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Going To Rifflandia

I'm going to a festival in Victoria, BC starting today for the weekend. The venues are various bars and clubs around Victoria, and the main stage is Royal Athletic Park. It should be pretty cool. It's a good local festival in its fifth year, and the acts they are already attracting are impressive. It is still based around a core of local artists, many of the big names being from the Vancouver/BC area.
1Christopher Arruda
God Hates A Coward


This guy is actually from my hometown of Nanaimo and a bunch of us know him. Pretty great stuff in the singer-songwriter style. His live show is really good and last time I saw him he did a really really good Nine Inch Nails cover.
2DJ Shadow
Endtroducing.....


One of the acts I am most excited for, and he is also playing at Market Square which I'm hoping could be a great venue.
3Kode9 and the Spaceape
Black Sun


Kode9 - UK dubstep legend, owner of Hyperdub records.
4Killer Mike
R.A.P. Music


time conflict with Kode 9, picking the dub obviously
5Brasstronaut
Mount Chimaera


Good local band that mixes in elements of jazz. I saw them before once and the highlight of the show was definitely the electric clarinet.
6The Flaming Lips
Embryonic


I'm very impressed that this Vancouver Island based festival managed to get The Flaming Lips, as the crowd will be no more than 7,000. Anyway, I am very excited to see these guys, more so because when I saw them at Sasquatch 2011, they didn't deal with their 2 hour timeslot well, and didn't play half of what they meant to. Being, arguably, the main act of the festival, I imagine they will be able to play for as long as they feel they need to.
7Lunice
One Hunned


One half of TNGHT. Should be a sick show.
8Fucked Up
The Chemistry of Common Life


Toronto based hardcore band. They conflict with Lunice though and I'm not the hugest fan.
9The Jezabels
Prisoner


Australian Indie Pop band, pretty good snag from the organizers at Rifflandia.
10Dan Mangan
Nice, Nice, Very Nice


This guy has become one of my favourite artists over the past couple of years, and the fact that he's from Vancouver is a bonus. I'm really excited to finally see him live. More people should really listen to this guy, check this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9wgN7_-sPU
11Cake
Fashion Nugget


I've not actually heard this band but I've heard good things.
12Sloan
The Double Cross


None of us really care to see this, but still hey look Sloan!
13 L-Vis 1990
Neon Dream


Conflicts with the next band. Josh and Denise will rave out here, will I fuck off to Alix Goolden Hall for...
14The Antlers
Undersea


yayyyyyy. I saw them before at Sasquatch and they killed it. Seeing them in a small indoor venue will be cool. I hope they play Endless Ladder from the new EP.
15Current Swell
Long Time Ago


A local band I've seen at a small festival before. They were very good, I haven't listened to any of their music though.
16The Head And The Heart
The Head And The Heart


Another good local band, should be a good show.
17Hey Ocean!
Stop Looking Like Music


Yet another good local band. I'm really excited for this one though, cause I think they might do a cover of my favourite Arcade Fire song.
18Reggie Watts
Why Shit So Crazy?


why indeed
19Everlast
Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford


I don't really know who this guy is but I guess I'm seeing him?
20Mother Mother
O My Heart


One of the leaders of the local indie rock scene, Mother Mother are a band that are actually getting quite popular. I've liked all their music so far, but the single for the new album is pretty bad. Anyway, I've seen them three times already and they always put on a fun show, so this will be a good way to close the festival.
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