Sled Island Music & Arts Festival continues to cement its reputation as one of the must-experience festivals in North America. Known for the thoughtful presentation of its fun, forward-thinking line-up, the festival is set to make a triumphant return following the challenges that accompanied the Alberta floods of June 2013.
Organizers are excited to announce a second wave of artists playing this year’s festival: Boston post-punk legends and long-time festival wishlist performers Mission of Burma, Portland-based freak-folk flag bearers Blitzen Trapper, The Fresh & Onlys’ fuzz pop from San Francisco, punk’d-up thrash metal from Dallas Power Trip, indie shoegaze Krautrock and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) collaborators Disappears, Vancouver punk rock DIY stalwart White Lung, doo-wop garage rock from Shannon & The Clams, Brooklyn-based experimental and ethereal pop artist Julianna Barwick, lo-fi, fuzzed out Mississippi garage rockers Bass Drum of Death, U.S. Girls’ experimental 60s AM radio-inspired pop, Canadian alt-country heroes Elliott Brood, Berlin-via Montreal DJ Deadbeat, and Jerusalem In My Heart’s return to Calgary post-2013 flood to finish their National Music Centre residency.
The second wave joins over 35 other artists, including previously announced headliners: Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket From The Crypt, St. Vincent, Touché Amoré, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Rhye, Killer Mike, Earthless, Bob Mould and Chelsea Wolfe. The festival, now entering its eighth year will see over 250 bands, plus film, comedy, visual art, and special events in the 30+ venues in downtown Calgary, Alberta from June 18-22, 2014. Prefix magazine states that Sled Island is unique because “it’s a destination music festival without all the huge and advertiser-soaked events in the U.S. Stay tuned for more exciting artist announcements on April 2nd, 2014. Stay tuned for comedy, film, and the full line-up announcements in the coming month.
Festival passes, offering access to every event at the festival subject to capacity, are now on sale for $199 (Discovery Pass) and $349 (Discovery Plus Pass) at sledisland.com. All-Ages Passes, giving those under the age of 18 access to the festival’s all-ages programming, are also on sale for $50. Individual tickets for select shows are on sale now via sledisland.com and Ticketfly.
Sled Island Music and Arts Festival
When: June 18-22, 2014
Where: 30+ venues in downtown Calgary, Alberta
Tickets: Tickets on sale at sledisland.com