Nothing makes me want to talk about sunshine good times more than a 2 foot dump of snow! This summer there are a tons of awesome music festivals coming our way, and if you’re a keener like me you are planning on buying early bird passes to save some serious cash. Although lineups aren’t live yet, the scheduled dates are, so get your calendar and pen ready because I’m about to hit you with the best music festivals of 2017!


Phillips Backyard Weekender

July 7-9, 2017

Although the lineup has yet to be released, you can purchase your tickets at the early bird rate of $75.00 early. Last year’s headliners included Milky Chance, The Funk Hunters, and A Tribe Called Red.


Vancouver Island MusicFest

July 14-16, 2017

With tickets ascending in price as time goes, you can purchase now at a rate of $179 per adult until June 1st. The lineup is live so you will have no surprises. Prepare for Bruce Cockburn, Emmylou Harris, DahkaBrahka, Enter the Haggis and many more of your favourite artists.


Rock the Shores

July 21-23, 2017

Early birds pay $125 admission for this fun filled weekend! No lineup as of yet, but think City and Colour, Metric, Current Swell and the Arkels – those were your headliners last year. With a track record like that, you’re in for a real treat in 2017.



August 3-6, 2017

The island’s best country music festival is in the Cowichan Valley! Prepare to pay $249 for this weekend of bliss. The lineup is live, so get psyched to see Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Brett Kissel and more! Yeehaw!


Victoria Symphony Splash

August 6, 2017

Our music list just wouldn’t be complete without our summertime tradition- Victoria’s Symphony Splash! Head on down to the Inner Harbour on August 6th to see a breathtaking performance from a floating stage. When the performance concludes, you can take in the incredible fireworks show!



September 14-17, 2017

$100.00 early bird passes are now on sale for my very favourite festival of the year, Rifflandia! Last year’s lineup included Coleman Hell, Prozzak, Band of Skulls, Jesse Roper and Jurassic 5. My favourite part about this festival is the number of artists and venues included. You can wander all over downtown to different venues to take in different genres of music. The Artists range from local talent to high profile stars. There is something for everyone here!

Now, I know it isn’t an instant fix, but if you find yourself getting the winter blues, perhaps book yourself some summer fun to look forward to!


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