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Sled Island Music & Arts Festival Announces Second Wave of 2019 Artists

The Sled Island Music & Arts Festival is thrilled to announce its second wave of 2019 artists. The annual festival presents a thoughtfully-chosen lineup of music, comedy, film and art in more than 30 venues across Calgary, Alberta each June. The artists announced today represent just a sample of the 250+ bands that will descend on the festival from June 19-23, 2019.

Newly announced additions to this year’s lineup include the incomparable hip-hop stylings of Rapsody, one of only six women ever nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rap Album category, the beautiful freak folk of Jessica Pratt, the sultry, sweaty R&B of Har Mar Superstar, Louisville-based trap prodigy Jack Harlow, the light-hearted indie-rap of Michael Christmas, experimental Palestinian producer Muqata’a (known as the godfather of underground hip-hop in Ramallah), and traditional Ghanian musician King Ayisoba. On top of that, the festival welcomes poet, activist and soulful singer-songwriter Tasha, handpicked by our guest curator Julien Baker, Ian Blurton’s Future Now, the latest righteous offering from the national treasure (C’mon, Change Of Heart, Public Animal), and indie-rocker turned electronic sensation Graham Van Pelt (Miracle Fortress, Think About Life). These acts join already announced artists such as guest curator Julien Baker, Japanese Breakfast, JPEGMAFIA, Le1f, Hop Along, Bully, Oblivians, Man Or Astro-Man?, Cate Le Bon, The Messthetics, Fly Pan Am, William Basinksi, Kid Congo Powers + the Pink Monkey Birds and many, many more.

As always, this year will feature plenty of local Calgary talent as well, including post-punksMelted Mirror, industrial noise outfit DRI HIEV, riot grrl favorites The Shiverettes, alternative dream-rockers Lashes, and the fast-paced indie licks of Sunglaciers. This is rounded out with the fuzzy 90s love letter of Paradise, the smooth flow of hip-hop veteranSinzere, the seasoned indie rock stylings of Clinton St. John’s Ig Bo Lyn, stoner rockersChron Goblin, experimental electronic act Corinthian, and 80s-influenced synthwave band NETRVNNNER.

They are also having two Korean bands joining this year’s festival: the psych-rock of DTSQ, and the electro-pop trio numnum. For those who prefer the indie side of things, we’re adding anybodys, Blessed, Blue Odeur, The Garrys, Jo Passed, Lemongrab, Marlaena Moore, Motherhood and Sister Ray. On the rockier end, we’re happy to have Big Evil Rat, EXITS, Gym Tonic, Life In Vacuum and Wine Lips. For fans of electronic, experimental and hip-hop, join us in welcoming Justin Wright, Leucrocuta, Lex Leosis, Matthew Cardinal, Natural Sympathies, Physical Copies and Psychic Pollution.

The complete lineup, including 180+ more bands, as well as comedy, film, art and special events will be announced in the coming months.

SLED ISLAND 2019 PASSES & TICKETS

Sled Island passes grant access to all Sled Island 2019 shows (subject to capacity) and are currently available at SledIsland.com, Sloth Records (736B 17th Ave. SW) and Lukes Drug Mart (112 4th St. NE).

A limited number of single tickets to newly-announced Sled Island 2019 shows will go on sale this Friday, March 22 at 12:00pm MST online and at these same outlets.

Discovery Pass ($214): Our first recommendation for anyone wanting the full Sled Island experience! Access to all Sled Island events (250+ bands, comedy, film and art), subject to capacity.

Discovery Plus Pass ($366): The ultimate Sled Island experience! Priority access (subject to capacity) to all Sled Island events (250+ bands, comedy, film and art), artist lounge access, a Sled Island 2019 t-shirt, tote bag, limited edition screen-printed poster and more!

All-Ages Pass ($40): Exclusively for attendees under 18 years of age! Access more than 50 all-ages events for the price of a single show ticket.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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