Koi Fest 2015
09/25-26/15 - Kitchener, ON - PHOTOS AND ARTICLE BY LOGAN REID
Kitchener was alive last weekend as the KOI Music Festival once again took over downtown Kitchener with it's biggest lineup yet. I was fortunate enough to be there all weekend to catch as much as I can of this stellar line-up of amazing, talented musicians who each brought their own unique sound to the stage. Check out the gallery below of some of the performing artists including August Burns Red, July Talk, letlive., The Ataris, I See Stars, Hawthorne Heights, Texas in July, illScarlett, SayWeCanFly, Rich Aucoin, Auras, Carousel Kings, Curses, and more that graced the stages over the weekend.
Day one of the 2015 KOI Music Festival in downtown Kitchener, ON featured performances by indie rock quintet July Talk, pop singer-songwriter Rich Aucoin, indie pop group The Royal Streets, EZcore band Carousel Kings, and more.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania based group Carousel Kings started off my weekend with an extremely energetic performance I can honestly say I did not expect. They put everything out there on stage and it was amazing.
The Royal Streets
Local indie rock group, The Royal Streets came on stage with a lot of jump in their performance between all members of the group you could see they were having a lot of fun.
Halifax-based indie pop singer Rich Aucoin brought the party to the main stage, armed with parachutes, confetti guns, and rad dance moves. His interactive set got the crowd moving as he jumped into the audience several times to dance with his fans.
Keeping things weird and awesome, Toronto-based indie rock band, July Talk played an explosive set full of all their hits, as well as some some new music.
Day two of the 2015 KOI Music Festival in downtown Kitchener, ON featured performances by metalcore giant August Burns Red, pop punk veterans The Ataris, post-hardcore band Letlive, emo legends Hawthorne Heights, and many more.
Lindsay, Ontario based songwriter SayWeCanFly performed an acoustic set full of emotional original music discussing issues with lyrics that many could relate to.
Auras ft. Ray Ligaya
Local four-piece progressive metal group, Auras performed with non-stop energy and even included a guest performance from Vine famous actor, Ray Ligaya.
Carousel Kings performed their second day of the festival to a much smaller crowd on the Pabst Blue Ribbon stage indoors, but maintained their presence and all the intensity all the same as the day before.
Alive in Standby
Alive in Standby were currently out on an acoustic tour but performed their regular amped up set for the KOI fest crowd at the TD stage.
I See Stars
Detroit, Michigan metalcore group I See Stars performed acoustic renditions including a cello and a piano of their heavier music as well as covers of radio hits all off of their latest acoustic record, Phases. They followed their set with a large meet and greet.
Post-Hardcore legends Hawthorne Heights based out of Dayton, Ohio performed the entirety of their The Silence in Black and White album as 2015 marked it's 10 year anniversary.
Mississauga, Ontario based ska trio illScarlett returned to the stage and played an energetic set full of a throwback of some blasts from the past as well as some newer songs putting on an exciting performance.
Punk band The Menzingers based out of Scranton, Pennsylvania performed an energetic set on the KOI Fest main stage.
Texas in July
Ephrata, Pennsylvania based metalcore quartet Texas in July returned to the KOI Fest for the second and final time as this was part of a farewell tour in the announcement of the band breaking up. This brought out aruably the most intense crowd.
Brantford, Ontario based Harbour proved that pop punk really isn't dead and performed their set complete with gravity defying jumps. The only pop-punk stereotype missing was there was no pizzas being tossed around.
Curses, a brand new band out of Toronto lead by Martin Broda formerly of metalcore group Abandon All Ships came to KOI Music Fest for one of their first shows ever draw a considerable crowd into Bobby O'Brien's.
Los Angeles based post-hardcore band letlive. did as much as possible to try and destroy everything they could. Vocalist Jason Aalon Butler ran wild on stage running across the stage as well as climbing and throwing around water. If there had been a roof, he probably would have tried to tear it down.
Anderson, Indiana pop-punk veterans The Ataris got the crowd as well as the other performing artists going wild playing many throwback jams such as Boys of Summer and many more of their hits.
August Burns Red
Manheim, Pennsylvania based Christian metalcore group August Burns Red headlined the second day and finished off the night to the largest crowd on the main stage in downtown Kitchener.