Your first look at Sled Island 2017 is here!
Our stunning first wave of 2017 artists includes beloved metalcore pioneers Converge (who will perform an intimate show at the #1 Legion), noise-rock phenoms Cloud Nothings, raw indie-rock songwriter Waxahatchee (who will perform a special solo show at the Central United Church), minimalist indie-rock legends Low, influential electronic experimentalist Silver Apples, atmospheric black metal band Wolves in the Throne Room and folk-pop songwriter Weyes Blood.
Ethiopian jazz great Hailu Mergia will make a stop at the festival, as well as grindcore band Daughters, recently-reformed and much-loved indie rock project Land of Talk (who return to Sled Island after a memorable show at the festival last year), avant-chamber ensemble Thor & Friends (the latest project of eye-popping percussionist and Sled Island alum Thor Harris), plus experimental metal band EX EYE (featuring avant-garde saxophonist and Sled Island alum Colin Stetson).
Additional bands joining the lineup include indie-folk group Mothers, intoxicating doom project King Woman and frenetic post-punk band New Fries.
Last month, we were excited to announce visionary producer, rapper, DJ, label owner and filmmaker Flying Lotus as 2017 guest curator. Flying Lotus’ curatorial selections will be announced in the coming months, along with other festival acts, including additional headliners.
Special thanks to Josh Holinaty for this year's incredible poster art!
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New for 2017! Sled Island's annual raffle is now available online. Even if you're already planning on attending Sled Island 2017, consider purchasing an entry (or three)! Proceeds help keep us going all year long.
Enter for a chance to win:
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The first huge moment of the Sled Island 2017 season is upon us. We are ecstatic to announce that visionary producer, rapper, DJ, label owner and filmmaker Flying Lotus will be joining us as guest curator of this year's festival!
Each year, Sled Island’s guest curator puts their stamp on the festival through special programming choices and with their presence at the event. Flying Lotus’ curatorial selections, to be announced in spring 2017, will join over 250 additional bands, comedy acts, films and visual art projects chosen by the festival in more than 35 venues across Calgary from June 21 - 25, 2017.
In addition, Flying Lotus will perform at The Palace Theatre (formerly Flames Central, 219 8th Ave. SW) on June 24, 2017. Sled Island passes grant access (subject to capacity) and are currently on sale at SledIsland.com, Sloth Records (736B 17th Ave. SW) and Lukes Drug Mart (112 4th St. NE). Single tickets will be available in spring 2017.
To celebrate the news, we’re offering Sled Island 2017 Discovery Passes, Discovery Plus Passes and Sampler Packs at a special semi-early bird rate of 15% off until March 13, 2017!
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