After flooding devastated Calgary this past June, forcing this festival to shut down 2 days early, Sled Island has just announced that they WILL return in 2014, after being flooded once again, by support from fans, bands, and the community. The dates are set for June 18-22. I my self decided to forgo my refund for this festival when I was asked, on the conditions that they promised to do what ever they could to bring back Thee Oh Sees, as they didn't have a chance to perform at the festival due to its premature closure. I was told that John Dwyer said he'd play for free if he had to. I know I'm likely the only person on this board who will be attending, but I'll keep it updated in an attempt to lure anyone sitting on the fence with this fest.
Last year the festival started on a Wednesday, where I saw Colin Stetson, Swans, Suuns, a few local garage rock bands, and Iceage (who I shared a cigarette with before and after the show, nice kids, only spat on my shoes once). Thursday night was spent in one venue where the I saw July Talks, The Beets, and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (bucket lister). It's a perfect Roo hangover cure, and I'm almost more excited about this fests return than I am for Bonnaroo. 250 bands, 30 Venues, 5 Days. What are you doing after Roo!
I my self decided to forgo my refund for this festival when I was asked, on the conditions that they promised to do what ever they could to bring back Thee Oh Sees, as they didn't have a chance to perform at the festival due to its premature closure.
Kathleen Hanna is the first Guest Curator to be announced.
"Nobody rains on our parade! Thanks to the overwhelming support of our community, including attendees, artists and our numerous partners, The Sled Island Music and Arts Festival returns following the devastating Alberta floods that caused the cancellation of the 2013 edition of the festival just two days into its four day program. Facing losses of up to $200,000, nearly 70% of Sled Island pass holders chose to forgo or re-invest their pass purchase to ensure the festival’s long term viability. Sled Island will be back in 2014, bigger and better than ever!
Today we're thrilled to announce the 2014 guest curator, Kathleen Hanna (The Julie Ruin, Le Tigre, Bikini Kill), celebrated musician, feminist activist and zine writer. Each year, the guest curator helps to set the direction and tone of the festival through specialized programming choices and with their presence at the festival. Past curators have included: John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees), Tim Hecker, Andrew W.K., Colin Newman (Wire), Fucked Up, Scott Kannberg (Pavement) and more. As long-time admirers of Hanna’s work across artistic media, the festival couldn’t be more excited to see the shape the festival takes with her thoughtful input."
I don't know what to expect in terms of the line up this year. It's gonna be tough to match toast years line up after loosing so much money, I'd have to imagine, but I've been assured that find raising efforts for this fest have exceeded expectations, and a good portion of people who bought full weekend passes last year also opted to not receive a refund.