MazzFest Returns to Saskatoon

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Local hardcore festival expands line-up to include other genres

Editor’s Note – This article is part of our all-week coverage on festivals in Saskatchewan that promote local music.

MazzFest, a Saskatoon-based hardcore punk festival, returns to the Odeon this Saturday, June 2nd.

MazzFest 2012

The festival, now in its third year, delivers plenty of metal breakdowns, bro-anthems and dude-piles, but has since expanded its line-up, according to festival promoter Vincent Geiger.

If you’re all about supporting the locals Old Problems is probably going to deliver the most intense show the vault room will ever hold.

“MazzFest is very well mixed this year, and not just mainly metal anymore,” says Geiger. “We’ve got many talented artist in the pop-punk, hardcore, indie and metal genres and we also have an amazing hip hop artist this year, Transit from Calgary.

“I would definitely be sure to catch Transit’s set as well as the upcoming artist, Fall City Fall, Waster and Kingsland.

This year the festival boasts 30 bands hitting three different stages all within the venue. Geiger points out that several local bands will be joining the headliners, including Saskatoon’s Old Problems, Weak Ends and Motives.

“Check out co-headliners Dr. Acula and Bermuda – if you are a metal head you don’t want to miss those guys,” says Geiger. “And if you’re all about supporting the locals Old Problems is probably going to deliver the most intense show the vault room will ever hold.

“I could go on and on about all the awesome talent this year. There are so many bands from all over, and the amount of support we’re getting from across the country is just way too awesome.”

The following is a full list of bands playing at this year’s MazzFest:

Dr. Acula
Bermuda
Fall City Fall
Last Ten Seconds of Life
Strangers
Take the Earth Beneath Us
Slumlord
Waster
Palms To the Sky
Transit
The Red Threat
Etown Beatdown
CodeXRed
Old Problems
RingLeader
Cleanse Kill
Between Seas
KingsLand
Kick Flip
Out Of The Ruins
The Man And His Machine
Weak Ends
Hhogwash
Greater Than Giants
Savannah
The Fallacy
The Elegance
Motives
Hold Fast