Lorde, Charli XCX, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and Cypress Hill are all heading to Victoria for the 2022 edition of Rifflandia Festival
After a four-year absence, Rifflandia Festival will return to Victoria with a frenzied line-up.
It includes unconventional New Zealand singing sensation Lorde, who practically stole the show at Glastonbury earlier this summer.
Also in attendance will be Charli XCX, Lauv, Cypress Hill and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, who recently released their new Line maintenance album inspired by his father.
That’s not all. Russian punk band Pussy Riot, who have enraged Vladimir Putin in the past, are also set to perform, along with Bikini Kill, DJ Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal), bbno$ and the hypnotic Cat Power.
Plus, many BC favorites will be at Rifflandia – Desirée Dawson and Missy D are among them. And did we mention comedy? Lafflandia is presented at the festival this year.
Rifflandia offers two stages in The Park (aka Royal Athletic Park) which is fully licensed and for all ages, as well as the best of Victoria’s food scene, exciting festival gear, vendors and activities.
In Victoria’s Arts and Innovation District, the expanded 19+ Electric Avenue will serve as the main nighttime attraction; featuring the legendary Phillips Backyard and five new stages, including a stunning immersive geodesic dome.
“It’s amazing to bring this event back to the city we love!” Rifflandia President and CEO Nick Blasko said, “Our lineup is exceptional this year, and we are working hard to create an elevated festival experience that celebrates our past while propelling us into the future!
The full schedule and maps are available at rifflandia.com/schedule.
Rifflandia was launched in 2008 and remains one of Western Canada’s oldest large-scale music and arts festivals. From September 15-18, it combines the happy atmosphere of an outdoor party on the grassy grounds of The Park with the urban appeal of Electric Avenue.
One draw is the city itself – Victoria is spectacularly beautiful with gorgeous beaches, lots of history, outstanding restaurants and a vibrant arts and culture scene.
There are few places in North America that can rival Victoria in late summer, which is another reason to head to the provincial capital of Rifflandia.