Rifflandia taste test

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If you’re lucky enough to be attending Rifflandia this weekend, we’ve compiled a list of things you should see. Here are some office favourites from the lineup, and a playlist to get you pumped for the upcoming festivities. If you won’t be in attendance, you can live vicariously through the sounds of the festival from the sanctity of your own home. From headliners to up-and-comers we’ve tried to give you a good variety.

Hilltop Hoods 

This Australian hip-hop band knows how to rhyme. Their high energy beats will keep you going over the semester, and if you get a study break this weekend chase what’s left of the summer and go see them on Saturday at Phillips Backyard at 10:30 p.m.

Head of the Herd

This Vancouver-based band has a unique melodic sound and offers a lively stage performance. Go see them on Saturday at the Royal Athletic Park Main Stage at 1:15 p.m.

Mozart’s Sister

A project by solo artist Caila Thompson-Hannat of Montreal offers dreamy and otherworldly songs and she has some amazing pipes. Her show goes on at 9:30 p.m. at Alix Goolden Hall on Saturday.

Jon & Roy

A Victoria staple, Jon & Roy promise yet another foot-tapping experience that’s sure to please. If you’re new to Victoria this year, head out to their concert on Friday at 11:30 p.m. to get a taste of the local music scene. The show will be happening at the Victoria Public Market.


Vancouver-born violin extremist Kytami is amazing, and something to be seen live. Kytami offers innovative electronic sounds fused with amazing fiddling. Her stage presence itself is worth seeing. See her at 12:30 p.m. at the Royal Athletic Park Rifftop Tent on Saturday.

DJ Applecat

Fusion at its best DJ Applecat or Miss Mya is a Victoria local and plays everything from ’40s jazz to the deepest and darkest of bass. She’ll be dropping beats at 8:30 p.m. in Market Square on Saturday.

Death Cab for Cutie

Unless you’re a hardcore Death Cab for Cutie fan, it’s really only worth listening to “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” so you can relive being a lovesick 13-year-old. But go, sing the chorus of the one song you remember from this band and reminisce about that middle school crush. Catch them at 7:45 p.m. at the Main Stage in the Royal Athletic Park on Saturday.


Listen to these artists and pick your favourites on our SoundCloud page: soundcloud.com/themartlet-1/sets/rifflandia-playlist