalgoers tackle the cold with a smile
Winter’s made for partying in the great outdoors, something Igloofest® proved once again this year as close to 65,000 unflappable festivalgoers came to dance and celebrate northern living for one of its coldest editions in history. With two sold out events alongside Diplo and Above & Beyond, and magical nights with Polo & Pan, Four Tet, Gramatik and Maceo Plex to name just a few, this 13th edition of Igloofest, which took place from January 17th to February 2nd, was one of the best yet. And with the renewed success of the Off-Igloo day and a newly designed site met with unanimous praise, we can safely say, now more than ever, winter at Igloofest is where it’s at.
Celebrating music and northern living with guests from around the world
The coldest music festival in the world was well deserving of the title this year as it just wrapped up one of its chilliest editions yet. And once again, this celebration of northern living won the hearts of visitors coming from far beyond Quebec’s borders. A quick look around the site revealed Canadians from St-John’s, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, alongside Australians, Brazilians, Chileans, Egyptians, Russians, visitors from China and many more brave, smiling souls, who came along with a few friends or in organized groups like the ones we welcomed from the US, France and Belgium.
Without hesitation, festivalgoers took on the challenge to experience epic moments, like the incredible night of January 19th, the coldest ever at Igloofest with a temperature of -31 degrees with wind chill, where over 4000 people danced the night away to perfectly-selected sets by the UK’s Four Tet and Brooklyn’s Volvox.
Enthusiasm was sky high and this 13th edition started off with a bang, as a week before opening, two nights were already sold out, with over 10,000 dancers per night partying to the sounds of Diplo (US) and Above & Beyond (UK). In total, 52 artists and groups came to share the best of today’s local and global electronic music. Enraptured by the new immersive stage design at the Sapporo and Videotron stages and in perfect harmony with the artists and crowds, each festivalgoer will treasure their own special memories, but all will agree that this edition’s programming was one of the best ever.
Unanimous praise for the Off-Igloo day and redesigned Igloofest site
Nearly 3,300 people of all ages joined the second edition of the Off-Igloo day, a special free event for families and future festivalgoers who want to discover the magic of Igloofest. By opening the site and even the backstage areas during daytime, Igloofest invited one and all to explore, play, and above all: dance.
Igloofest’s success as a can’t-miss winter event in Quebec and as a beacon of Montreal culture globally is all thanks to the unique experience that all festivalgoers share, from the musical programming to the fun-filled site and the singular vibe.
Thank you to our amazing partners, both new and old.
This one-of-a-kind event beloved by tens of thousands of visitors just wouldn’t be possible without the sustained support of our gold partners, starting with The Old Port of Montreal with whom this project came to life in 2007. A huge thank you to event presenter Sapporo; official collaborators Videotron and Solotech; weekend presenters National Bank and V; sponsors SAQ, Popppers, Casino de Montreal, Red Bull, Jack Daniel’s and STM; public partners Tourism Montreal, SDC du Vieux-Montréal, and the Government of Quebec; suppliers Conterm, Distraction, ESKA natural spring water, KANUK, Landr, Lozeau, MEGA, Pur FX, romeo’s gin, Simplex tool rentals, Square, Stageline, Vendini, and Zone Festival; media partners MusiquePlus, Urbania, Météo Média, Voir, Publicité Sauvage, Newad, UB Media, exclaim.ca and Vice; our tourism partners William Gray – the official artist hotel, Hotel Monville, Hotel Zero 1, W Montreal, Hi-Montreal Youth Hostel, Via Rail, Happening Gourmand, and Mtl Zipline. Finally, Igloofest would like to thank close to 65,000 festivalgoers as well as the 605 members of its incredible team, who all contributed to the magic of this superb edition.
Enjoy the beautiful winter days, they’re already getting longer, and get ready for our next get-together, March 23rd in Charlevoix for Igloofest at Le Massif!