By Nicole Rutherford
As September rolls along in Victoria, you may notice something different in the air. No, it’s not the influx of students to our fair capital, nor is it the delightful ‘bop’ from those Gary Oaks dropping their acorns on the ground. No, it’s more like a growing vibration; a hum of anticipation sweeping city-wide and it’s accentuated by points of bass-beat rhythms, guitar riffs, tickled-brass trills, and lyrics from all across the world. Yes, it’s that time again: Rifflandia.
The four-day music festival, running from September 13-16, is one of growing reputability that features headliners such as Mother Mother, Cake, Sloan, Band of Skulls, The Flaming Lips, Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis, The Dudes, as well as local bands such as Current Swell and Hey Ocean amongst the 112 performers. Every genre from reggae, to experimental rock, to indie grunge and everything in between is featured in this year’s line-up and will be spread out across nine venues throughout the city.
This year will be the festival’s fifth year, and the amount it has grown since its origin is nothing less than astounding. Starting in 2008 as little more than a pop-up tent in front of the McPherson Playhouse, the event has carved a new niche for itself in Victoria that goes beyond the city’s picturesque tea-time depiction and broadcasts Victoria as a music authority.