Rifflandia Music Festival

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Rifflandia Music Festival is a four-day multi-venue music festival held in Victoria, British Columbia. With no fixed date, the festival has occurred in the month-long span between the last weekend of August and the last weekend of September. Rifflandia was first launched on August 29, 2008.

Rifflandia also includes Artlandia, the War Child Lounge, and publishes an annual magazine. Local brewery and sponsor Phillips Brewery also produces a Rifflandia beer, Rifflandabrau, sold around the festival's time.[1] The festival is staged by a local production company, Atomique Productions, and is sponsored by local businesses and various members of the media.

History[edit]

2016[edit]

Line-up[edit]

Thursday, September 15[edit]

Night Stages:

  • Illvis Freshly
  • The Good Guys
  • The Beatnuts
  • De La Soul
  • Andrew Judah
  • Goodwood Atoms
  • Little India
  • The Tourist Company
  • DJ Wood
  • Vespers
  • Shylow
  • Moontricks
  • DJ Jetts
  • DJ Surgery
  • DJ All Good
  • Bryx
  • Lovecoast
  • Joy District
  • Baskery
  • The Windowlickers
  • Spaceport Union
  • Wishkicker
  • No Liars
  • Dante Hadden
  • Maverick Cinema
  • Familiar Wild
  • Terence Jack
  • Yuk Yuk's Comedy Winners
Friday, September 16[edit]

Night Stages:

  • Sweetleaf
  • Pigeon Hole
  • Bomba Estéreo
  • Keys N Krates
  • En Noir
  • Miami Nights 1984
  • Hodge
  • Goldfish
  • Jeremy Loveday
  • DJ KWE
  • Shane Koyczan
  • Hello Moth
  • Groenland
  • We Are The City
  • Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
  • Vince Vaccaro
  • I M U R
  • Windmills
  • Youngblood
  • Hot Panda
  • Rafferty Funksmith
  • Burning Rainbow
  • The Gaff
  • Dunks
  • Akela + Tedder
  • Kirtay
  • Bullet Bill
  • Kid Kurse
  • Grizzly Timbers
  • San Felix
  • Dralms
  • Peach Pit
  • The Villanovas
  • The Prettys
  • Malahat
  • Mesa Luna
  • Bocce Avocado
  • Mu
  • Caveboy
  • Stetson Road
  • Fintan O'Brien
  • Genevieve and the Wild Sundays
  • Relaxation Sounds + Lil Halo
  • Neon Annex
  • Hermit
  • Noscar
  • Kyross
  • Zoo Riots
  • Mouth Breather
  • Kermode
  • Astrocolor
  • Ivan Decker

Main Stage:

  • The Choir
  • Bomba Estéreo
  • X Ambassadors
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead

Rifftop Tent:

  • Grossbuster
  • The Elwins
  • Lee Scratch Perry
Saturday, September 17[edit]

Night Stages:

  • A DJ Called Malice
  • Lucas Dipasquale
  • John River
  • Classified
  • Vortoozo
  • Levi Hawk + Jay Somethin'
  • Dirty Radio
  • Prozzäk
  • Pif Paf
  • Groenland
  • Caveboy
  • Operators
  • DJ KWE
  • Daniele Mereu
  • Rennie Foster
  • Aux 88
  • Derrival
  • Kaylee Johnston
  • Fake Shark
  • JPNSGRLS
  • DJ Low
  • Applecat
  • Juice
  • DJ Shub
  • DJ Arktic
  • Primitive
  • Ganjoid
  • Ghostwhip
  • Big Little Lions
  • Morning Show
  • The Katherines
  • Royal Wood
  • Railtown Sound System
  • Wooden Horsemen
  • Dope Soda
  • Entagados
  • Phonosonics
  • Frankie
  • Khari Wendell McClelland
  • Sohpia Danai
  • Tami Neilson
  • Madness Blooms
  • Big Little Lions
  • Eshe Nkiru
  • Fvde
  • Bbnos
  • Immerze
  • Czech Royalty
  • The Carlines
  • Lovers Touch
  • Zoubi and the Sea
  • The Wild Romantics
  • Leland Klassen

Main Stage:

  • The Choir
  • No Sinner
  • The Zolas
  • Coleman Hell
  • Band of Skulls
  • Jurassic 5

Rifftop Tent:

  • Fox Glove
  • Moontricks
  • Band of Rascals
  • Tennyson
  • The Beatnuts
Sunday, September 18[edit]

Main Stage:

  • The Choir
  • Chance Lovett & the Broken Hearted
  • Fruit Bats
  • Jesse Roper
  • Wolf Parade

Rifftop Tent:

  • Fallbrigade
  • Astrocolor
  • Darcys
  • Shane Koyczan & the Short Story Long
  • Del the Funky Homosapien

2015[edit]

Line-up[edit]

Thursday, September 17[edit]

Night Stages:

Friday, September 18[edit]

Night Stages:

Main Stage:

  • The Choir
  • The Dears
  • Arkells


Rifftop Tent:

  • Blonde Redhead
  • A Tribe Called Red
Saturday, September 19[edit]

Main Stage:

  • Young Empires
  • Brave Shores
  • Plants and Animals
  • Big Data
  • Tokyo Police Club
  • Modest Mouse

Rifftop Tent:

  • The Choir
  • Dirty Radio
  • Sticky Fingers
  • The Zolas
  • Neon Indian
  • Kiesza
Sunday, September 20[edit]

Main Stage:

  • Vic High R&B Band
  • The Walkervilles
  • Jesse Roper
  • Hollerado
  • Joey Bada$$
  • Mother Mother

Rifftop Tent:

  • The Choir
  • Grounders
  • Tacocat
  • Emancipator
  • Julian Casablancas + The Voidz


2014[edit]

Line-up[edit]

Thursday, September 11[edit]

Night Stages:

Friday, September 12[edit]

Night Stages:

Main Stage:

  • Reuben and the Dark
  • We Are Scientists
  • Airbourne
  • Serena Ryder

Rifftop Tent:

  • The Glorious Sons
  • Born Ruffians
  • Dragonette


Saturday, September 13[edit]

Night Stages:


Main Stage:

  • Choir Choir Choir
  • The Choir
  • Head of the Herd
  • Le Butcherettes
  • The Airborne Toix Event
  • The New Pornographers
  • Death Cab For Cutie

Rifftop Tent:

  • Kytami
  • Bum
  • Latyrx
  • Dum Dum Girls
  • Rusko
Sunday, September 14[edit]

Main Stage:

  • Zeus
  • Dear Rouge
  • SonReal
  • To Be Announced
  • Girl Talk

Rifftop Tent:

  • Vic High R&B Band
  • Lowell
  • Lightning Dust
  • Keys N Krates
  • Half Moon Run


2013[edit]

Line-up[edit]

Friday, September 13[edit]

Night Stages:

Saturday, September 14[edit]

Main Stage:

  • No
  • Mounties
  • Classified
  • Courtney Love

Side Stage:

  • Easy Star All-Stars
  • Z-Trip
  • Current Swell

2012[edit]

For its fifth year, Rifflandia built on the success of the Royal Athletic Park as a flagship venue, while also using night stage venues, including the return of the Market Square stage.[2] Rifflandia V occurred on September 13–16. Headlining the festival was the Flaming Lips, Sloan, Cake, and Mother Mother.[3]

Line-up[edit]

Thursday, September 13[edit]

Night Stages:

Friday, September 14[edit]

Main Stage:

Side Stage:

Night Stages:

Saturday, September 15[edit]

Main Stage:

Side Stage:

Night Stage:

Sunday, September 16[edit]

Main Stage:

Side Stage:

2011[edit]

In 2011, the fourth-annual Rifflandia restructured its venues and the festival-going experience by including the Royal Athletic Park as the flagship venue, with eight additional evening venues. The new location allowed for a main stage and side stage, as well as a partnership with local food and drink vendors,[4] and the introduction of Rifflandia Cinema. Rifflandia IV occurred from September 22–25. The night venues included Alix Goolden Hall, Phillips Brewery, Club 9One9, the Victoria Events Centre, Lucky Bar, Metro Theatre, Wood Hall and Sugar Nightclub. The line up included City and Colour, Broken Social Scene, Cold War Kids and Mother Mother.[5]

Line-up[edit]

Thursday, September 22[edit]

Night Stages:

Friday, September 23[edit]

Main Stage:

Side Stage:

Night Stages:

Saturday, September 24[edit]

Main Stage:

Side Stage:

Night Stages:

Sunday, September 25[edit]

Main Stage:

Side Stage:

2010[edit]

The third Rifflandia Festival featured a record 165 artists over four days at 11 festival stages with approximately 3,500 attendees from September 23–26. Rifflandia III also introduced "Win!landia," a treasure hunt city-wide across Victoria, and Artlandia, an art showing in partnership with White Hot Magazine.[6]

Line-up[edit]

Thursday, September 23[edit]
Friday, September 24[edit]
Saturday, September 25[edit]
Sunday, September 26[edit]

2009[edit]

Rifflandia II grew with 2,500 people in attendance, with over 80 artists and more venues. Rifflandia Magazine was first published for Rifflandia II.[7] The festival was held from September 24–27. The venues included Sugar Nightclub, Element Nightclub, Alix Goolden Hall, Metro Theatre, Market Square, the University of Victoria’s Vertigo, Lucky Bar, and the Strathcona Rooftop.

Line-up[edit]

Thursday, September 24[edit]
Friday, September 25[edit]
Saturday, September 26[edit]
Sunday, September 27[edit]

2008[edit]

The inaugural Rifflandia started as a three-day festival from August 29–31, with seven stages, 65 artists and approximately 1,500 people in attendance.[8] The venues were organized in a showcase style [9] and included Alix Goolden Hall, Element Nightclub, Logan’s Pub, Lucky Bar, McPherson Playhouse, Royal Theatre, Smith’s Pub, Sugar Nightclub and the Strathcona Rooftop.

Line-up[edit]

Friday, August 29[edit]
Saturday, August 30[edit]
Sunday, August 31[edit]

Artlandia[edit]

Artlandia is the art component of Rifflandia. It was launched in 2010 with Rifflandia III in partnership with White Hot Magazine, featuring a variety of artists in different galleries near and during the time of the festival. For 2012, Artlandia included the Live!Stock poster show and Headspace.[10]

War Child Lounge[edit]

The War Child Lounge was first launched during Rifflandia III in 2010. It features intimate acoustic performances from artists performing that year. All donations from the sets go directly to War Child Canada. Past performers include Hey Rosetta!, USS, Mother Mother, Jets Overhead and Melissa Auf der Maur [11] In 2012, War Child Lounge featured Luluc, Current Swell, Rich Aucoin, Family of the Year, Hey Ocean!, Mother Mother and Frazey Ford.[12]

Rifflandia Magazine[edit]

The first edition of Rifflandia Magazine was published for the 2009 festival. It is a free publication published annually since 2009 that features profiles on the artists playing, a festival schedule and map. It also includes details on other Rifflandia events, like Win!landia, Artlandia, War Child Lounge, and Wristband Connect. In 2012, the magazine also included a Rifflandia passport and fortuneteller.[13]

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