CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT // Additions to the Inaugural Gridlock Festival

Wolf Parade, Rural Alberta Advantage, Waxahatchee, Matt Braunger, Solids, and more added to Gridlock Festival lineup

(Halifax, NS) – Wolf Parade, Rural Alberta Advantage, Waxahatchee, Matt Braunger, and Solids are among the acts added to the inaugural Gridlock Festival lineup. The festival takes place in Halifax, NS from July 8-10, 2016.

In addition to these artists, the festival also added the following acts to the 2016 lineup: Adam Strangler, Freak Heat Wave, Calvin Love, Casey Ley, Cheryl Hann, Freak Heat Waves, Ian Black, Jon Mckiel, Kim Harris, Meaghan McDowell, Moon King, The Dirty Nil, and Walrus.

They join previously announced acts DIIV, American Football, TR/ST, Wintersleep, Baths, Lower Dens, Lowell, Beach Slang, Peach Kelli Pop, Sean Nicholas Savage, Southern Shores, Partner, Vogue Dots, beauts, and Dance Movie.

Passes for the three-day festival are on sale now at

Gridlock Festival is a new, outdoor tented festival taking place on the grounds of Spatz Theatre/Citadel High School. in Halifax, NS. The event’s bar partner is Stillwell, who will serve up East Coast craft beer, local wine, and spirits. The festival grounds will also feature a food truck alley and provide additional space for pop-up retail vendors.

Wolf Parade formed in Montreal in 2004. The group, comprised of members Spencer Krug, Dan Boeckner, Arlen Thompson, and Dante DeCaro, released three universally acclaimed records for Sub Pop — Apologies to the Queen Mary (2005), At Mount Zoomer (2008), and Expo 86 (2010).

In 2006, singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff, percussionist Paul Banwatt, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole came together to release their debut, self-titled EP as The Rural Alberta Advantage. The ensuing years have brought two full-length albums, two Juno Award nominations (Best New Group, Video of the Year), and a Long List nomination for the Polaris Music Prize. It was through all of this that their latest album, Mended With Gold, took shape.

Waxahatchee is the solo project of American singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield. The name of her solo musical project comes from a creek not far from her childhood home in Alabama, and seems to represent both where she came from and where she’s going. Waxahatchee’s latest record, Ivy Tripp, drifts confidently from its predecessors and brings forth a more informed and powerful recognition of where Crutchfield has currently found herself.

Raised in Portland, Oregon, Matt Braunger has been a headlining comedian since 2007. With an extensive list of television credits including MadTV and NBC’s Up All Night, Braugner also won the 2008 “Best Of The Fest” at the inaugural Rooftop Comedy Festival in Aspen, was listed in Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch in 2009, and in Comedy Central’s Hot 9 in ’09 list.

Solids take inspiration from alt-rock’s early-’90s heyday. Formed by Xavier Germain-Poitras (guitar) and Louis Guillemette (drums), the duo has understood that melody never shines as much as when it is forced to fight its way through many layers of distortion and feedback effects.

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