Summer is just around the corner, and with that comes the festivals. Sled Island is the annual Calgary festival. Featuring 250+ bands, 35+ Venues and attracting over 30,000 attendees for the span of five days, the festival is an artist’s paradise bringing in various music, comedy and art there is always something for everyone.
The countdown is on for June as the second wave of artists has been released. With this wave, this years curator Deerhoof welcomes Building Confidence Through Play, Leather Jacuzzi, SLATES and more.
Building Confidence Through Play will be traveling from Halifax, NS and bringing their entrepreneurial indie-rock stylings to the festival. This band is getting creative with only three songs out that test the boundaries of fun indie-rock. They either mix vocal combos or throw in random record scratches between their guitar riffs. I’d say check them out on Facebook prior to the festival but the chances of you finding them is going to be a challenge as they opted out for a LinkedIn account instead. With such a small number of songs, this band is a fun one to rock out at the festival.
Leather Jacuzzi are returning veterans and no strangers to the local Calgary punk scene. Hit your turbo-speed and get ready for a revolt and a humorous set. As these guys bring you the three-chords chaos you crave while jamming to songs about latex, piss, and caviar you are bound to leave their set laughing with your anger blown off.
Slates are a no-nonsense kind of band. These post-hardcore guys haven’t been back to Sled Island in a few years, which is surprising as only a few hours drive north to Edmonton. Yet understandable as they have been working hard and are bringing a fresh set of songs from their fourth album, Summery.
All these current artists are joining previously announced Dirty Projectors, Deerhoof, Wye Oak and a ton more. Check out our first announcement for the festival HERE. Sled Island is a major hub for the Calgary music scene and won’t fall short of stunning you. Whether you have the entire week off or a few days, be prepared to not being able to turn a corner without having your ears catch music from nearby venues.
Check out the promotional trailer:
Passes available now online and locally at Sloth Records and Luke’s Drug Mart. With more artists, bands, and comedians to be announced be sure to stay tuned to our “Must See” list closer to the festival.
I’m Phil and 27 years old. I’ve been involved with music as long as I can remember. I’ve worked as a backstage hand, stage crew, street-teamer with Union Events and various labels, been in and out of bands and started my own magazine; Attainable Magazine. In which I focus on band interviews and had the opportunity to sit down with names such as William Control, Real Mackenzies and I Prevail. As well photograph others such as August Burns Red, Silverstein, and Protest the Hero. Though I tend to gravitate towards the heavier styles; punk, metal, hardcore, and so forth. I do end up at any other show I can get too. I originally had gone to university to pursue broadcasting with a minor in photo-journalism but after a year left to continue to purse music on my own terms. If I’m not at a show, I’m either at a record store adding to my ever growing collection. In my free time I also model and practice body-suspension. You can always feel free to contact me on my other social medias.