Montreal: IglooFest and the Electronic Music Scene Erupt on the Quays of Vieux

Now in its sixth year, Igloofest, the outdoor winter electronic music festival, once again takes over the Old Port for three consecutive weekends of high energy live performances overseen by the the best artists in the electronic scene. Each night offers a packed and varied line-up, with three to four headliners claiming the main Sapporo stage nightly and additional performers presiding over the Virgin Mobile Igloo throughout the night. The mix of world-class DJ’s and captivating visuals results in a bouncing swarm of festival goers erupting into dance throughout the night in front of the main stage.

As you approach the quays, the dark winter sky can be seen pulsating with rhythmic neon lights, drawing electronica fans into the colorful winter playground. Illuminated ice sculptures frame the lower festival grounds, giving it the appearance of an ice village that has arisen from the frozen winter landscape. A second level metal catwalk offers sweeping aerial views of the main stage, festival grounds and Old Port. Back on the ground, outdoor ice bars and small circular fire pits offer festival goers two alternative ways to warm up. If the cold is too much, a bit of the chill can be escaped by entering the main pavilion tent (Jacques Cartier pavilion) towards the entrance, which offers a live video feed of the concert stage, igloobars and the popular iglooboutique, where colorful hats and headbands bearing the festival’s name can be purchased.

The festival is also home to the quirky “one-piece” contest, a competition for showing off your most original and flamboyant snowsuit. Vintage styles from the 70’s and 80’s act as inspiration, but competitors are encouraged to dress up their one-pieces even further with their own creative accessories and personal flare.

Quai Jacques-Cartier, Montreal

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