Heavy Montreal cancels 2017 concert with Parc Jean-Drapeau under construction
Osheaga still scheduled for next summer despite venue change
Heavy Montreal is taking a one-year hiatus while construction is underway in Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène.
"Several factors, including the renovations at Parc Jean-Drapeau and the increase in cultural events during Montréal's 375th anniversary, contributed to our decision," Nick Farkas, vice-president for Evenko, which organizes the heavy metal festival, said in a statement.
The 2015 festival was held over three days and drew thousands of people. Farkas said Heavy Montreal will be back in 2018.
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The cancellation means some music-weary residents on Montreal's South Shore, where Saint-Lambert launched a legal battle over concert noise concerns, will get a bit of a reprieve.
Evenko earlier announced that two other music festivals, Osheaga and Île Soniq, will be relocated to neighbouring Île Notre-Dame in 2017 due to construction in the park, moving them even closer to Saint-Lambert.
Montreal is redeveloping the popular festival site to increase capacity from 45,000 to 65,000 people, as part of the city's 375th anniversary celebrations.
The $70-million project will include construction of a new amphitheatre facing Saint-Lambert across the river.