Dancing all day, party all night at IleSoniq 2015

Odesza during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Ahhh IleSoniq.  In only it’s second year, the third of three summer festivals put on by local uber promoter Evenko happened last weekend.  After 3 days of Indie and Hip Hop music at Osheaga, some headbanging at Heavy Montreal, it was time to put away the guitars and take out the turntables for IleSoniq!

I was charged with covering the Neon stage for the festival, and turned out to be a huge hit during the 2 day festival.  Organizers had the great idea of moving the stage from a clearing last year to a spot in the forest.  They originally did it for Heavy Montreal and the vibe was great, I’m glad they decided to leave it there for IleSoniq.  It had the feel of old school raves, hidden in the trees, with cover from the scorching sun.

I heard many festival go-ers mention that they prefered the small stages (Neon and it’s neighbor the Bud stage) to the main stages, where the names on stage are not as known but the energy and authenticity are more real.

Before I get into the flood of crowd and show images, a hugggge shout out to the stage crew who always do an awesome job.  Always behind the scenes, dealing with artist’s missed flights, rescheduling and lineup shifts, those artists who can’t find the on button (true story), the rain, the changeovers… they make the festivals run as smoothly as possible.  Here’s a quick snap of part of the crew at Neon for the weekend.

Neon stage tech crew and stage manager

 

A quick mention of what staff photographers do during festivals.  Not only are we covering the artists on stage, but we are also running around grabbing images of decor, fans and installations and processing images on sight.  But more importantly, I consider myself an ambassador of the festival.  I have probably the most direct contact with the festival go-ers other than security guards at the entrance and I strongly believe that I must ensure that they feel they are having the best festival experience.  Whether that be chatting some people up or taking some images of them and their friends.  There is always a limit, I mean really, do you need a 5th picture of yourself?  Do you really need to grab my leg while I’m on the stage so I can snap a photo of you?  Not really.  I’ll get to it, don’t worry. 🙂

So here is a mashup of images from in and around the Neon stage.

*All images taken for Evenko / IleSoniq.  Do not use without permission.

Fans during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Reindeer? Moose? Who knows

Fans during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

SNBRN on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

SNBRN on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Prince Club on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Prince Club on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

SNBRN on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

SNBRN on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

SNBRN on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

SNBRN on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

SNBRN on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

SNBRN on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Feel the love part I

Feel the love part II

Feel the love part III

Maroma on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Matoma on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Maroma on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Matoma on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Bakermat on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Bakermat on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

The sax grooves of Bakermat

Fans during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Bakermat on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Bakermat on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Get Real on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Get Real on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Love the shades – Get Real

Bakermat on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Bakermat on stage during day 1 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Mika on stage during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Mija on stage during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Mika on stage during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Mija on stage during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Mija and her fans

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Some fans spent almost 8 hours front row at the Neon stage

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Dancing away to DJ Tizi

Local girl DJ Tizi, filling in last minute for another artist whose plan was stuck in the US

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Trippy Turtle during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Trippy Turtle during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Trippy Turtle having a blast on stage

Savant during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Savant during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

What a crowd

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Savant during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Savant during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Ookay felt the crowd was way too hot in the sun

Spiderman !!

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Perfect setting for a stage

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Selfie time

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Snails on stage during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Snails on stage during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Snails on stage during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Snails on stage during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Snails fans during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Snails on stage during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Snails on stage during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

If you get on my shoulders, she’ll get on your shoulders.

Mat Zo on stage during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Mat Zo on stage during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Mat Zo on stage during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Mat Zo on stage during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Odesza during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Fans at Bud stage during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Odesza during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Odesza during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Next time we get to know how they changed her life

Odesza during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Odesza during day 2 of the IleSoniq festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

 

Trying to capture the feeling, the energy and the fun of an EDM festival, while not being your type of music (I don’t think I saw another person with grey hair… it’s premature, I swear) is a fun thing.  Getting out of your comfort zone and just having a good time.

See you next year!

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