After what organizers call a "challenging" 2015, Kitchener's KOI Music Fest has changed formats for its 2016 edition. Partnering with the town's Centre in the Square, the festival has rebranded as KOI Fest at the Parking Lot.
Now taking place as a day-long event, KOI Fest at the Parking Lot will feature two stages and will showcase 14 local and international acts. A press release describes the new partnership as "a very exciting and promising way for both organizations to pursue their goal of presenting local talent and building the music scene in Kitchener-Waterloo."
"The synergy between CITS and KOI works perfectly, meshing years of festival experience and a decade and a half of growing the local music scene with an organization that brings in top tier talent and culturally important productions to our region" festival co-founder Curt Crossman said in a statement.
Topping the festival bill this year are Sam Roberts Band and Tokyo Police Club, followed closely by the Strumbellas, Hannah Georgas, Kalle Mattson, Ria Mae, the Elwins, Highs, Teen Violence, Poor Young Thungs, Ivory Hours, Le Trouble and Heaven Through Hell. More acts have yet to be announced.
The festival will take place on June 25 from 12 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. EDT and will feature two stages. Stage A performances are open to 19-plus crowds and will cost $69.50 before fees, while a VIP ticket will cost $125 plus fees. Stage B will be free for all ages.
For more information, keep an eye on the festival's Facebook page.