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Rifflandia Festival Celebrates 10 Years and Does Victoria Proud


This was the day that we were all waiting for. Not only do we get two solid electronic headliners at the main stage, tonight was the night we went to church! Black Tiger Sex Machine became arguably one of the most talked about sets of Shambhala 2017. The trio certainly proved why with their intricate stage show and electric beats, throwing down for a massive crowd of sweaty, dancing patrons.

Other highlights include the homie jam at Lucky Bar featuring Jennay Badger, who came out of the woodwork to deliver an unforgettable opening set. Following was Mystery Headliner, then local legends Illvis Freshly, and finishing off the night was the funky Aussie Slynk! This evening also featured guest performances by Hillary Beckett and Influx Dance, who you may remember from Neon Steve and Friends at Sugar Nightclub (watch that space)!


The final stretch. By this point our whole existence is contingent on making it through this last day because they book Moby for the final act of the festival, and we were definitely glad to! Not for Moby, though. We won’t lie, seeing Moby play a DJ set was not enticing if you were expecting something old school. If you wanted high energy, high octane EDM, the set would have been pleasantly surprising, but for those growing up with Porcelain it was a stark difference.

Beyond that though, Z-Trip put on one of the best and brightest performances of the weekend, including a Little Mermaid sample to go along with the Under The Sea theme of the day. He is truly a performer for the ages. That was it for Sunday, Rifflandia believes in letting people down easy to go gracefully into their Monday, instead of keeping them up again.

All this in Victoria B.C.? We navigated our day jobs and came out on top to have the best time, while also being close to home. It was one of the best ways to close out summer festival season! Share your thoughts and favorite sets in the comments; see ya next year!


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26 years old, with a voracious appetite for bass, dancing, all things art, and a flair for the dramatic, Jamie Gib grew up in the rave scene, having been introduced to electronic music in the late 90s as a small child from his cousin and he joined the rave scene in 2004, and never looked back, A DJ, Promoter, Go-Go Dancer, and writer, Jamie has made his mark on the Vancouver Island scene and beyond, having worked or attended 90% of the festivals on the Pacific North West and has no plans on stopping there. If there's dirty house, drum n bass or glitch hop to be heard, you can bet he's not far behind.

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