Published Feb 28, 2017Since 2009, Edmonton's alternative rock fans have flocked to the Sonic Boom music festival. In Calgary, the same fest has existed under the name X-Fest since 2011. As of this year, however, both events have been cancelled.
The news was reported via X92.9 in Calgary and Sonic 102.9 in Edmonton, both of which released statements about the cancellation.
"After eight amazing years, it's time to explore new ideas," a post from Sonic 102.9's website said.
"Sorry for the bummer news, but we are sad to announce that X-Fest will not be returning in 2017," X92 added. "After a great run, the time has come to reimagine and explore new ideas for future events."
Speaking with the Calgary Herald, Live Nation Canada's central region president Ian Low added, "X-Fest in Calgary and Sonic Boom in Edmonton will not be returning in 2017. We are currently in the process of building a fresh vision for future events in Alberta. We'd like to thank all the fans and supporters of the festivals over the years including the cities of Calgary and Edmonton."
Over the years, X-Fest and Sonic Boom hosted a veritable CD wallet worth of alternative acts, including the likes of Weezer, Jane's Addiction, Blink-182, Linkin Park and Jack White, among many others.