Black Angels, Pussy Riot Among Headliners Announced for Sled Island 2020

Calgary’s Sled Island is always one of the most anticipated indie music festivals in Canada. The festival opens up the summer season with an impeccably curated lineup that is focused more on discovery than splashing out for big name, quasi-mainstream headliners.

This year is no exception, with the huge announcement of some heavy-hitting headliners. At the top of the list, Austin’s neo-psych giants, Black Angels, lead a diverse and dizzying first wave that also includes: radical Russian feminist punks, Pussy Riot, the expansive, genre-bending R&B of this year’s guest curator, Sudan Archives, the otherworldly free jazz of Sun Ra Arkestra, progressive black medalists Liturgy, No Wave pioneer Lydia Lunch RETROVIRUS, and the sultry soft rock of Australia’s Alex Cameron, among many others.

The announcement also includes several contemporary indie favourites, including catchy punks Diet Cig, perfect Scot poppers Sacred Paws, the inventive hip hop of Delly, electronic boundary-melters JOYFULTALK, and post-punk bruisers Control Top.

Not to be left behind, Sudan Archives comes with her own, incendiary curated lineup that includes: experimental hardcore trio Show Me The Body, soulful R&B artist SassyBlack (formerly THEESatisfaction), free-form jazz drumming extraordinaire Jamire Williams, Toronto-based electronic infused hip-hop artist Sydanie, transgressive avant-garde harpist/vocalist Ahya Simone, SoCal soft rock sensation Los Retros, Sudanese electronic mastermind Sufyvn, and the mind-bending experimental electro-pop of Daddy (formerly Cat 500).

For those in Calgary, Sled Island is hosting a free “But I Don’t Know Any of The Bands!” party tonight, Wednesday, February 26 at Home & Away (1207 1st St SW) from 5 – 10 pm to celebrate the lineup and play songs from all the bands announced so Calgarians can familiarize themselves with any unknowns and start the process of discovery.

200+ more bands, comedians, visual artist and films will be announced throughout the spring. Sled Island descends on Calgary from June 24-28 this year. For more information, full initial lineup details and to buy passes, visit SledIsland.com.

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