Ile Soniq 2018 Mtl – Following up last week’s extravagant Osheaga festival, is Evenko’s final big music festival of the summer – Ile Soniq 2018. As the name implies, Soniq is an adventure into the sonic sound waves of electronic music and its three stages and vibrant, inflatable mushroom clad settings all vibe with happy and energetic people. Perhaps the youngest gathering of the four major festivals held in consecutive weekends on Montreal’s man-made island getaway, Parc Jean Drapeau was the place to be once again much to the continued dismay of the culture hating residents of Saint Lambert.
From the floating dance floor that surrounded the high rising Neon stage that glowed from LED screens during the day and became an impressive laser show by night, hosting much of the two day events Dubstep sounds, the Mirage stage and the Oasis stage that hosted the hottest names in modern music, to a crowd that stretched further than the naked eye could see – Ile Soniq was a rampant success.
Despite the last minute cancellation of the most influential DJ of all time, Paul Oakenfold, due to illness, the party vibes were never ending. Artists such as French Montana and The Chainsmokers, DJ Snake, Diplo and Lil’ Yachty to Ferry Corsten and Rusko made sure of that.
My feet ached and blistered after two days of walking the site and I would hate to see the state of those feet that danced in the dirt from the early afternoon late into the night. The ambience and atmosphere were a thing of beauty, the decor and light shows incredible – albeit somewhat repetitive. When dealing with DJ’s, there isn’t a huge change over like you would find at a rock n’ roll show, and the stage setting never changes as a result. Most noticeable on the Neon stage but even the pyrotechnics that went off on the main stage became stale after being used in the exact same manner set after set for two straight days.
Ile Soniq was a fun time and its audience seemed to glow throughout its duration.