Sonic Boom will rock out indoors due to weather worries
By Sandra Sperounes, Edmonton Journal August 23, 2011
Sonic Boom is heading indoors – partly due to “Edmonton’s volatile summer weather patterns,” according to organizers.
The mainstage of the Sept. 4 modern rock festival, starring Jane’s Addiction, Metric and Cee Lo Green, is moving from the parking lot of Northlands to the Expo Centre.
A spokesperson for the festival’s promoter, Union Events, says ticket sales are “all right” but have been affected by the city’s weather.
“The move comes after careful consideration of fan feedback, and the effects of Edmonton’s volatile summer weather patterns taking its toll on several major outdoor events, including Sonic Boom itself,” reads a statement from Union Events.
Capital Ex, in particular, was hit hard by July’s rainy weather – with 35,000 fewer people attending than in 2010.
Tickets to Sonic Boom range from $79.50 to $199.50 plus service charges at Ticketmaster. Up ‘n’ coming rock acts such as The Joy Formidable, Hollerado and Manchester Orchestra are also on the bill.
Two indoor VIP areas will be provided, including a side-stage deck, and all ticketholders will have access to an outdoor lounge.
Last year’s festival, featuring Rise Against, Weezer, and City and Colour, attracted almost 15,000 fans.
One of the first ladies of rock, Joan Jett, is bringing her Blackhearts to River Cree Resort and Casino.
The 52-year-old purveyor of Bad Reputation, I Love Rock and Roll and I Hate Myself For Loving You will perform Saturday, Oct. 29. Tickets are $59.50 plus service charges at rivercreetickets.com.
Who knew Smash Mouth was still around?
The ’90s pop-rock stars, who enjoyed a brief career revival with their cover of I’m a Believer for the first Shrek film, will play Saturday, Oct. 1, at River Cree. Tickets are $39.50 plus service charges at rivercreetickets.com.
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