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OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax

As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world.

by Jon Davis, Published 2018-04-05

OBEY Convention XI posterFrom the press release:

Presenting a wide range of artists across genres, identities and disciplines, OBEY Convention is a celebration like no other. Over four glorious days, the coastal city of Halifax is filled with new sounds, new ideas and new ways of being together. Our unique programme infiltrates historic and alternative spaces throughout the peninsula, creating a poetical narrative by weaving experimentation, education and all-out wilding. None of our events overlap. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Everyone is welcome to channel and feel the noise between us!

Rounding out our headlining acts including fire-hot Portuguese kuduro prodigy NÍDIA, legendary avant- industrial cult ONO, NYC’s noise exorcist Pharmakon, tension-heavy tonebreaker Sarah Hennies, Chinese-Canadian classical master Liu Fang, dadaist sound freek i dm theftable, Toronto’s new-jazz phenom Joseph Shabason and French-Haitian sound healer Anaïs Maviel, we’ve got:

Avant-soul treasurer Un Blonde, queer doom cult Vile Creature, rising club deconstructionist Jerico, Anishinaabe viola weaver Melody McKiver, chill-soul warriors Strange Froots, tidal truthseeker WANDARIAN, nomadic groove conjurers DIáSPORA, violin maven Gina Burgess, freek-punk 4-piece Science Project, chamber-jazz naturalists New Hermitage, ambient soundshaper Markus Floats, conceptual theme-ripperz Platitudes, powwow trail blazers the Sacred Wolf Singers, art-beat breaker Maximata, dark-soul lyricist Yohvn Blvck, (bp)d-beat ear-crushers Cutie, Syrian oud titan Hussam Al Assaf, trap phenom Benjamin and deep field song-healers Melissa Labrador & Corbin Hart. Selectors for the weekend’s soundsystems include skin tone, DJ Douvet and DJ Fadzwa.

Check out the link below for festival tickets and more information.


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http://www.tickethalifax.com/events/53697828/obey-convention-festival-pass

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