Northern Lights Festival Boréal announces biggest year yet

The time has come that Northern Lights Festival Boréal has revealed their full 2018 lineup. The festival, which takes place July 5-8 in Sudbury’s Bell Park will feature a highly diverse lineup of performers ranging from Canadian legends to rising stars. Let’s see what’s been added to the already announced Saturday indie headliner Alvvays, Friday Headliner Lisa LeBlanc, Juno nominated Cree/Dene/Irish artist, Iskwe, and folk veteran Connie Caldor.

NLFB 2018 is thrilled to announce that Hamilton’s Arkells are set to kick off the weekend as the Thursday night headliner. Hot off of the release of their new single, “People’s Champ” they will certainly bring the party to Bell Park.

Multiple JUNO Award-winning songwriter and festival favourite, Joel Plaskett will return to the NLFB stage for the first time since 2012 along with his father, Bill Plaskett. The two will headline Sunday, July 8.

But that’s not all, other additions to the line-up include Julie & The Wrong Guys, C.R. Avery, Canailles, Doctor Nativo, Bonsa, and Orlando Julius.

Northern Lights is also excited to present a roster of established local Sudbury artists including Matt Foy, Black Bull Moose Singers, and BBBRTHR.

Every year, Northern Lights hosts the Meltdown Competition: an open audition where emerging Northern Ontario artists compete for a paid spot in the festival lineup. The winners really blew the judges away and were announced in March. Born in Mexico and recent Sudbury resident, David Cordero’s music incorporates styles of Latin rock, reggae, soul and Latin jazz. Festival audiences can expect a lively and dance-filled set. Alternative rock band, The Keyframes, is already becoming well-known in the Sudbury music scene and they’re ready to take it to the next level at NLFB.

Tickets and info can be found at Weekend passes are staying at $90 until July 5. Kids under 14 can enter for free and weekend passes for students/youth are only $60.

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