Halifax Pop Explosion Announces Initial 2012 Lineup with Super Friendz, Of Montreal, Atlas Sound, Black Lips

Halifax Pop Explosion Announces Initial 2012 Lineup with Super Friendz, Of Montreal, Atlas Sound, Black Lips
What do Canadian concertgoers have to look forward to after summer festival season is over? That's easy: fall festival season. This includes the annual Halifax Pop Explosion, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with five days of music from October 16 to 20.

The organizers had previously confirmed just one of the Halifax festival's many performers: Dan Mangan, who will be playing with Symphony Nova Scotia. Now, the lineup has been fleshed out with a slew of artists, including Of Montreal, Atlas Sound, Black Lips, Wintersleep, Zola Jesus, Purity Ring, El-P, Mike O'Neill, the Pack A.D., Born Ruffians, Deer Tick, King Tuff, Eugene Mirman, Clinic, Humans, Cold Specks, and more.

The bill also features reunions from classic East Coast bands the Super Friendz, Cool Blue Halo, Strate Jackets and Hip Club Groove.

Executive director Jonny Stevens said in a statement, "Halifax Pop Explosion 2012 will be the high school reunion we all wish we had. We're stoked to have been able to convince a number of highly influential Halifax bands to reunite for our 20th and share the stage with the best new independent artists active today. The festival has a 20-year history of presenting bands before they explode and this year is no different. We celebrate our history while remaining firmly committed to presenting the future."

Early bird tickets go on sale from Friday (July 6), with prices rising after July 13 (or once the early bird tickets are sold out). Prices are as follows: $50 for an early bird wristband ($65 regular), $100 for an early bird priority pass ($150 regular), and $225 for an early bird VIP pass ($275 regular). For more information about ticketing options, go here.