Loco lineup: Shaq, Lorde to play at BC music festival this fall

May 4 2022, 6:41 pm

The lineup for the Rifflandia music festival in Victoria, BC, has officially dropped, and there are some shocking and exciting names on the list.

Pop stars Lorde and Charli XCX are technically the headliners, followed by Cypress Hill, Black Pumas, Lauv, and Ben Harper. But there’s also someone you might not have expected to see on the bill: Shaquille O’Neal, going by the name DJ Diesel.

You could be Shaq-ing your tail feather to the former basketball player’s music by the time the leaves start changing colour in BC.

The three-day event will stretch from September 15 to 18 at the Royal Athletic Park and Victoria’s Arts & Innovation District. It’s back after several postponements due to the pandemic, so if you’ve been eager to move on the dancefloor with other music lovers, get ready to party!

Shaq’s a big fan of Canada, he said in 2018, so crowds should be in for a good show and a good vibe while he’s DJing.

“Love the people. Love your national anthem,” said the NBA Hall of Famer. “People here have always been very hospitable and nice. We can learn a lot from the Canadian culture.”

If hearing from him doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can check out the dozens of other artists slated to perform.

Festival attendees will also be able to enjoy performances by classic punk bands like Bikini Kill and Pussy Riot, rappers like BBNO$, and alternative bands like Cat Power. 

Other acts announced so far include: 

  • The Funk Hunters
  • Allan Rayman
  • Bran Van 3000
  • Chali 2NA & Cut Chemist
  • Whipped Cream
  • Priyanka
  • Reve
  • DJ Shub (War Club Live) 
  • Moontricks
  • Ibibio Sound Machine
  • Jessia
  • Ruby Waters
  • Boy Golden
  • Lex Leosis 
  • Terror Jr.
  • Luca Fogale
  • The Librarian
  • Art D’Ecco
  • Stickybuds
  • The Sponges
  • Astrocolor
  • Gold & Youth
  • Rumpus
  • Vinyl Ritchie & Foxy Moron
  • Jesus & Pyka
  • Ikky
  • Sabota
  • Joanna Magik
  • Alexis Tucci
  • Aspen King
  • The Choir

There will also be over 50 more acts announced, so stay tuned to social media for the music festival for upcoming details.

Tickets go on sale on May 6 at 10 am on the Rifflandia website.

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