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31 shots of Paris Hilton and other day two Rifflandia performances (PHOTOS)


Paris Hilton made her Victoria debut last night on the second day of Rifflandia’s Electric Avenue!

The iconic DJ, designer, influencer and businesswoman was spectacular and made the evening so magnificently special to so many, but she was far from the only jaw dropping performance last night.

The Base 2 stage in the Phillips Brewing Loading dock was a completely different experience than the first night, featuring bands from tip to tail of day two.


A local band Pony Gold, who happened to be The Zone @ 91-3’s Band of the Month for August 2023, kicked things off at 6 p.m. on Base 2 and were a country western outlier on the day. 

For the folks in attendance who wanted some different flavours aside from seeing DJs, this was the perfect band to get things going.

Their three-part harmonies rang out over Electric Avenue and gave everyone the warm fuzzies with their strong love ballads and songs of resilience.

Their debut album Take Me Somewhere  is coming out on September 22nd and it is sure to be on repeat for all fans of alt-country music. 

Pony Gold (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Pony Gold (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Pony Gold (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)

Bleako’s Nuclear Disco were up next, a Vancouver band who made the trip over from the mainland to share their brand of Hysterical, dystopian alt-rock. 

A complete 180 from their country western predecessors but kept things going strong for those who wanted to see bands. 

Fionn, also a band of sisters (twins) took the stage next with an indie-rock performance that was reminiscent of when The Beaches played Phillips Backyard. 

They played a ton of songs off their latest record, I Might Start Smoking, to a jam-packed Base 2 stage.

Next up was Vox Rea, an indie/alternative band from Vancouver fronted by two sisters. 

They had the crowd swooning and swaying, fixated on the powerful players in the band who were glittered up and ready to show Victoria a good time. 

Bleako’s Nuclear Disco (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Bleako’s Nuclear Disco (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Fionn (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Fionn (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Vox Rea (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Vox Rea (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Vox Rea (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Vox Rea (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)

Lafflandia was alive and well once again and was so full of Rifflandians eager to see some of Canada’s best comedians that the stage was completely overflowing by the last performance by local host Emily Woods and renowned pro Arthur Simeon.

Other local hosts included Patricia Ellen and James Boyle, while Dan Duvall, Courtney Gilmour and Ryan Williams had the headlining spots.

Lafflandia has proven to be one of the most popular aspects of this year’s Electric Avenue performances so make sure you don’t miss the last run of comedians this weekend at the Hecklers Pub sponsored stage just beside Base 2.

Arthur Simeon (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Emily Woods (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Ryan Williams (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Ryan Williams (RMS Media)
The day two comedians (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)

The Dome was bumping all night long with people who wanted to dance non-stop to some top-notch talent.

This stage is not for the claustrophobic but if you want to be around people who want to let go of their worries and just move, this stage is the proper spot for you. 

The Dome (RMS Media)
Max Ulis (RMS Media)
The Dome (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Rifflandians enjoying Rifflandia (RMS Media)

The Main Stage had some of the world’s best DJs on Friday — including the iconic queen, Paris Hilton. 

But before Paris got on stage in all her flittery glory, Boogey the Beat, an Anishinaabe DJ kicked things off in really special and meaningful way.

He’s worked with the likes of Halluci Nation and Snotty Nose Rez Kids and he brought that same style to Electric Avenue last night by weaving his contemporary beats with traditional Indigenous sounds. 

Young Bombs were on the Main Stage next and they brought so much energy to the stage.

The duo were running all over stage and sweaty in seconds, but it was all for good reason. They wanted to give Rifflandians the best time and show their prowess as the night’s official good time providers. 

Young Bombs (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Young Bombs(RMS Media)
Young Bombs (RMS Media)

Blossom and A-Trak were on following Young Bombs and they were both incredible in their own right as they got the crowd ready for the Hilton heiress. 

Blossom is born in London and raised in Phoenix and she’s carved herself out a name as one of the premier house DJs in North America and is also an incredibly accomplished producer when she isn’t on the biggest stages in the world wowing crowds. 

A-Trak is from Montreal and is the younger brother of David “Dave 1” Macklovitch, who is one half of the electro-funk duo Chromeo, but he has proven himself as one of the best EDM DJs in Canada on his own. 

He’s appeared on magazine covers, been named a global ambassador of DJ culture and Rolling Stone even named him as one of the top 50 most influential DJs of all time.

People looking HOT (RMS Media)
Blossom (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
A-Trak (RMS Media)
Very stoked crowd (RMS Media)

Paris Hilton. Just wow. 

She came out to 8,000 people screaming in a euphoric chorus and immediately said all her catchphrases: sliving, iconic and of course, that’s hot.

She felt outt the night playing what she thought best fit the vibe, which she insisted was top-notch. She mixed a ton of nostalgic 90s and 00s songs and even got some more contemporary songs in there.

She mixed Charlie XCX, Genuine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Oasis and so many more iconic songs. 

She pranced around the stage dressed in a flashy silver mini dress with her sparkly headphones and matching microphone. 

Rifflandia even organized a custom drone light show during her set, spelling out “Paris” in the night sky over Government Street.

The cherry on the cake of the night was her closing song. She gave the people what they wanted.

She ended her set with the iconic classic, Stars are Blind.

Drone show (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Paris Hilton (RMS Media)
Paris Hilton (Curtis Blandy/Victoria Buzz)
Paris Hilton (RMS Media)

It was a surreal night and felt fake at times, but it couldn’t have been more real and it isn’t over yet!

Today, Saturday, September 9th is the last day of Electric Avenue and it is featuring more bands, DJs, comedians and Run the Jewels is headlining the night. 

Tickets are still available! Get one and get down to Electric Avenue this evening!

Curtis Blandy

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