Published May 04, 2016Vancouver's long-running, uber-DIY Music Waste festival makes its most welcome return next month, and organizers have now announced the massive, local-minded breakdown of who all will be playing around the city from June 2 to 5 for the 22nd edition.
As in years past, the four-day festival will be held at multiple venues across Vancouver, with more than 70 acts making their way through 14 different show spots. This includes Jay Arner, Adrian Teacher & the Subs, Courtneys/Peace outshoot Gum Country, Dada Plan, Stefana Fratila, Supermoon, Plazas, Milk, Rec Centre, Poor Baby, Devours, Ace Martens, TV Ugly, Shame Spiral, Morning Coup, Glad Rags, Les Chaussettes, Jo Passed, Shitlord Fuckerman, Swim Team, Tuna Melt, Nice Spine, Did You Die, Mark Mills, Viewmaster, Little Sprout, Sexy Merlin, Skim Milk, Gesture, Spring Breaks and many more.
The theme of the 2016 Music Waste festival is apparently for bands to "explore the magical manifestations of realms that enchant, frighten, mesmerize and delight them." How exactly this plays out remains to be seen, but the goal is essentially the same as it ever was: to shine the spotlight on Vancouver's underground music scene.
"It is really fantastic how Music Waste has grown and evolved, while also staying true to its original purpose of showcasing local talent in an accessible way," organizer Julie Colero said in a statement. "Every year there are new bands and performers who become crowd favourites by the end of the weekend."
Once again, in addition to the officially sanctioned Music Waste events, there will be a series of independently booked concerts run at the same time that come under the Go Your Own Waste banner. The Art Waste component of the festival will also add various openings and exhibitions.
Though the details have yet to arrive, the Music Waste organizers have also curated a cassette release highlighting acts performing at this year's festival. Last year's entry yielded cuts from NEEDS, B-Lines, Peace, Skinny Kids and more.
A full-festival pass is currently on sale at various local retailers for $15, while individual shows will cost $5 at the door.
You can find out more about this year's Music Waste over here.