POP Montreal, the fun and lovable independent music festival is pleased to announce it’s 9th edition taking place September 29th to October 3rd 2010 with a sneak peak at some of its headliners.

Some of the highlights include the return to the stage after 14 years of the legendary post-punk band SWANS; the mysterious Canadian cult singer MARY MARGARET O’HARA; the producer/composer/musician VAN DYKE PARKS who has worked wih everyone from the Beach Boys to Grace Kelly and Joanna Newsom; perhaps the greatest gypsy marching band on earth, Romania’s MAHALA RAI BANDA and the unpredictable and awesome DEERHOOF.

Other artists joining the party include: LIARS, DANIELSON, MARNIE STERN, FOL CHEN, BEAR IN HEAVEN, NAOMI SHELTON & THE GOSPEL QUEENS, SHONEN KNIFE, KARKWA, THE LUYAS, BABY DEE, TWIN SISTER and CLARE & THE REASONS.

In the coming months POP will announce more of its line-up, plus their always fantastic onslaught of film, late-night after-parties, panels and workshops, art shows and indie craft fair. So stay tuned!

For early bird passes check: http://ow.ly/1HW9Q

For individual show tickets please check: http://ow.ly/1IUlx

More info: http://popmontreal.com

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