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Preview: KOI Music Festival Brings Danko Jones, Everytime I Die, USS, to Kitchener!

By: Josh Friesen –  


Little known about Kitchener, Waterloo is that the music energy around there is stronger than ever! With the annual weekend-long KOI Music Festival, the energy will be pumping even more. This year, KOI has drawn in some bigger acts such as Protest The Hero, Silverstein, Every Time I Die, Miss May I, Four Year Strong, and more, and is set to take over several downtown Kitchener venues; The Wax, Opus, Bobby O’briens, and Capers from September 19-21st.

Starting off Friday night will be a FREE concert in the parking lot of Crabby Joe’s. Headlining the show will be Danko Jones with opening acts 7T8, Trouble and Daughter, Teenage Kicks and Conestoga College’s very own contest winner. But wait, the night doesn’t stop there! KOI is a non-stop party to 1:00 am, so be sure to head over to Bobby O’Briens for the after party at 11:00pm!

But Saturday is when the real party starts! Don’t miss out on major acts such as Every Time I Die, Miss May I, and Four Year Strong on the main stage! If you like a more relaxed environment to just hang out with some friends then head over to the acoustic stage and see some of the local and independent artists such as Sardasht Shrines, Whale Eye, Ivy James, and more.

Sunday is when you get to see all your favourite bands with USS, Protest The Hero, Silverstein, Courage My Love, The Front Bottoms, and The Balconies. But don’t miss out on the Acoustic Brunch over at Bobby O’Briens! They’ll have Harbour, Courage My Love, and Four Year Strong doing an acoustic set from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

But it’s not just music either! This year KOI is bringing you a mini Food Truck Festival. Let’s be honest; who doesn’t love food? The streets of downtown Kitchener will be full of local food vendors, food trucks, and restaurants so you will never have to worry about having an empty stomach!

To buy tickets for the KOI Music Festival go here.



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