Saturday, May 18, 2024

Rifflandia announces Ja Rule and REZZ to headline Friday’s lineup


After two of the biggest renditions of the Rifflandia in Victoria, the festival has announced what day one of three will sound like this year between Friday, September 13th, and Sunday, September 15th.

Friday’s headliners this year will be Canadian DJ REZZ and iconic American hip-hop and R&B legend, Ja Rule. 

Ja Rule was one of the biggest names in music throughout the 2000s and garnered himself several Grammy nominations and has worked with the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man Redman, Nas and Ashanti, with whom he collaborated several times. 

He was also one of the founders of the Fyre festival, which became a renowned and notorious disaster and has since been the subject of several documentaries. 

REZZ is the moniker of Isabelle Rezazadeh who is a Ukrainian-born Canadian DJ hailing from Niagara Falls, Ontario. 

She has been producing and DJing since 2013 when she was signed to deadmau5’s record label. In 1017 she rose to prominence in Canadian electronic music with her album Mass Manipulation, which earned her a Juno Award for best electronic album.

REZZ’s sound has been described as mid-tempo bass, mechanical, industrial and menacing. 

Amongst the other artists announced, there is a real mix of genres being represented, with pop star Slayyyter, 90s R&B legends C+C Music Factory, Canadian alternative rock icons Tokyo Police Club, underground indies the Born Ruffians, local rock n’ roller Garret T. Willie, Vancouver DJ Nostalgix and more! 

Rifflandia also noted in their Instagram announcement of Friday’s lineup that comedy will be a big part of this year’s festival once again via the Lafflandia stage.

According to Rifflandia, there will be four stages, including Lafflandia, that this year’s acts will be playing throughout the new site on the Matullia Lands in Rock Bay.

The new site is adjacent to Phillips Brewing’s backyard where the festival used to take place.

“We are thrilled to be breaking new ground at the Matullia Lands and announcing our first of three daily lineups, nearly one month ahead of last year.” Nick Blasko, President & CEO, Rifflandia Entertainment Co.

Rifflandia says that the Saturday’s lineup will be announced on May 9th and Sunday’s lineup will be announced on May 30th. 

Right now, tickets are on sale at “Tier 1” prices, with the cost of tickets only going up. The next price increase will take place on Friday, April 19th when “Tier 2” pricing comes into effect. 

Rifflandia Festival is one of the longest running large-scale music and arts festivals in Western Canada having operated since 2008. 

Past iconic musical icons have graced the Rifflandia stage, such as Iggy Pop, Run The Jewels, Lorde, Moby, Charli XCX, Post Malone, Courtney Love, Paris Hilton, and so many more. 

What do you think of the lineup so far? Let us know in the comments!

Curtis Blandy

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