Let the planning begin! Sled Island is thrilled to release the full 2012 festival schedule featuring over 200 genre-defying and jaw dropping live bands performing across 30 venues in Calgary, AB from June 20 - 23, 2012.
Beyond the festival's headliners performing at Olympic Plaza, the festival includes dozens of unique and intimate performances at every turn. Sled Island's iconic venue, the #1 Royal Canadian Legion, offers two floors of the best emerging and established local talent alongside national and international acts including The Sadies, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet and NoMeansNo, for an end-of-the-night party. Sonic Youth member Thurston Moore joins YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN at the beautifuly-restored Theatre Junction GRAND on June 22, while Tim Hecker and CFCF perform at the stunning Hillhurst United Church on June 21.
With so many amazing shows going on every night, you'll find relief in knowing that several bands, including Shabazz Palaces, Boris, Duchess Says, are performing multiple times throughout the festival.
Motivational speaker and party master Andrew W.K.'s curatorial work is at hand throughout the festival. He's brought along Aleister X, a white face-painted, Brixton-born dancehall goth, Baby Dee, a celebrated performance artist, harpist and smoky cabaret singer songwriter, Bad Brilliance, a gloriously ludicrous, ball-headed dance party, MAGAS, who is a one-man-party unit, SNAKATAK & Tessa G. (of Tayisha Busay), with their glitter and confetti-fueled choreographed electro and finally, Devon Sproule, the Canadian space-folk songstress. Local guest curator Danny Vacon's (The Dudes, Dojo Workhorse, HighKicks) picks include 90's indie icons Archers of Loaf, Vancouver-based prog rock stars Bend Sinister, NY's anthemic rockers The Hold Steady and East Coast Canada's hidden gem Shotgun Jimmie.
Festival passes are available for $199 for the Festival Discovery Pass, $349 for the Festival Discovery Plus Pass and only $50 for an All-Ages Pass via the Shop. Olympic Plaza Tickets are available for $45 plus fees per day at Ticketmaster and select retail outlets. A limited amount of Single Show Tickets, including a few additional shows going on sale this Saturday, June 2 at 10am, are available at Prime Box Office and at Sloth Records. Walk up Tickets will be available for all Sled Island shows (except Hot Snakes at Dicken's on June 21) subject to venue capacity during the festival.