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Pre­pare your­self! The first wave of Sled Island 2020 artists is here! 

The incred­i­bly diverse sounds of this year’s line­up include the torch-bear­ing neo-psy­che­delia of The Black Angels, the rad­i­cal polit­i­cal fem­i­nist protest music of Rus­si­a’s Pussy Riot, the genre-burst­ing, bound­ary-push­ing exper­i­men­tal R&B of Sled Island’s guest cura­tor Sudan Archives, the out-of-this-world free jazz of the leg­endary Sun Ra Arkestra, and the beau­ti­ful ambi­ent sound­scapes of Nivhek, the new project from Grouper’s Liz Har­ris. On top of that, we have the spir­i­tu­al drone met­al of OM, the sul­try soft rock croon of Aus­trali­a’s Alex Cameron & Roy Mol­loy, the unde­ni­ably pro­gres­sive black met­al of Litur­gy, and the No Wave pio­neer­ing, fierce­ly poet­ic punk rock of Lydia Lunch RETRO­VIRUS.

In addi­tion to these influ­en­tial per­form­ers, we are also joined by some of today’s most excit­ing artists, includ­ing the infec­tious and infi­nite­ly hum­ma­ble indie-punk band Diet Cig, Scot­tish pur­vey­ors of per­fect pop ear worms Sacred Paws, fea­tur­ing mem­bers of Shop­ping and Gold­en Grrls, incred­i­bly inven­tive hip-hop artist Del­ly, the intense and brash post-punk trio Con­trol Top and the bound­ary-push­ing elec­tron­i­ca of JOY­FULTALK, who will be accom­pa­nied by a live string sec­tion for a very spe­cial per­for­mance cel­e­brat­ing the release of their new album A Sep­a­ra­tion of Being.

Each year, Sled Island’s guest cura­tor helps to shape the festival’s pro­gram­ming through their own curat­ed selec­tions. This year, Sudan Archives has hand­picked an incred­i­ble col­lec­tion of tal­ent, includ­ing the ban­jo-wield­ing exper­i­men­tal hard­core trio Show Me The Body, the soul­ful R&B artist Sassy­Black (for­mer­ly of THEESat­is­fac­tion, now defunct), free-form jazz drum­ming extror­di­naire Jamire Williams, who has col­lab­o­rat­ed with every­one from Solange to Her­bie Han­cock, Toron­to-based elec­tron­ic infused hip-hop artist Sydanie, trans­gres­sive avant-garde harpist/​vocalist Ahya Simone, 19-year-old SoCal soft rock sen­sa­tion Los Ret­ros, Sudanese elec­tron­ic mas­ter­mind Sufyvn, and the mind-bend­ing exper­i­men­tal elec­tro-pop of Dad­dy, for­mer­ly Cat 500

On top of the out­stand­ing musi­cal acts revealed today, we’re also very excit­ed to announce two hys­ter­i­cal com­e­dy head­lin­ers, Joe Pera (Adult Swim’s Joe Pera Talks To You) and Jo Fire­stone (Shrill, The Tonight Show Star­ring Jim­my Fal­lon). Sled Island’s com­plete 2020 line­up, includ­ing addi­tion­al head­lin­ers, over 200 more bands as well as com­e­dy, film, visu­al art, spe­cial events and con­fer­ence pro­gram­ming will be announced in the com­ing months. For now, start dis­cov­er­ing this year’s line­up with our Sled Island 2020 Spo­ti­fy Playlist.

Sled Island pass­es grant access to all Sled Island 2020 shows (sub­ject to capac­i­ty) and are cur­rent­ly avail­able at SledIs​land​.com, and keep in mind that today is your last chance to save 15% on Sled Island 2020 pass­es! Prices jump at mid­night MST tonight! A lim­it­ed num­ber of sin­gle tick­ets to select Sled Island 2020 shows will go on sale Feb­ru­ary 28 at noon MST at SledIs​land​.com.