Sonic Boom 2012

Northlands Park
Edmonton, Alberta
September 2, 2012
Photos: The Music Mistress
I’ve never been to Sonic Boom so I wasn’t completely sure what to expect. I’ve been to other large concert events and they don’t always go smoothly but that’s to be expected right? Or maybe it’s just that previous concert venues & personnel just didn’t really have their crap together.

I arrived at the gates around 11:30am, but there seemed to be some kind of mix up with the media passes and we played a game of find the passes. Needless to say, with a call to the event organizer things started to fall into place.

Despite the rainy weather hundreds of eager people were lined up at various entrances waiting to go in, some even vibrating with anticipation. Covered in plastic ponchos and garbage bags with full out smiles on their faces, they were ready for anything.

Entering through the gates was like reliving my childhood, as Sonic Boom is held at Northlands Park, home of K-Days.  For you that don’t know what that is, I feel sorry for you.

We walked over to the Media Tent, a small tent set up to left of the stage. For the rest of the day we (the media) would be escorted by a beautiful young lady to and from the front of the stage. Other than that, we were free to roam with the VIP and general admission peeps, which as it turns out is one of the best parts.

Here’s the line-up:

Zerbin– A local BOTM (Band of the Month) featured on Sonic. Their incorporation of numerous instruments and my favorite, the ukulele, along with amazing rhythm has put them on my “watch” list. They stood strong as an opener, so strong I would expect them to be one of the headliners next year.

The Pack A.D- Maya Miller & Becky Black, a Vancouver born duo, rocked the stage and blew me away. These ladies are amongst my favorites, I can’t express in enough words just how good they are. I’ve seen and heard numerous bands who try to make it work with just 2 of them, but these chicks don’t have to try. It just simply works for them, captivating their audience with full out sound and spine tingling vocals. Goosebumps .. goosebumps .. goosebumps.

LP– What a voice, she kind of makes me think Dolly Parton and Reba had a love child. Her voice stands out, its different, it’s unique.

Mutemath had the crowed entranced in their electronic, rock style songs. For me it was their song “Spotlight” always has been and always will be one of my all time favorite songs. What a remarkable performance.

FUN was just that, fun, full of life, mind-blowing. Everything about their performance, the vocals, the use of instruments had the crowd, including myself dancing and singing along. Enough said.

The Joy Formidable was kick-ass; no other chick can rock it like Ritzy in heels and a short skirt.  The set was intense & incredible, a must see. I’ll definitely be hitting up another one of their shows.

Young the Giant put on a vibrant show. Sameer sings with such passion you can’t help but become lost in his emotions, you feel the lyrics like a rollercoaster ride. You’re up, you’re down and you’re all around. Before you know it the ride is over, leaving you craving more, more, more.

Silversun Pickups, where do I start? First, I was lucky enough to meet the band and every single member was kind & genuine. Their performance? Seriously, if you find yourself asking you have no right being a fan.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing them perform live, I urge you to go and do so if at all possible. They are freaking fantastic, need I say more?

Linkin Park was purely mind-blowing. The lights, the sounds, the vocals and the pyrotechnics… I have one word WOW.  So much heart, so much soul. What a great way to finish Sonic Boom.

Kudos to Union Events & Northlands, well done!

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