British Columbia is bustling with new music festivals

by PopMatters Staff

20 June 2008


RIFFLANDIA MUSIC FESTIVAL August 29 – 31, 2008 Victoria, BC, Canada

Yesterday we told you about the new Whistler Music Festival in the famed British Columbia resort area. Now comes word that lovely Victoria is getting into the act with a brand new music fest of their own from August 29–31, 2008. Yes, the number of festivals this summer is truly staggering. If you’re an indie rock fan in Western Canada or the Pacific Northwest, RIFFLANDIA Music Festival could be for you. More than 60 acts have been announced, including indie faves Black Mountain, The Walkmen, Man Man, and Blitzen Trapper.

British Columbia is bustling with new music festivals

What’s nice about this event is it’s a small (compared to the SXSW behemoth) urban event (no camping for this one). There will be eight venues in downtown Victoria hosting the shows. Given how gorgeous the city of Victoria and the surrounding areas are, this one is well worth attending for folks who don’t happen to live right around those parts.

Here’s what been announced so far for acts and venues and details on tickets…

ARTISTS: Black Mountain, DJ Z Trip, Final Fantasy, Brother Ali, The Walkmen, Man Man, Blitzen Trapper, Handsome Furs, The Beatnuts, The Whigs, Guns N’ Bombs, Sweatshop Union, Tim Finn, You Say Party! We Say Die!, Pride Tiger, Johnny & The Moon, The Upsidedown, ½ Alive, The Blakes, Current Swell, Wood & Soo, Just B, Jon and Roy, Listening Party, Murge, TheSet, JuJu, DJ Longshanks, The Green Hour Band, Lion Thief, Colourbook, Guy Woods, The Paper Cranes, Dreamboat, Away R’io, Vincat, Bloody Wilma, Acres Of Lions, Counting Heartbeats, Growler, Seven Year Old Poets… and many more to be announced.

VENUES: The Royal Theatre, Sugar Nightclub, Logan’s, The McPherson Playhouse, Lucky Bar, Element Nightclub, The Strathcona Rooftop and Smith’s Pub.

The McPherson Box Office
(in person, charge by phone 250-386-6121 or online www.rmts.bc.ca)

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