Canada’s Sonic Boom, X-Fest Won’t Be Back

Two Canadian alternative rock festivals won’t be back in 2017. Radio sponsors of Sonic Boom in Edmonton and X-Fest in Calgary, both in Alberta, each made announcements on their respective Facebook pages Feb. 28. 


Sonic Boom started in 2009 outdoors at Northlands before moving to Borden Park in Edmonton. Over the years Sonic Boom, the elder of the two fests, featured artists including Jack White, Linkin Park, The Lumineers, Twenty One Pilots, Blink 182, and Arctic Monkeys.

X-Fest was staged at Fort Calgary and debuted in 2011 with Jane’s Addiction, Weezer, The Lumineers, Twenty One Pilots, and Jake Bugg among the artists that performed there.

Both festivals were booked by Live Nation.

“We are currently in the process of building a fresh vision for future events in Alberta, Live Nation Canada’s Ian Low told the Calgary Herald. “We’d like to thank all the fans and supporters of the festivals over the years including the Cities of Calgary and Edmonton.”