Individual Nights: $49.00 + HST + TF service fee
Weekend Pass: $135.00 + HST + TF service fee
Thursday July 26
Since the release of their self-titled debut in 2003, Billy Talent have cemented themselves as a generation-defining rock band. They have sold nearly one million albums in Canada alone and nearly 3 million albums internationally. Their albums Billy Talent I and II and III have all received multi-platinum certifications, with platinum status for the last studio album Dead Silence. Their new album Afraid of Heights debuted at #1 in their home country of Canada as well as in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. This is the fourth consecutive #1 debut for the Toronto based group. Billy Talent have enjoyed tremendous success at Canadian rock radio where they have had three #1 hits that combined for 20 weeks at the top spot, six Top 5 hits, and six Top 10 hits. They have won 7 Juno Awards and have been nominated 23 times, including three nods for Afraid of Heights (Group of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, and Ian D’Sa for Producer of the Year).
Billy Talent to receive Legends of Live Special Achievements Award at Canadian Music week
Special Guests: The Standstills
One thing you need to know about THE STANDSTILLS: They don’t. Formed in 2008 from Oshawa, Ontario, The Standstills incorporate elements of Western, Blues and Rock & Roll … The Standstills take you “Back to when bands were rebels. It was supposed to be dangerous and not so safe, but still a lot of fun…”
Opener: The Fimisters
Based in Trenton, the band started in their high school days back in the 90’s, then disbanded. Five years ago, at the request of friends, they got back together, recording brand new material for their new CD. Empire Productions & Discover Music City welcome The Fimisters to Empire Rockfest 2018.
Friday July 27
Emerging at a time when the internet had thoroughly disrupted the way we make, consume, and think about music, the Arkells’ 2008 debut, Jackson Square, inherited the dying-embered torch for a certain old-school, rock ‘n’ roll ethic—and poured a fresh gallon of gasoline on the flame. They came from a notoriously tough industrial outpost—Hamilton, Ontario—armed with songs about punching clocks and punching faces.
The Arkells have won multiple JUNO Awards and have garnered four 2018 JUNO Award nominations, including Fan Choice and Single of the Year “Knocking At The Door”. In February 2017 they sold out Hamilton’s legendary Copps Coliseum. The band most recently sold 14,000 tickets for their performance at The Rally Festival at Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton.
Special Guest: Matt Mays
Matt Mays is a Canadian indie-rock singer-songwriter. His album Coyote garnered him the 2014 JUNO Award for Rock Album of the Year. “I wanted to make songs that followed my outlook on life as honestly as possible and record them as honestly as possible. That’s it.” Matt comes to Empire Rockfest fresh off his Massey Hall performance this Spring.
Opener: Long Range Hustle
With roots in the communities of Stirling and Tweed and buddies at Centre Hastings SS in Madoc, the band evolved through their university years and are now recording original material. They have toured from Winnipeg to Halifax. Empire Productions and Discover Music City welcome Long Range Hustle to Empire Rockfest 2018.
Saturday July 28
THE GLORIOUS SONS
It’s the hat trick!!! THE GLORIOUS SONS, from Kingston, Ontario are the only band in the history of Empire Rockfest to perform 3 consecutive years. Making their triumphant return this high-spirited rock band with blue collar roots blends alternative southern and heartland rock.
Their 2017 release “Young Beauties and Fools” and its lead off single “Everything Is Alright”, has gone on to stream over 2.5 million times on spotify and peaked at #1 on the Canadian alternative rock charts.
Nominated for 2018 JUNO Award for Rock Album Of The Year .
The Glorious Sons recently sold out the K-ROCK Centre in their hometown in 4 hours!
Special Guests: The Beaches
Toronto-based band THE BEACHES are a little bit glam rock and a little bit garage. They’re tremendously warm cool girls with an infectious edge—the kind you’d want to introduce to your parents and then sneak out and party with. However you break it down, The Beaches are 100% rock and roll. Nominated for the 2018 JUNO Award Breakthrough Group Of The Year
Empire Rockfest 2018 is please to add to the Saturday night roster – Milly, one of the most talked about upcoming bands, from the Pittsburg, PA music scene. Milly is the new musical project from Seth Milberger and Johnny Grushecky. After years of being in various bands together (The Composure, The I Drive) the two formed Milly in 2014.