Halifax Pop Explosion announces the first three acts for its 2015 lineup, including performers Purity Ring, Alvvays, and Rich Aucoin with Symphony Nova Scotia. Pop Explosion teamed up with Last Gang Records last week to make the announcement at a show at The Drake Hotel in Toronto.
This year’s event takes place from October 20-24, with the first round of Super Early Bird passes going on sale on May 15. These very limited passes will be on sale HERE until May 30. Super Early Bird passes are $69.00 + tax and service fee, while regular pass price will be $99.00 + tax and service fee.
Purity Ring was formed in 2010 when two members of a different band came together on a track called “Ungirthed.” Megan James and Corin Roddick have been creating music together ever since, collaborating with rapper and HPX 2014 alum Danny Brown in 2012. The duo released their second studio album in 2015, titled Another Eternity.
Alvvays has become a house-hold Canadian indie-rock band, with their self-titled first album reaching number one on US college charts in 2014. Their break out track, “Archie, Marry Me,“was popularly covered by Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard. The band is consistently touring, currently on a non-stop schedule through Canada, the US and the UK.
On his album Ephemeral, Rich Aucoin takes his past three years of relentless worldwide touring, and distills all of the big ideas that philosophy majors like him love to ruminate on into 10 sharp, dance-pop songs.
“I am so excited to announce that Purity Ring, Alvvays and Rich Aucoin will be part of this year’s festival. All three bands have strong ties to Halifax and we are thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of these internationally touring artists,” says Executive Director James Boyle. “This year’s event will have the same exciting live concerts you have come to expect from HPX with a few surprises you won’t want to miss.”