The Sled Island Music & Arts Festival is thrilled to announce more than 160 new additions to its lineup of 2018 artists. The annual festival sets itself apart by presenting a thoughtfully-chosen lineup of music, comedy, film and art in more than 30 venues across Calgary, Alberta each June. This year’s festival takes place from June 20 – 24, 2018.
Newly-announced acts include bass-wielding funk warrior Thundercat (headlining The Palace Theatre on Wednesday, June 20), veteran psychedelic act The Flaming Lips(appearing at MacEwan Hall on Thursday, June 21), Canadian hardcore legends No Warning (performing at Dickens on Wednesday, June 20) and Swedish indie pop sensation El Perro del Mar (playing Broken City on Friday, June 22).
Additional talent announced today includes critically-acclaimed songwriter Common Holly, dance-friendly noise-punks Eyeballs, multi-genre solo experimentalist Petra Glynt, bone-rattling noise rockers Kandekt, furious post-punk band Lié, beloved singer-songwriter Marlaena Moore, veteran psych pop act Mahogany Frog, howlin’ indie punk Eamon McGrath, a double-dose of buzzworthy Indigenous hip-hop from Mob Bounce and Snotty Nose Rez Kids, theatrical pop star in the making NOVEMBER, experimental dance music maker Russell Louder, the always face-melting Shearing Pinx, snotty punks wlmrt, doom and psych purveyors WHOOP-Szo and Berlin’s new wave wonder WORLDBRAIN.
A critical part of Sled Island is showing love to the musicians in our local community. We believe in all of them, but a few to whet your appetite are raw singer-songwriter Conversations with Bears, lo-fi house aficionado DJ Dine & Dash, ever-evolving indie rock act Feel Alright, improv act Friesen/Waters Duo, rap heavyweight LYRIQUE & The Honour Roll, garage-rock pros Miesha & The Spanks, dark electro-pop artist Polly Dactic, longtime favorite Samantha Savage Smith, jazzy post-punks Subjectivity and new dark synth act Uncanny Valley.
Previously announced artists include Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, Deerhoof, Wye Oak, Mount Kimbie, Shabazz Palaces, John Maus, Mary Timony Plays Helium, Cherry Glazerr, Mount Eerie, Grouper, Lido Pimienta, Ufomammut, Slow and many more.
Upcoming Sled Island announcements include visual art on Tuesday, April 24, comedy on Thursday, April 26, as well as special events and conference programming in the weeks that follow. Sled Island’s recently-announced film programming is available at SledIsland.com/Film.