Halifax Pop Explosion brings Japandroids, Wavves and more to city

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By Haley Ryan - Metro Halifax

HALIFAX - Music fans will be riding in style this October to check out Halifax Pop Explosion headliners like The Walkmen, Japandroids, Wavves, Hollerado, and Hannah Georgas – thanks to a free bus service.

Joel Plaskett

On Wednesday, executive director Jonny Stevens announced the 2013 lineup during a press conference aboard one of the double-decker buses used to transport fans around for free.

“I think our whole lineup is fantastic,” Stevens said after the event. “If you want to see what’s going to be huge next year, and the year after, Pop Explosion’s where you do that.”

Other highlights include a solo Great Lake Swimmers show, Polaris-winning rockers Fucked Up, Joel Plaskett with Symphony Nova Scotia, the return of Halifax’s The Plan, Braids, Action Bronson, Shad, Chad VanGaalen, and Jenn Grant’s new project Aqua Alta.

Stevens said he’s always been told it was hard for people to run all over the city and get to shows they wanted to, especially those on a tight budget who couldn’t afford quick cab rides.

“(Now they can) get out and see some of the earlier opening bands, see tomorrow’s stars,” Stevens said.

Stevens said the buses run on a half hour loop to all venues, and with two or three buses running most people will wait 15 minutes or less for a ride.

Comedians Brian Posehn and Todd Barry are also big draws for the festival, and Stevens hinted at a free show in Grand Parade as well as an opening-night concert in Government House.

With over 200 acts in the lineup, Stevens said it’s easy to make your own folk, punk rock, rap, or electronic festival within the Pop Explosion based on what you like.

The event’s full schedule will be released at a later date.

Wristbands and passes are available here.

Organizations: Government House

Geographic location: Great Lake

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