The Glorious Sons return to London for Parkjam Music Festival

By Whitney South, Best of London. 07.04.19

In the words of the immortal AC/AD; for those about to rock — we salute you.

Today Parkjam organizers announced the first of two rock night line-ups to grace the Harris Park stage — this one set for Thursday, Sept. 5.

This fall, London favourites The Glorious Sons will rock the Forest City once again, along with support from Cold War Kids, The Beaches, and locals Texas King.

Hailing from Kingston, The Glorious Sons formed in 2011, and have since released one EP, Shapeless Art, and two full-length albums; The Union, and Young Beauties & Fools — garnering eight consecutive Top-10 rock radio hits in Canada including their first No. 1 modern rock single, Everything Is Alright.

A high-spirited rock band with blue collar roots, The Glorious Sons truly found themselves with the addition of frontman Brett Emmons, who quit school in 2013 to join the band. Subsequent years of hard touring and hard partying provided fuel for the songs on Young Beauties & Fools.

Last year, the band hit London Music Hall with a vengeance, packing the venue on back-to-back dates.

Cold War Kids are an American indie rock band from Long Beach, California. Forming back in 2004, the Cold War Kids' early releases came from independent record label Monarchy Music. In 2006, the band signed with Downtown/V2 and released their major label debut Robbers & Cowards to cult appeal from fans and critics. Their follow-ups, 2008's Loyalty to Loyalty and 2011's Mine Is Yours saw the band develop different musical sounds and lyrical content throughout to mixed reviews. In 2013, Cold War Kids released their fourth album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts. The band then released their fifth album, Hold My Home, in 2014. Their latest album, L.A. Divine, was released April 7, 2017.

Despite their chokers and platform shoes, The Beaches are not your typical 90’s like girl-band. Winners of the JUNOs Breakthrough Group of the Year in 2018, the Toronto quartet has kept it going in high-gear since the beginning. The band released two EPs, The Beaches (2013) and Heights (2014), before signing to Universal Music Canada and Island Records in 2016 when they released their debut full-length studio album Late Show in 2017, produced by Emily Haines and James Shaw of Metric. From touring the UK, to playing Canadian festivals like Osheaga and Wayhome, and opening for Eagles of Death Metal and the Rolling Stones, it’s clear The Beaches are a tremendously talented team with an infectious edge.

Hometown heroes Texas King formed in 2013 and before long, began earning a reputation for their high-energy rock shows. After tours of Ontario and the east coast to support a debut EP, October 2017 saw the release of their much-anticipated full-length album Circles. The album’s lead single Boomerang generated attention at Canadian radio, most notably at Toronto’s 102.1 The Edge, and led to an appearance on Global TV during their Canadian release tour. It’s often said that Texas King is best experienced when seen, not just heard. Now armed with their hook-filled debut, the band is ready to make their mark in the world of rock music — one rowdy club (or in this case, massive park field) at a time.

Even more line-ups announcements are on the horizon.

Parkjam’s first of two rock nights, featuring The Glorious Sons, Cold War Kids, The Beaches, and Texas King will take over Harris Park (531 Ridout St. N.) Thursday, Sept. 5.

Presale tickets are available on Saturday, July 6 at 10 a.m., while public sale and 19+ VIP tickets will be available Thursday, July 11 at 10 a.m.

For more information, as well as artist announcements as they become available, check out Parkjam on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or visit

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