First-year Halifax Pop Explosion director Jonny Stevens likens his pre-fest jitters to the nervous energy he felt before taking the stage himself.
“Going back to when I was playing music, before I’d hit the stage, it always felt like the first time,” he said. “I’m anxious, I’m excited and I can’t wait for it to kick off.”
Despite the slight anxiety, Stevens says he and his crew are more than prepared to handle the next five days and nights, which will bring more than 150 acts to almost 20 venues across the city.
Sales for festival wristbands, offered for the first time this year, have been brisk, according to Stevens. He attributes that to giving indie music fans what they want.
“We are a festival that is produced by fans of music for fans of music and the bands that they love,” he said. “That’s what we’re all about … The reason (ticket sales) have been so good is because we listen to the fans, we listen to what they want to see.”
A full schedule for HPX is available at www.halifaxpopexplosion.com.