Area 506 Announces 2018 Lineup

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Area 506 returns for a third year with the announcement of July Talk, Arkells, The New Pornographers as well as several New Brunswick acts.

Area 506 will once again animate Saint John’s Long Wharf for a weekend celebration of live music and all things ‘made local’, August 3-6. In today’s announcement, festival organizers have shared several of the performers planned for the festival’s third installment.  These include July Talk, Arkells, The New Pornographers, Big Wreck, The Glorious Sons, Whitehorse and Reuben in the Dark.

There will also be a hefty dose of New Brunswick talent on stage during the festival’s two days of live music including The Monoxides, Brent Mason Band, The Tortoise the Hare & the Millionaire, the Kendra Gale Band, Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, Tomato/Tomato, The Olympic Symphonium, Tampa, and Kill Chicago.   

“Having a strong New Brunswick element in our lineup is incredibly important, it’s really where we start when we’re looking to put our lineup together,” said Ray Gracewood, Chairman of the Area 506 committee. “Over the years, we’ve had great New Brunswick acts like Matt Anderson, David Myles, Les Hay Babies & 1755 grace out stage.  This year we’re excited to have nine bands from New Brunswick play over both days.

“Creating pride of place in New Brunswick is what we’re all about, and there’s so much incredible music here we could legitimately program a week’s worth of AREA 506 without any issue,” said Gracewood. “In looking through the applications this year, the silver lining was that there are still so many great bands within New Brunswick that could help fuel future lineups.”    

The festival also includes the ever-popular shipping container village teaming with New Brunswick goods and culture.

“We’ve had two great years so far, but really it’s only driven us to push harder to create an event that makes the people of New Brunswick proud of where they live,” said Gracewood. “We’ve had a great time developing the event for this year and we’re incredibly excited to announce the details so that people can book the time and set their schedules for the New Brunswick day long weekend.” 

Similar to past years, the event will begin with an open air pre-registration event on Friday, August 3 featuring a surprise lineup of New Brunswick talent.

Long Wharf comes to life on Saturday, August 4 with a full lineup of performances beginning at 2 p.m. and running until midnight on both Saturday and Sunday.

Passes and Tickets

Pre-Early Bird weekend passes are on sale now at and are priced at $89.00 + HST and applicable fees for a very limited time.

Early Bird pricing will begin once Pre-Early Bird tickets are sold and will be priced at $99 while supplies last.   Regular weekend passes are $119.00 + HST and applicable fees, and individual day passes are $79.00 + HST and applicable fees.  VIP tickets will be a new addition to the festival this year.  Priced at $249, they include preferred viewing area, preferred entry, washrooms and bar access.  



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