October 20-24, 2015

Travi$ Scott · Purity Ring ·
Stars · The Dillinger Escape Plan

Cloud Nothings · Alvvays · July Talk · Rich Aucoin · Cancer Bats

Braids · Majical Cloudz · Black Tiger Sex Machine · Doldrums
Jenn Grant · Dear Rouge · Neil Hamburger · The Men · Andy Shauf

The Weather Station · White Reaper · A Sight For Sewn Eyes · Seoul · Each Other · Moon
Nap Eyes · Walrus · Mardeen · Grounders · Vulva Culture · Best Fiends · Don Brownrigg
Mauno · Brian Kremer · Gina Chavez · Jonathan Terrell · Elsa Cross · Silas Lowe · Jana Horne
and many more!

HPX2015 Ticket and Pass Information

August 18th, 2015

Advance Price Wristbands and Advance Skip The Line Passes are on sale now!
This special Advance Price ends at midnight on September 7th, when all wristbands and passes go up to regular full price.
Individual show tickets will be on sale early September, along with show details such as time, date, artist lineup, ticket price, and pay-at-the-door information.
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All-Ages Programming

August 5th, 2015


Since our line-up announce last week, we’ve received a lot of questions about all-ages programming. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to find feasible solutions to presenting our headliners as all-ages shows this year. As such, the majority of shows at the 2015 Halifax Pop Explosion will be 19+ events. We understand that this is disappointing news to some of you, and we are disappointed as well.

Fostering the all-ages community is something we care about deeply, and we are committed to finding solutions to presenting all-ages programming moving forward. Creating easier access to music for everyone is not only important for us, but also for this city and this province.

The following artists will be performing all-ages shows during HPX 2015: Jenn Grant, Majical Cloudz, Andy Shauf, The Weather Station, and Nap Eyes. Furthermore, on Saturday, October 24, we will host an open format town hall discussion about these issues as part of our music conference. We invite you all – especially those under 19 – to join us for the conversation and make your voices heard.

Thank you for all your continued support.

Team HPX

2015 Lineup Announced!

July 28th, 2015

It’s here! Additions to the 2015 Lineup include: Travi$ Scott, Stars, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Cloud Nothings; along with previously announced Purity Ring, Alvvays and Rich Aucoin. Check out all the artists here, and get hyped! Early bird passes are available here until August 7th.

HPX Festival Ambassador

July 23rd, 2015

We want YOU to become an official Halifax Pop Explosion Festival Ambassador! Earn a free wristband by sharing the HPX experience with your friends. Win/win right?

Click here to find out how!

HPX Board Elections

July 21st, 2015

The 2015 Halifax Pop Explosion AGM and election for Board of Directors was held on July 20th. We are pleased to welcome back three members of the board who were re-elected for two year terms; Josh Hogan, Kris McCann and Chris Toms. They join our current board members; Tara Thorne, Trevor Murphy, Marnie Gillis and Stephanie Purcell. The Board welcomes its newest member Georgia Richards who brings valuable industry experience to the team.

The executive positions of the board were elected for the 2015-2016 term.

Stephanie Purcell – Chair
Josh Hogan – Vice-Chair
Marnie Gillis – Treasurer
Trevor Murphy – Secretary

“Really proud to be a member of this board and work alongside a dynamic group of industry colleagues. We all love this festival and what it stands for! We look forward to delivering our fans and friends a fantastic HPX 2015 alongside the direction and leadership of our Executive Director James Boyle and his team of professionals.” Stephanie Purcell – Board Chair

HPX Partners with MusiCounts For 2015 Festival

June 15th, 2015

Halifax Pop Explosion announced today it is partnering with MusiCounts for the 2015 festival, donating one dollar from every festival pass and ticket sale to the organization. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that children in Canada, regardless of socio-economic circumstances or cultural background, have access to a music program through their school.

“MusiCounts is thrilled to be Halifax Pop Explosion’s charitable beneficiary,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO CARAS / The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “Through this partnership we are working towards building a positive future for children and youth across Canada by ensuring they have access to music instruments. Nova Scotia has a rich musical heritage and we are proud to support it.”

The partnership underscores Halifax Pop Explosion’s ongoing commitment to giving back to the community and championing the importance of arts and culture both on a regional and national level.

The festival also unveiled a second tier of early bird pricing today. For a limited time, Early Bird passes are $79.00 + tax and service fees. Skip The Line passes are $159.00 + tax and service fees. Both are available for purchase HERE.

Halifax Pop Explosion takes place from October 20-24, 2015 and features performances from Purity Ring, Alvvays, and Rich Aucoin with Symphony Nova Scotia.

Announcing the first three acts for HPX 2015…

May 7th, 2015

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.”