Newly-announced acts include titanic indie rock band Wavves (playing a special all-ages show at The Palace Theatre on June 22), garage-punk poets Tyvek (joining us for three shows), high energy prog-pop project Once and Future Band*, hyperactive, neon-hued producer IGLOOGHOST* (who will be direct support for Flying Lotus on June 24 and will play the Sled Island Block Party earlier that day), the newly reformed Bash & Pop (featuring Tommy Stinson of The Replacements, playing both on June 22 at Dickens and opening for Mike Watt + The Missingmen on June 24 at the #1 Legion), two of footwork's most daring innovators, DJ Paypal* & DJ Orange Julius (performing together on June 22 with fellow Flying Lotus picks Yves Tumor and Ash Koosha), UK avant-club auteur Actress* (playing June 21 at Commonwealth), LA bass scene rapper Busdriver* (supporting DJ Quik on June 23) and more.
With over 190 new bands announced, it's time to get to know more than just our headliners. If you'd like a taste of the emerging bands at Sled Island, you could start with the dynamic prog of Anunnaki (featuring members of Wolf Parade and Moths & Locusts), grunge-pop stage sensations Borscht, unhinged industrial punks HSY, Halifax indie up-and-comers Not You (featuring members of Dog Day), sizzling rapper Pierre, stoner legends Shooting Guns (also providing a live score for a screening of Nosferatu), lush indie-folk act Tispur, the shred-tastic Wares, black metal purveyors Wilt or the experimental pop stylings of Yao Guai Cave.
Don't forget—Sled Island is also about showcasing the amazing talent we have right here at home. Some choice Calgary artists include synth weirdos Aiwass, battering electro-punks DRI HIEV, garage-pop band Glaux, internationally celebrated bass music champ HomeSick, international traditionalists HYMN, perhaps Calgary's finest songwriter Kris Ellestad, wily young rapper Louis CZA The Black Greek God, freshmen rock n' roll renegades Sellout, haunting composer Valiska and zesty stoner rockers Woodhawk. That's just the beginning! We can't wait to see each and every one of our hometown faves this June.
Browse the schedule to start planning your adventure this June! (Note that unexpected things can happen, and accordingly, our schedule is subject to change.)
The best way to experience Sled Island is with a Discovery Pass or Discovery Plus Pass. A Discovery Pass ($214 until June 18) gives you the freedom to explore the entire festival, with admission to all shows (subject to capacity). It also affords you access to a huge list of deals with our community partners (detailed in the weeks to come). The Discovery Plus Pass ($366 until June 18) gives you all that, plus skip-the-line privileges, a Sled Island 2017 merch package and access to the artist lounge at the top of the Calgary Tower. Under 18? We offer a special All-Ages Pass just for our underage attendees. At just $35, it's only $5 more than a ticket to see Wavves and gets you in to more than a dozen shows like those at Studio Bell, the King Eddy, the Central United Church, Tubby Dog, The Good Life Community Bicycle Shop and more.
To coincide with our 11th year, we're unleashing a brand new way to experience the festival! You may have heard about our Sampler Pack, and today we reveal the full details. On June 20, check out Mrs. Magician and Pinkish Black at our Kick-Off Party at Commonwealth, plus the screening event for Videokills - The Explorer Series: Invisible City Symphonies at the Hifi Club. On June 21, we've slotted in Les Filles de Illighadad at the King Eddy and Actress at Commonwealth. On June 22, catch Waxahatchee (solo) with Mothers at Central United Church and Bash & Pop at Dickens. June 23's Sampler Pack picks include a comedy show with Aparna Nancherla, Brent Weinbach and more at the Studio Bell Performance Hall and DJ Quik with Busdriver at The Palace Theatre. Finally, on June 24, you'll see Thor & Friends at the Studio Bell Performance Hall and Tyvek at the Nite Owl Library. Let us be your guide!
Can't attend the full festival dates? We're offering a limited number of advance tickets to select Sled Island shows beginning this Friday, May 19 at 11am MDT! See the full list now.