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AREA 506 in Saint John in 2019. Image: Submitted/Dan Culberson

Sum 41, Our Lady Peace headline Saint John festival

By Brad Perry Feb 8, 2024 | 5:00 PM

Sum 41, Our Lady Peace, and Alvvays are coming to New Brunswick this summer.

They will headline the AREA 506 music festival in uptown Saint John on New Brunswick Day weekend

Ray Gracewood, who founded the festival in 2016, said he believes this is their biggest year yet.

“Every year, it gets more and more exciting I think for people who are interested in bringing live music back to the waterfront in Saint John,” Gracewood said ahead of Thursday’s lineup announcement.

“We try to grow responsibly each year and add to create an even more incredible experience.”

Gracewood said Sum 41 is “probably the biggest booking” the festival has had to date.

Our Lady Peace was one of their most requested acts by attendees, he said, while Alvvays was a group they had been trying to book.

The festival founder said they were pleased to put together an all-Canadian lineup of headliners once again this year.

“There’s so much talent out there from our country that we’re more than happy to focus there and have that be an important part of the lineup that we put together,” said Gracewood.

Other acts set to perform during the three-day festival include PUP, Tokyo Police Club, Wintersleep, and The Hypochondriacs.

Gracewood said the Waterfront Container Village will also host a program of family-friendly experiences throughout the weekend. That includes a culture stage, experiential activities, and food trucks in addition to the popular vendor market throughout the weekend.

General admission, VIP and the popular pod-based ticketing options for this year’s event are now available. Children under 12 will get in for free when accompanied by an adult.

The three-day festival runs from Aug. 2 to 4.