Sled Island Festival 2020 announces first acts!

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, they 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.