Pop Montreal Is Hosting IRL Concerts for Its 2020 Festival

Backxwash, Lido Pimienta, Plants and Animals, Land of Talk and more will play the live/digital event in September

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Aug 26, 2020

While COVID-19 has forced the vast majority of festivals to go digital in 2020, Quebec's Pop Montreal has made the decision to host in-person live events for this year's annual fest.

This morning, Pop Montreal announced it will host a live/digital hybrid festival from September 23 to 27.

According to a press release, "This year's edition will be adapted to ensure the safety of attendees and adhere to all COVID-19 restrictions. Focusing on local artists, the 19th edition will have fewer shows and maintain social distance protocols at both indoor and outdoor venue spaces."

Acts set to participate include Backxwash, Lido Pimienta, Plants and Animals, Land of Talk and more.

Among the venues will be the Rialto theatre complex, Le Ministère and Martha Wainwright's community art/music/café space, URSA. The shows will have very limited capacity, with advance ticket sales and seating room only.

All the Pop Montreal events will also be online via the POP Montreal stream "Funhouse 2.0" on the festival website.

The press release also states: "Dedicated to providing Montreal and the international music community with stellar programming, the festival promises special surprise events in line with previous years that incorporate the community and backdrop of the city. Each secret show venue will be revealed at the last minute to ticket holders."

You can see the initial lineup of acts announced so far below, where you will also find the lineup poster and the COVID-19 safety rules.

Pop Montreal 2020 Initial Lineup:

Backxwash - Saturday Sept 26 - Theatre Rialto
Lido Pimienta - Saturday Sept 26 -  Theatre Rialto
Flore Laurentienne - Friday Sept 25 - Theatre Rialto 
Plants and Animals  - Saturday Sept 26 - Le Ministère
Land of Talk  - Thursday Sept 24 - Theatre Rialto
Socalled - Saturday Sept 26 - secret venue
Thanya Iyer - Friday Sept 25 - Theatre Rialto 
Paradis Artificiel - Saturday Sept 26 - Theatre Rialto 
Clerel - Friday Sept 25 - Theatre Rialto 
Tyleen - Friday Sept 25 - Theatre Rialto 
Antoine Corriveau - Friday Sept 25 - Ursa


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