Purple Metropolis Music Pageant has taken a flip for the punk

A lineup with a lot of female-fronted bands and all-ages entry demonstrates the pageant’s inclusive and accessible dedication

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Within the phrases of Ryan Rathjen, Purple Metropolis has taken a flip for the punk.

“I might say punk rock in numerous methods, not simply stylistically,” stresses the pageant’s government director, who introduced the primary spherical of bands for this 12 months’s fest, which takes place Aug. 25-27 at quite a lot of venues within the downtown core. “We’re targeted on new sounds, and particularly variety. It’s punk rock in spirit. There are a ton of female-fronted bands, as an example. A number of the most intense punk-rock performances you’ll see will certainly be fronted by feminine artists.”

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Ringo Deathstarr is playing Edmonton's Purple City
Ringo Deathstarr is taking part in Edmonton’s Purple Metropolis Music Pageant taking place Aug. 25 to 27. Picture by Daniel Coborn /Equipped

Amongst them might be Pleasure Venom, an Austin, Texas-based five-piece named by Afropunk as one of many prime eight new punk bands on the planet, and storage/psych rockers Dying Valley Ladies from L.A. There’s additionally “snuff metallic” trio Patriarchy, who Rathjen describes as one thing like if 9 Inch Nails and Kate Bush had a child, and shoegazers Ringo Deathstarr, who might have the perfect identify on this 12 months’s invoice. Topping the primary wave lineup listing is Off!, a punk rock supergroup fronted by Keith Morris of Black Flag and Circle Jerks fame.

Off! band playing Purple City Music Festival
Keith Morris, left, of Black Flag and Circle Jerks fame fronts Off! taking part in Edmonton’s Purple Metropolis Music Pageant taking place Aug. 25 to 27. Picture by Jeff Forney /Equipped

Essential to Purple Metropolis reserving Off! is a relatively little-known band named BatScratch out of Bragg Creek, simply southwest of Calgary.

“I wasn’t certain if we may actually get Off!, and after we had been speaking to them they requested who else can be taking part in the present,” says Rathjen. “So we despatched them an inventory of bands and one in every of them was BatScratch, which has this seven-year-old child singing. I despatched them a video and so they had been like, ‘Wow, that is superb.’ I really feel like the ability of a child-fronted hardcore band confirmed them that, what, we may do that.”

For Rathjen, bringing in BatScratch is consultant of the place the pageant must go. In different phrases, reaching out to youngsters who are sometimes not noted when bands come to city. So, for the primary time ever, Purple Metropolis might be each all-ages and licensed.

“We’re hoping that youngsters can come and take a look at issues, be impressed and possibly be a part of the subsequent wave of bands that play on the Starlite,” he says. “So yeah, we’re tremendous stoked that every part is all-ages and children can get a wristband and stream by means of all of it.”

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Rathjen is fast to provide kudos for the BatScratch hookup to all-ages promoter Mattie Cuvilier of Clear Up Your Act Productions. The collaboration with Cuvilier, who’s celebrating 15 years of all-ages exhibits in 2023, is only one of many for the pageant. They’re additionally engaged on a showcase present with Vancouver’s Darkwave-themed Verboden Music Pageant, and one other with the Mothland label and reserving company out of Montreal. Additionally of observe is an evolving co-production with Edmonton Heyoka Therapeutic Society that can contain Indigenous artists and certain a movie part.

“We attempt to be as collaborative as attainable at Purple Metropolis,” Rathjen notes. “We actually like making an attempt to sign increase and provides different folks a little bit of a platform to advertise their very own factor. It makes you stronger, having extra voices within the dialog, particularly from totally different angles.”

Among the many different new angles on the pageant is a free outside stage with beer gardens in entrance of the Starlite Room, with Vancouver’s Lightning Mud headlining. Together with the Starlite Room and Freemasons’ Corridor simply across the nook, this makes the pageant a lot simpler to navigate than final 12 months. Rathjen refers to it as a “block get together,” saying suggestions from volunteers and festival-goers prompted the change.

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“The entire levels might be very shut collectively, with all three rooms on the Starlite and the 2 flooring of the Freemasons’, McDougall United Chur
ch, the Downtown Edmonton Neighborhood League plus the outside stage which implies we’ll have a avenue closure. So, simply preserving everyone in the identical space, they will dip out and in of exhibits to catch totally different artists and stream with every part. No one must drive round or something, simply stroll, which is a pleasant vibe.”

Including to the accessibility are comparatively cheap tickets. Weekend wristbands are $100 and go on sale at 12 p.m. Tuesday at purplecityfest.com, and particular person live performance tickets might be out there June 26.

Purple Metropolis Music Pageant

When Aug. 25-27, 2023

The place Numerous venues

Tickets $100 wristbands out there 12 p.m. Tuesday at purplecityfest.com

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