Loma Prieta by Alice Hirsch - live at New Freinds Fest 2022
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New Friends Fest coming up – pageninetynine, Coma Regalia, The HIRS Collective, and loads of DIY hardcore acts announced

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The highly-anticipated New Friends Fest 2023 is set to take place on August 4-6, 2023, at the Lithuanian House in Toronto. Full fest three-day passes for the festival are priced at $105, with single-day tickets available for $45. Get your tickets here.

As an annual celebration of emotionally charged DIY punk, hardcore, and related music from around the world, New Friends Fest is dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment where individuals can come together and form lifelong friendships based on their shared love of cathartic music.

The festival strives to promote a diverse artistic scene in Toronto and beyond, where attendees can see themselves and their identities reflected in the performers on stage.


Previous editions of the festival have featured performances by notable acts such as City of Caterpillar, Soul Glo, Majority Rule, I Hate Sex, Loma Prieta, and more.

This year’s lineup promises to be equally exciting, with a range of bands from Spain, the UK, Sweden, Mexico, and beyond, including pageninetynine, The Hirs Collective, Cloud Rat, and many more.

New Friends Fest 2022 - pool day - Sheri Furneaux
New Friends Fest 2022 – pool day – Sheri Furneaux

In addition to the music performances, New Friends Fest ’23 will also include social events such as Karaoke, a Swim Meet, Merch Swap, Comedy Showcase, and more.

New Friends Fest by mgmphotoco
New Friends Fest by mgmphotoco

By striving to create a mutually empowering atmosphere free from oppression, the festival is helping to build a more inclusive and welcoming community for all attendees.

New Friends Fest ’23 is shaping up to be an unforgettable experience for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the world of DIY punk and hardcore.

New Friends Fest 2023

The 2023 lineup for New Friends Fest includes a diverse range of punk, hardcore, and related music acts, such as pageninetynine, The HIRS Collective, Cloud Rat, Joie De Vivre, Gulfer, Respire, Stay Inside, Boneflower, Habak, Ostraca, Record Setter, Young Mountain, Saton, .gif from God, Massa Nera, Life in Vacuum, Hundreds of Au, Coma Regalia, Crowning, Eyelet, Dreamwell, Quiet Fear, Roman Candle, Cady, Heavenly Blue, Lastima, Fern Sully, Jetsam, Treehouse of Horror, and Piper Maru.

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