Photo cred - Karel Chladek

The weekend all EDM fans have been waiting for is nearly here, as îleSoniq, the first festival of its kind, will take over Parc Jean-Drapeau this Friday and Saturday.

You've no doubt already heard the headlining artists, and the "top 10 DJs to see" and all those types of guides, but what about some real info you'll actually need to know, like routes, pre + after parties, and what you can/can't bring? Well we've got all that and more for you, so read on and get the full lowdown on îleSoniq.

Photo cred - Karel Chladek

Know who you're "dealing" with

Let's be real here folks, EDM and fun-enchancing drugs are pretty much the most bosom of buddies. Now, while you probably have a very reputable connection at Piknic or New City Gas, îleSoniq will bring about a whole mess of dealers from all around Canada looking to make some dollars. Thing is, as has happened at recent music festivals (like Veld in TO) dealers may cut their supply with God knows what to maximize their profits. Refrain from grabbing off of whoever, because it can put you in the hospital, or worse. Even if you don't partake in substances, your friend probably do, so make sure you watch who they're talking to then suspiciously shaking hands with.

Photo cred - Karel Chladek

Know your routes to and from

Knowing where each stage is located is pretty necessary for a music festival, and there are only three stages anyway, so not exactly difficult to find them.

A little more difficult will be finding your way off of the island. The obvious choice is the metro, but if you've been to a music festival at Jean-Drapeau before, you know the lineup can get huge. If you're feeling a little adventurous and energetic (as many of you will) note that there are walk and bike-able paths back to downtown Montreal. The cycling lane on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge (map) is the go-to, but you can also take the Concorde bridge (map) to get back into the city.

For reference, here's a map of Parc Jean-Drapeau in its entirety.

Know the lineup and schedule

For whatever reason, the scheduling of each performance for îleSoniq hasn't been pouring out of the mouth's of the media. So, to give you a quick sense of who's playing and when, here's the big-name breakdown for Friday and Saturday, with links to the full schedule:

Friday:

  • Botnek (4:15-5:30 @ Superheroes Anonymous stage)
  • Iggy Azalea (6:15-7:15 @ Oasis Stage)
  • 3LAU (6:30-7:30 @ SA Stage)
  • The Chainsmokers (7:30-8:30 @SA Stage)
  • Adventure Club (8:30-10:15 @ SA Stage)
  • Tiesto (9:15-10:55 @ Oasis Stage)
  • Full Schedule

Saturday:

  • Vilify & Henward (3-4:15 @ Neon Stage)
  • Juicy J (5:15-6:15 @ Oasis Stage)
  • Tyga (6:45-7:45 @ SA Stage)
  • Zed's Dead (8:30-9:45 @ Oasis Stage)
  • Infected Mushroom (9:30-10:45 @ SA Stage)
  • Full Schedule

Know what you can/cannot bring

Like any event, there are going to be things you can bring with you inside, and those you can't. Being an outdoor festival, you do have some leeway in terms of bring-ables, some you probably should pack along.

What you can bring:

  • A plastic water bottle (water fountains are on-site to fill up)
  • Beach towels and blankets
  • Waterproof ponchos and small umbrellas
  • Small backpacks, bags, or purses (they will be searched)
  • Sunscreen (none in flammable aerosol cans)
  • Lighters and cigarettes
  • Digital cameras (no professional video equipment)
  • Disposable cameras
  • Baby strollers

What you can't bring:

  • No outdoor alcohol
  • Glass bottles and cans
  • Hard-sided coolers
  • Megaphones
  • Musical instruments
  • Flag with poles (without poles/sticks are permitted)
  • Fireworks
  • Folding chairs
  • Skateboards
  • Laser pointers
  • And any object intended to hurt someone else, as you could guess

Know about the app

To pretty much make your life a lot easier, and compiling most of the info already covered, is the îleSoniq smartphone app. Download-able for iPhones and Androids, and in English and French, the app has maps, artist profiles, and even lets you create your own custom schedule. Maybe most useful is the direct updates on performances, as times are subject to change at any time.

Get more info and get downloading the îleSoniq app here.

Know the launch parties

Before the weekend of debauchery begins, start things off right on the preekend/Thursday night, with the Ile Soniq launch parties. You got two options here, and the times barely conflict if you wanna hit up both:

  • îleSoniq Official Launch Party @ The Clock Tower Beach w/ Anna Lunoe + Treasure Fingers + Jay London + Senudiz, put on by Saintwoods (5-11pm) - FB Event
  • îleSoniq Official Launch Party @ Terrasse Bonsecours w/ Bixel Boys + Royce & Tan + Bryan Shiply (10pm-3am) - FB Event

Know the after parties

Now, you're going to want to keep partying well into the wee hours of the morn, and below is where you're going to do it.

Friday:

  • îleSoniq Official Afterparty w/Jessie Andrews @ Terrasses Bonsecours (10pm-3am) - FB Event
  • Official Afterparty w/ Mr Carmack + Esta @ Le Belmont (11pm-3am) - FB Event
  • Official Afterhours Afterparty w/ Arnek + Chris Element @ Circus (12am-9am) - FB Event

Saturday:

  • Official Afterparty POPOF w/Vakkuum + Groj + Zepha @ SAT (10pm-3am) - FB Event

Know about the on-site lockers

Let's say you want to bring a bunch of alcohol, knowing full well you won't be able to bring it in, but you're thinking ahead to after the day ends, when the liquor stores are closed and it's well past 11pm. What do you do? Rent a locker before going into the festival to keep your drank (and other precious belongings) safe and sound. Lockers go for $15 a day, which split between a few friends, is only a few bucks a head.

Know where you can't go

Unfortunately there are some restricted areas at îleSoniq. Due to limited space and exclusion to make others feel special, only those with a gold ticket can get to sit at the îleSoniq Terasse area. You're also not allowed at any area designated for groups who bought the diamond package. You can, of course, fork out the dough and chill with the ritzy folk if you like.

Know that kids get in free

Parents that like to party will be happy to hear that any child under the age of ten will get in for free s'long as their guardian has a valid ticket. No time like when they're young and impressionable to set them on the road to being EDM-heads, am I right?

To get more info on all things îleSoniq be sure to check out the official website too.

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