The first Sonic Boom festival rocked Edmonton’s Northlands Park from noon to night Saturday. Nine bands, including Metric, Franz Ferdinand and Alexisonfire entertained a crowd of over 11,000 screaming fans.
Event organizers and Sonic 102.9 staffers anticipate the first-of-its-kind one-day modern rock festival will become an annual staple, adding to Edmonton’s Festival City namesake.
Alexisonfire guitar player and backup vocalist Wade MacNeil sings for a crowd of over 11,000 at Sonic 102.9’s first-ever festival, Sonic Boom.
Alexisonfire guitarist and vocalist Dallas Green sings to over 11,000 fans at Sonic Boom Saturday. Green will be back in Edmonton on Sept.25 in his acclaimed one-man band, City and Colour.
Alexisonfire frontman George Pettit screams at a massive crowd at Sonic 102.9’s modern rock festival, Sonic Boom.
Alexisonfire bassist Chris Steele plays for a crowd of screaming fans at Sonic Boom on Saturday at Northlands Park.
Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos belts out tunes for the band’s late-afternoon set at Sonic Boom on Saturday.
Franz Ferdinand guitarist and vocalist Nicholas McCarthy plays for a growing crowd for the group’s later-afternoon set at Sonic Boom on Saturday.
Metric leading lady Emily Haines belts out lyrics to an afternoon crowd at Sonic Boom on Saturday. The Toronto band is touring North America in support of their fourth album. THeir last date is in Hamilton, Ont., in October.
Thousands of screaming fans are jammed up against the stage barrier at Sonic 102.9’s first-ever Sonic Boom festival Saturday afternoon.
Sonic Boom MC Jason Mewes (of Jay and Silent Bob fame) warms up a crowd of thousands for Metric. The group took the stage between Girl Talk and Franz Ferdinand at the festival on Saturday. Mewes introduced each band through the duration of the one-day festival, and often reminded partiers to “drink water and stay safe.”