Words By: Chelsey Rogatinsky
Photography By: Jeanette LeBlanc
Koi Music Festival 2013 kicked off on Friday the 13th in downtown Kitchener, ON, with a shorter line up but not short of any deliverance. Main Stage hosted a free evening concert with Treble Charger as their headliner and official after parties.
Continuing on to the following Saturday; roads were closed, tents were set up, bands and attendees arrived early to check out what there was to offer. Artist registration and media check in was a breeze and easy to find as they had their own office running at the main intersection of the festival equipped with vibrant custom KOI window art. Among the rest of the downtown area was full of twelve scattered venues that were put to use through out the day.
The Chrysalids Theatre was a seated venue with adequate floor space for viewers to stand. The line up for this venue was strictly bands of a hardcore aspect that was an unusual match but worked out for bands such as Auras and Expire that filled the standing area and dispersed seating. Other bands of the day were Cardinals Pride, Gracefield, Obey the Brave and No Bragging Rights. This venue also possessed very attention-grabbing art of different figures and subject matter that were enclosed with gas masks. The pieces were by Roman Dmitri, assorted in different canvas sizes, potent colors and black and white that were all displayed for sale.
In contrast, The Wax with an upstairs location had a very narrow pit but was able to fill a high capacity due to its length. Bands such as Three Crowns, Crystalyne, Searching for Satellites and The Salads of all different genres brought a volume of different crowds. Three Crowns, Kitchener natives, played to a full room as this was their third year returning strong.
Over at Main Stage was Baptized in Blood, Vanna, Emmure, Cute is What We Aim For, Bayside, Classified and many more. The dimming temperature as the night progressed kept the main crowd huddled and the 19+ section flowing.
Overall, KOI Fest didn’t see nearly as many as attendees as last year with bands such as Stray From the Path, Counterparts, and Northlane but effective use of social media tools from the fish himself was used before, during, and after the festival. The parading mascot was an added touch as the day ran smoothly. KOI Fest was home to a lot of great musicians of a wide variety and continues to be in years to come.
KOI MUSIC FEST LINE-UP:
MAINSTAGE – 55 King St. E. (Crabby Joe’s Parking Lot)
Lion Under Stars, Baptized In Blood, The Wooden Sky, Vanna, The Planet Smashers, EMMURE, CUTE IS WHAT WE AIM FOR, BAYSIDE & CLASSIFIED
THE WAX – 125 King St. W.
Arkham Awaits, All Systems Go, Three Crowns, Mandroid Echostar, Crystalyne, The Balconies, Searching For Satellites, The Bosswich, Big D & The Kids Table, The Lucky One’s, The Mahones, The Salads & KO
OPUS – 182 King St. W.
Credit Valley, Life In Vacuum, Laureate, Lambs Become Lions, Candy Hearts, Wayfarer, Restorations, Teen Violence, My Body Sings Electric, Exalt, Partycat, The Hollow Sea, Foxfight & The Unreal
IMBIBE – 10 King St. W.
Riley O’Donell, Sydney Delong, Ivy James, JoJo Worthington, Sean Reyes, Sharon Nutzati, The Good For Naughts, Brenden Stephens, Justin redible, Mouthpeace, Ase X Deuce, Peter Turns Pirate, Raspberry Heaven, Adrian Underhill & Hinindar
Chrysalids Theatre – 137 Ontario St. N
Honour Roll, Burning The Day, Cardinal’s Pride, No Bragging Rights, Gracefield, Unlimited, Obey The Brave, Two Crown King, Sumo Cyco, Thunderhawks, Auras, Knockout Kid & Expire
Bobby O’Briens – 125 King St. W.
Grand Format, The Honeyrunners, Zealots Desire, Marcellus Wallace, Rufus, Texas King, The Royal Streets, Amberwood, Ravenscode, The Ragged Suits, Lumberjunk, Mosely, Mushy Callahan & J’Nai
The Hive – 200 King St. E.
Story Teller, Guide Nevada, Beheading Of A King, Sleep When You’re Dead, Skywalker, The Twin, Dogbus, Jesus Krysler, Sons of Revelry, In My Coma & 40 Sons
The Joint – 200 King St. E.
Just In Time, Mimi Cry, Great Lakes, Headshot, A Divine Silence, Mute Union, The Socials, The Stragglers, Brutal Youth, Brave The Wild & Chainsaw Lobotomy
Capers – 1 Queen St. N.
The Plugs, Beat Noir, Safe To Say, Wasted Potential, Motorleague, Seaway, Constellations, Curbside, Uplift, July, The Maysides,Brandon James, Permanent Bastards, The Anti Queens & Trouble & Daughter
Cork Room at McCabes – 352 King St. W.
Liam Dagger,Prophets, City Wide Panic, Greys, Tequila Mocking Bird, Rydell, Dead Broke, Sleepless, Royal Creatures, Clearpoint, Still Life
Little Bean – 417 King St. W.
Dismaj, New Design,Lambs, Thought Beneath Film, Sole Pursuit, Safe As Houses, Keep The Change, Stuck On Planet Earth, Cardinals, Radio Free Universe, Les Mosquitos, Kman & The 45′s, The Baudelaires, Panama Red & Jeremy Day
Queen St. Commons – 43 Queen St. S.
So Much For Subtle, Waterbodies, The Bends, Penske File, You, Me And The Machine, Delhi, Darryl McCarthy, The Ending To This Story & Hustle Rose
CUTE IS WHAT WE AIM FOR:
SAFE TO SAY: