Sled Island announces first wave of artists

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival announces first wave of artists

The Sled Island Music & Arts Festival is pleased to announce its first wave of 2017 artists. The annual festival sets itself apart by presenting a thoughtfully-chosen lineup of music, comedy, film and art in more than 35 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 21 – 25, 2017.

Sled Island’s first wave of 2017 artists includes metalcore pioneers CONVERGE (who will perform an intimate show at the #1 Legion), noise-rockers CLOUD NOTHINGS, indie-rock songwriter WAXAHATCHEE (who will perform a special solo show at the Central United Church), minimalist indie-rockers LOW, influential electronic experimentalist SILVER APPLES, atmospheric black metal band WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM and folk-pop songwriter WEYES BLOOD.

Ethiopian jazz artist HAILU MERGIA will make a stop at the festival, as well as noise-rock and grindcore band DAUGHTERS, recently-reformed 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 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, doom project KING WOMAN and post-punk band NEW FRIES.

Recently, Sled Island announced visionary producer, rapper, DJ, label owner and filmmaker FLYING LOTUS as 2017 guest curator. 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 will be announced in the coming months, along with other festival acts, including additional headliners.

Sled Island passes are on sale at 15% off until March 13, 2017 at the official Sled Island website.

Discovery Pass ($191): 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 ($327): Priority access (subject to capacity) to all Sled Island events (250+ bands, comedy, film and art), artist lounge access, a Sled Island 2017 t-shirt, tote bag, limited edition screenprinted poster and more!

Sampler Pack ($112): Not sure where to start at Sled Island? Let us be your guide! We’ve handpicked nine of the festival’s hidden gems to give you a taste of the Sled Island experience. Show details will be released alongside the Sled Island 2017 schedule in late spring 2017.

All-Ages Pass ($35): Exclusively for attendees under 18 years of age! Access more than 50 all-ages events for the price of a single show ticket.