BY PETER SWART
One of Canada’s most highly anticipated music events, the Ever After Music Festival, is taking place in Kitchener June 8 to 10 at Bingemans, with Canadian EDM heavy-hitter Excision headlining the jam-packed lineup.
The three-day extravaganza will also feature performances from Claude VonStroke, Flux Pavilion, Doctor P, Illenium and many more.
Marking the unofficial kick-off to summer, Ever After Music Festival officials say the event is the ultimate escape from the daily hustle and concrete jungle, adding festival-goers will be transported to a utopian fairytale-themed paradise. A press release states, “The Ever After experience is unlike any other, where festival-goers can expect theatrical performers, theme-inspired dancers, state-of-the-art stage productions, exclusive VIP lounges as well as a waterpark, midway, games and variety of vendors. Combining stunning visuals and high class performances, Ever After consistently brings in some of the biggest international EDM performers with previous headliners including ZEDD, Skrillex, BASSNECTAR, Diplo, DJ Snake and more.
The festival is in its fourth year and in the past has attracted more than 40,000 people.
“We strive to give an unparalleled, world class festival experience. We’re constantly on the pulse of the EDM scene and work to provide a lineup that combines a mix of emerging acts and EDM superstars,” said Ever After’s organizer Gabriel Mattacchione, president of Beyond Oz Productions Inc. “Ever After is an immersive, uncompromising musical experience. This year is guaranteed to be the most memorable one yet.”
Back due to popular demand, back-to-back (B2B) sets will be returning to the festival this year, giving DJs the chance to share the stage and perform together. Ever After has planned a whopping seven B2B sets including Zomboy and Skism, Flux Pavilion and Doctor P, Midnight T and Megalodon, and more. Canadian EDM superstar Excision (aka Jeff Abel, a dubstep producer and DJ hailing from British Columbia) will be closing out the festival with his own B2B set, which is guaranteed to be a huge spectacle of lights and killer bass – a true basshead’s dream. He has wowed crowds at festivals all over the world, and will now be returning to home turf for a homecoming fans won’t want to miss.
In addition to the set list, festival-goers can enjoy activities including the waterpark, midway and games such as inflatable football and a WipeOut obstacle course. For those who want the ultimate weekend getaway, offsite camping packages are available, with the campground within a short walking distance of the festival grounds. In partnership with Unity Travel, campsites will be available in addition to cabins, containers and RV spots for non-campers.
Ticket prices are:
General one-day pass, $70.
General three-day pass, $139.
General three-day Rabbit Hole pass, $159. (The Rabbit Hole pass allows for expedited entry into the festival and faster service at festival vendors, bars and rides.)
VIP three-day pass, $184.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.everafterfest.com.