Sled Island announces second wave of 2016 artists

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The Sled Island Music & Arts Festival is thrilled to announce its second wave of 2016 artists.

The tenth annual festival sets itself apart from the pack by presenting a thoughtfully-chosen lineup of music, comedy, film and art in more than 35 venues throughout Calgary, Alberta each June. The artists announced today represent just a sample of the 250+ bands that will descend on the festival from June 22 – 26, 2016.

Joining an already stellar lineup are Brooklyn kings of psych and drone Oneida (who will share a bill with previously announced post-punk band Protomartyr), experimental sludge-doom band SubRosa, new lo-fi pop project of Hunx and His Punx frontman The Seth Bogart Show, California punk weirdos together PANGEA, tongue-in-cheek garage-rock four-piece Chastity Belt, breezy Montreal pop group TOPS, recently-reformed and much-loved indie rock project Land of Talk (who will join Sled Island’s outdoor Olympic Plaza bill on June 25 featuring Guided By Voices, Built to Spill, SUUNS and more to be announced), slow-burning folk experimentalist Circuit Des Yeux, metal-inspired noise-rock favourites Crosss, frenetic free jazz group JOOKLO ZAPPA (featuring Stanley Zappa, nephew of Frank Zappa) and East Coast pop hero Shotgun Jimmie.

As previously announced, Sled Island is proud to welcome provocative musician/producer/filmmaker/performance artist Peaches as 2016 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. Peaches’ just-announced selections include otherworldly electronic beat-maker Planningtorock, smart-mouthed hip-hop party-starter Cakes Da Killa, razor-sharp New York rapper Junglepussy, bold Baltimore club trailblazer TT The Artist, ferocious physical performance duo Hyenaz and hot and heavy electro-pop artist Vice Cooler (who will open for Peaches at Flames Central on June 25). Additional selections will be announced in the coming weeks.

Even more artists announced today include Astral Gunk, BLANKA, Davachi/Smith, Feed Dogs, Fountain, The Highest Order, HSY, Johnny De Courcy, Marlaena Moore, Máscaras, Partner, Shearing Pinx, Sightlines, Yes We Mystic and Zad Kokar.

Sled Island is also proud to showcase hometown acts Blu Shorts, Crack Cloud, Form, Lab Coast, Numenorean, PMMA and Slo Dance.

Previously announced acts include guest curator Peaches, Guided By Voices, Deafheaven, The Sonics, Angel Olsen, Built To Spill, Julia Holter, Tortoise, Protomartyr, Psychic TV, Health, SUUNS, Dawn of Midi, New Bomb Turks, Radioactivity and Duchess Says.

Sled Island’s complete 2016 lineup, including comedy, film and visual art programming, will be announced in April.

Media interested in covering the festival can now apply for press credentials here.

Sled Island passes, which grant access to all Sled Island shows (subject to capacity) are currently available at Single tickets to select shows are also currently available at

Tickets for newly-announced shows will go on sale via on Friday, March 25 at 10:00am MST.

Discovery Pass ($199 CAD ≈ $152 USD): Access to all Sled Island events (250+ bands, comedy, film and art), subject to capacity.

Discovery Plus Pass ($349 CAD ≈ $267 USD): All the benefits of a Discovery Pass, plus priority access to all Sled Island events subject to capacity (skip to the front of lines!), Artist Lounge privileges, a Sled Island delegate bag and more!

All-Ages Pass ($50 CAD ≈ $38 USD): Just for attendees under 18, an All-Ages Pass offers full access to Sled Island’s all-ages venues.