Photo by Ashutosh Gupta
Oct 11, 2019
Montreal, September 30th 2019 – The morning after the final event of its 17th season, Piknic Électronik is proud to announce a historic, record-breaking turnout for 2019, as nearly 160,000 Piknickers swarmed the lush greenery of the Piknic Électronik site at Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Plaine des Jeux. It was a perfect, incredibly memorable edition as ever more Montrealers came together all summer long to take part in this leading light of the summer cultural season! It’s also worth noting that in early summer, Piknic Électronik was named best Club/Event series in North-America by UK publication DJ Mag, whose biannual rankings remain the industry standard.
A Record Breaking Summer
In addition to welcoming over 160,000 party visitors over the course of the season from May 19th to September 29th, Piknic Électronik welcomed crowds breaking the 10,000-person mark five times this year! Young adults age 18-35 made up the bulk of these visitors, a cohort that proudly highlights Montreal’s diversity, with university students, young workers and families all partying alongside curious and happy tourists. This success confirms Piknic’s status as a leader in electronic music, both locally and internationally. Among the highlights: May 26th with Argentina’s Hernan Cattaneo and Italy’s Massimiliano Pagliara, and the 100% Quebecois Piknic on June 23rd featuring Kora. Plus we can’t forget Denis Sulta’s crazy party, Detroit duo OctaveOne’s live set, and countless other devilishly delectable moments this season courtesy of Baltra, Octo Octa, Courtesy, DJ Stingray, and FJAAK to name just a few! A huge thanks to all the artists who performed under our banner this summer.
A look back at OFF-PIKNIC events
Selected Saturdays were festive ones at the Piknic Électronik site this summer, as OFF PIKNIC’s special programming proved an opportunity to present 7 unique summer events: Bonobo (UK)’s Outlier tour, Gramatik (US),the can’t-miss Montreal returns of Anjunadeep and All Day I Dream, and two events in collaboration with îleSoniq – Valhalla Sound Circus and Anjunabeats. A special mention goes out to the final event, a fruitful, sold-out collaboration with Boiler Room. This wide-ranging day featured Joe Claussell (US), the legendaryMarcellus Pittman (US) and Toronto’s Korea Town Acid (CA),who were joined by localsOuri (QC), Project Pablo (QC) and ex-terrestrial (QC).
Sustainable development – eliminating single use plastics
Taking stock of its activities’ impact on the environment, Piknic Électronik made tangible changes to reduce its carbon footprint. This year, Piknic was incredibly proud to have eliminated all single use plastics from its site. In 2014, Piknic replaced plastic cups with reusable, returnable glasses (500,000 reusable glasses since 2014), plastic straws were eliminated last year (250,000 straws saved since 2018), and this year, Piknic replaced plastic water bottles with tetrapak containers. These were only some of the initiatives taken as part of the company’s sustainable development plan.
The greatest partners, the best friends
Piknic Électronik remains so popular and the party keeps getting better thanks to its numerous contributing partners. For this 17th edition, Piknic would like to offer heartfelt thanks to its public partners: Parc Jean-Drapeau, Tourism Montreal and the Government of Quebec; its major partner Sapporo; its sponsors: Vodka Tito's, Poppers, Red Bull, Pioneer DJ,Romeo's Gin, Lonetree Cider and Consignaction; its suppliers: J.P. Chenet, Club Kombucha, Square and Zone Festival; its media partners: Exclaim!, UB Média and Publicité sauvage; its tourism partners: Hotel William Gray and Hotel Place D'Armes - official artist hotels, Hotel Zero 1, Hotel Monville, Auberge M Montréal, HI-Montreal Youth Hostel, Navettes Maritimes du Saint-Laurent and VIA Rail; and its event partners: evenko, ÎleSoniq, MEG, MUTEK, NEON and Printemps numérique.
About Piknic Électronik
Launched in 2003, Piknic Électronik Montreal is an outdoor electronic music event aiming to offer immersive, social experiences in a friendly environment. Located at parc Jean-Drapeau’s Plaine des jeux, an urban park just 10 minutes from downtown Montreal, Piknic brings together thousands of electronic music enthusiasts every Sunday from May to September. Piknic Électronik Montreal’s diverse programing has made it a highlight of the Montreal summer cultural circuit for over 17 years.
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