Sled Island 2014: Initial Headliners Announced

by Aaron Vanimere on March 7, 2014

Neko Case @ The Edmonton Folk Music Festival, 2013. Photo by Aaron Vanimere

When the Sled Island festival was cancelled last year due to the flood, there were a lot of questions about the future of the event. It was disappointing to miss performances from the likes of The Jesus & Mary Chain, but even more concerning was wether this institution that had become so important to Canada’s music scene would be able to recover. Sled has been one of the highlights of my year for the last few years, and I’m glad to see that it has picked up right where it left off.

The initial list of headliners is incredible. Spiritualized has long been one of my favourite bands, and the type of act that seemingly would only come to Alberta for festival like this. Bob Mould has played in two legendary bands (Hüsker Dü and Sugar), and his newest album, 2012′s Silver Age, holds up next to his best work. Touché Amoré’s 2011 release Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me has probably been one of my most-played records of the last few years, and I thought Chelsea Wolfe’s Pain Is Beauty was one of the better releases of 2013. Few bands are as fun to see live as Rocket From The Crypt.

This is without mentioning the likes of Neko Case, St. Vincent, The Joel Plaskett Emergency, and Rhye, beloved by many contributors to the yegmusicclub. In all honesty, the acts yet to be announced could all be doing 8-hour synth jams about the Siddhartha and it would still be worth the trip to Calgary for the festival.

For tickets and more info, go to http://www.sledisland.com/. For my coverage of the festival for this blog in 2011, go here: http://yegmusicclub.com/2011/07/sled-island-2011/

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