Punk’s not dead! ’77 MONTRÉAL celebrated 40 years of punk rock with 8,000 fans

Punk’s not dead! ’77 MONTRÉAL celebrated 40 years of punk rock with 8,000 fans

The first edition of ’77 Montréal, saw 8,000 punk rock fans of all ages rock out at Parc Jean-Drapeau, this past weekend. The Montreal punk scene gathered to enjoy electrifying punk music on two main stages on a gloriously sunny and warm day. Here’s everything that made the inaugural ’77 Montréal an unforgettable festival experience.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS:

X, on their 40th anniversary tour, thrilled fans with their first performance in Montreal since 1983, to the delight of not only their fans but also every band on the bill, who made sure to give them a shout out during their set.

East Bay favourites Rancid ran through nearly two dozen of their anthemic punk tracks, demonstrating yet again why they are one of the most beloved punk bands on the planet.

The festival closed with a joint encore by co-headliners Rancid and Dropkick Murphys. The two veteran punk bands united on stage to perform four cover songs: The Clash’s I Fought the Law, Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues, Ramones’ Cretin Hop, and AC/DC’s TNT. Needless to say, both bands left the stage to an over stimulated crowd, leaving them wanting more.

SPECIAL MENTIONS:

With members now spread out across the country, ’77 Montréal got a taste of Montreal punk history as local legends Genetic Control reunited for a blistering set at the festival.

Reunited Montreal ska royalty, The Kingpins, kept the momentum, getting everyone skanking during their mid afternoon set.

But ’77 Montréal is not all about nostalgia – locals Barrasso and Pale Lips also took to the big stage to showcase the evolving sound of Montreal punk, while contest winners The Barrel Heads tore up the cinema stage, offering up a great snapshot of the future of the Montreal punk scene.

Fans took breaks from the sweaty, dusty mosh pits in the Marché aux Punx to reminisce about punk shows past, whether it was perusing through Greenland and ARCMTL’s impressive vintage poster collections, sifting through rare vinyl, or chilling in the cinema, it was a great place to soak up the communal vibe of the festival.

The punk movement secured its next generation of loyal fans with the many children who tagged along with their parents, earplugs in tow, jumping around to the loud and fast paced music.

Proud of the success of this first edition, ’77 Montréal will be back at Parc Jean-Drapeau in 2018. The exact dates will be confirmed shortly. We are anxious to see our vibrant, enthusiastic fans!

See you next year at ’77 Montreal 2018!

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