Here we are, doggies. Tonight is the first evening of the Halifax Pop Explosion, five full days of the coolest bands in hip-hop, indie rock, indie pop and regular pop. There's also a symphony experience, an incredible comedy lineup, songs for the folkier set, an HPX Conference, the Collide Creative Technology Conference and much more. If you haven't figured out your week, you can download the HPX app and create a schedule, or doodle it out on rando scraps of paper like I do. You can also get your tickets or bracelets online here. I know it's a lot to take in and a lot to remember, so I've made some hotline tips on how to survive five days of partying:
* Earplugs. Get some hot sexy neon ones. Get a combo pack. Wear them.
* Carry ca$h. This makes buying booze faster + you'll avoid Interac service fees.
* For every two drinks, get a glass of water. Especially if you work the next day.
* Get to smaller-venue shows a little early (ex. The Carleton, The Company House).
* The Forum (north end) to Reflections (downtown) is one hell of a cold drunk walk.
Other venues are more nestled up together (Atlantica, Olympic Hall, Gus' Pub).
It's good to try and car-share, taxi-share or plan an efficient street-route then walk fast.
* I haven't seen a Pop Explosion yet that didn't have a poorly timed downpour or cold-snap.
It seems colder than usual this October, so check the weather each day and dress in layers.
* BUY THE MERCH! Many of the performing bands are independent artists who rely on
sales for gas so they can get their shitty van back to Toronto. Plus it's often one-of-a-kind.
* Don't be a crowd douche. If you're over six-five, it wouldn't kill you to stand back a little.
If you notice someone short trying to get through, just let them through. Also, and this is
a must, be mindful of the space you're sharing, the words you're using and the safety of
those around you. HPX is an inclusive and public event, and everyone should feel safe.
Sexual assault will not be tolerated. Hate speech will not be tolerated. Let's all be decent.
* If you notice someone in trouble, please help them. Or alert someone who can help them.
* Try to hold your farts in for the love of God. One year at Reflections, someone unloaded
several cubic tons of ass-gas and it sucked the life out of the room. The only exception is if
you're genuinely trapped in a zone and can't get out in time, or you've just shit your pants.
* Charge your phone! Sometimes you don't realize til it's too late. Always leave on 100.