Thursday, July 25, 2024

What you need to know about Rifflandia now that it’s just two weeks away


Iggy Pop, Diplo, Paris Hilton, Chris Lake, Run The Jewels, Herbie Hancock, Salt-N-Pepa, Stephen Marley, Marc Rebillet and that’s just the tip of the iceberg of the over 80 musical and comedy acts coming to Victoria’s biggest music festival, Rifflandia. 

The festival took a four year hiatus as COVID-19 still had a stranglehold on the live music industry but last year, in Rifflandia’s triumphant return, it saw some of the biggest audiences it’s ever seen. 

This year, it’s been split into two separate weekends to double down on the number of headliners they can bring in and give audiences a chance to customize their experience at Rifflandia. 

The festival organizers expect over 60,000 music-lovers from near and far to descend upon the province’s capital for the double weekend of fun.

The full lineup for both the Electric Avenue from September 7th to 9th and the Park from September 15th to 17th is posted on the Rifflandia website, along with maps of the two sites. 

Schedules and this year’s comedians performing at the festival’s Lafflandia stages will be announced closer to the festival along with the vendors and food trucks that will be onsite. 

One newly introduced element to the festival last year was Lovelandia — a space which is available to any and all love birds who want to tie the knot and get married during the festival. 

An ordained minister will be available on Sunday, September 17th at the Park and can do anyone the honour who brings a marriage certificate along with them to the festival. 

All you need to do is sign up, secure your spot, and get ready to make your love official in a way that’s as unique as your relationship.


A brand new addition making its debut this year is the Splifflandia initiative.

Those who enjoy smoking cannabis while watching their favourite bands play will be able to have products delivered to them while inside the festival.

There will be an ordering system onsite with a predetermined delivery point for attendees who are over 19-years-old and would like to partake. 

These orders can be made in advance and festival-goers need only show up at the Splifflandia zone and pick up their product just as if they were getting a cup of coffee. 

The Rifflandia Magazine was released in Late July and can still be found around town at festival partner businesses such as Phillips Brewing, Leopold’s Pub and Cafe Fantastico. 

The magazine provides information and a bio about all the artists playing this year along with the comedians who will be performing. 

The daily costume and attire themes for the festival were announced last week. This year, plan to dress:

  • Electric Avenue
    • Thursday, September 7th – Fuzzy
    • Friday, September 8th – HOT
    • Saturday, September 9th – Neon
  • The Park
    • Friday, September 15th – Vinyl
    • Saturday, September 16th – Sparkle
    • Sunday, September 17th – Summer camp

Last year people really took their themed attire seriously and organizers are really excited to see what attendees will bring this year.

Another new addition this year is Rifflandia’s partnership with Record Shop, a new website developed by a Victoria software engineer who loves music and concerts. 

The website will make a personalized Rifflandia playlist for attendees based on when they are attending the festival and what they want to hear from it. 

It’s an incredibly simple, easy to use tool to get prepped and ready for this year’s Rifflandia lineup. 

The countdown is on and there are only two weeks until some of the biggest names in music arrive to entertain the music-lovers of Victoria. 

Single day tickets and passes are still available online, here

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