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The Electric Highway Festival Returns in 2023
The Electric Highway was one of the first festivals to be shut down at the beginning of the pandemic. Everyone watched as things unfolded, struggling to comprehend that life as we knew it was being suspended as the world started to lock down. What we all thought was going to be a short-term, temporary measure dragged on for months.
Many months later after much uncertainty with health and travel restrictions as well as personal health issues for one of the festival organizers, The Electric Highway is finally a go! The festival returns to Calgary, AB, Canada as a 3-day event on March 23, 24, and 25, 2023. The full event will take place at Dickens in downtown Calgary.
Dickens has been a cornerstone in the Calgary live entertainment scene for the past 16 years. With great food, terrific atmosphere, friendly staff and one of the best stages in the city, Dickens hosts many live music events including Terminus Festival and various Sled Island events. The Electric Highway is excited to be working with Dickens to make this event a great experience for bands, expo vendors and most of all festival attendees.
A big thank you to FACTOR Canada for the support via a festival restarting grant. After the pandemic cancellation and financial losses, the boost has really allowed the festival to continue and move forward.
Buckle up for The Electric Highway Festival!
Three days of killer bands, rad artists and fuzzy vibes at Dickens in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The 2023 edition of the festival focuses on Desert rock and metal, Doom, Sludge, Heavy Psych and has expanded to include some punk and hardcore bands as well.
The 2023 lineup brings an electric offering of bands including some of the bands previously booked for 2020 and new acts to replace bands that were unable to attend this year or are no longer in existence. The festival features Californian headliners Sasquatch, one of the festival’s past favorites, laying down their brand of fuzzy, kick-ass Desert Rock & Heavy Psych with direct support from Vancouver’s La Chinga returning for their 4th appearance on Saturday night. Black Mastiff returns to headline Friday night with Calgary’s Gone Cosmic and HypnoPilot headlines the Thursday show with support from Citizen Rage. These are just a few of the wicked bands that will be playing at The Electric Highway. The full lineup can be found below.
3 Day Festival Pass holders can pick up their wristbands at Dickens at any time during the event. Pre-order merch sales will also be available for pickup throughout the weekend too. Don’t be disappointed. Order your merch ahead of time.
The Electric Highway Official Lineup:
Saturday/Festival headliner: Sasquatch (Los Angeles, CA) with direct support from La Chinga (Vancouver, BC)
Friday Headliner: Black Mastiff (Edmonton, AB/Vancouver, BC) with direct support from Gone Cosmic (Calgary, AB)
Thursday Headliner: HypnoPilot (Lethbridge, AB) with direct support from Citizen Rage (Calgary, AB)
All other festival bands are:
Brown Dwarf (Red Deer, AB)
Buffalo Bud Buster (Calgary, AB)
Destroy My Brains (Lloydminster, AB)
Empress (Vancouver, BC)
Father Moon (Calgary, AB)
Garuda (Cranbrook, BC)
Hombre (Calgary, AB)
Iron Tusk (Siksika, AB)
Molten Lava (Vancouver, BC)
Musing (Calgary, AB)
No More Moments (Siksika, AB)
Owls & Eagles (Calgary, AB)
Set & Stoned (Crossfield, AB)
Space Queen (Vancouver, BC)
Tebby & the Heavy (Edmonton, AB)
The Astral Prophets (Calgary, AB)
The Basement Paintings (Saskatoon, SK)
The Sleeping Legion (Winnipeg, MB)
Full daily lineups will be released on February 9, 2023.
The Electric Highway is a fully immersive festival experience and offers much more than just music. The festival also features an art & vendor exposition during all three days at Dickens, March 23 – 25, 2023.
Festival passes go on sale Wednesday, January 25 at 10am MT. Check www.TheElectricHighway.ca to purchase and for more festival information.
All tickets and pass holders will be receiving instructions by email on how to transfer their 2020 tickets for 2023 ones. As well, all vendors will receive an email to confirm their attendance. Anyone that cannot attend this year – both ticketholders and vendors – can transfer their attendance to a future year.
We look forward to bringing this festival to you, and can’t wait to see everyone in March!
Advance 3-day Festival Passes are $75. Advance passes go on sale 10am MT on January 25, 2023 until March 22 or while quantities last.
Regular Festival Passes are $95 at the door if quantities are available.
Limited 2-day passes will be on sale from February 13 until March 22 or while quantities last.
Advance single-day tickets will be available from March 1 to March 22 or while quantities last.
Watch for corporate packages coming soon. Please contact us immediately if you would like to customize a package.
Please note: All ticket/pass holders from the canceled 2020 Electric Highway can redeem their tickets and passes for 2023 Festival tickets and passes or can choose to hold on to them to use at a future edition of The Electric Highway. You must contact the Festival via email to arrange the transfer of your passes before attending the festival. We are holding spots for all previous pass holders until February 28, after that tickets and passes are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Social Media Links:
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High Voltage TV
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Business partnerships and sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact theelectrichighwayfestival[@]gmail.com for more information.
The Electric Highway Returns!
The Electric Highway was one of the first festivals to be shut down at the beginning of the pandemic. We watched as things unfolded, shocked that all our hard work and great bands we had lined up were in jeopardy. None of us had any idea of what was about to occur as the world started to lock down.
Many months later after much uncertainty with health and travel restrictions as well as personal health issues for one of the festival organizers, we were able to rebook.
The Electric Highway will take place in Calgary on March 23, 24, and 25, 2023.
We will be announcing the lineup for the Electric Highway over the next 2 weeks. You can expect to see some of the bands from 2020 and some new acts to replace bands that were unable to attend or are no longer together. In addition, we will be giving you all of the other details such as venues, all ticket and pass options, festival merchandise presales, and more.
All tickets and pass holders will be receiving instructions on how to transfer their 2020 tickets for 2023 ones. As well, all vendors will receive an email to confirm their attendance. Anyone that cannot attend this year – both ticketholders and vendors – can transfer their attendance to a future year.
We look forward to bringing this festival to you, and can’t wait to see everyone in March!
Festival Passes and Single Day tickets are available.
Grab yours HERE.
Huge thank you to all our Media Partners! These ar the publications that help make the festival happen. Go to the sponsor page to link to all of them!
Thank you to our Sponsors and Business Partners! We definitely could not do this without all of you! Go to the Sponsor Page to link to all of them.
It’s Line-up Time!
#BuckleUp baby, The Electric Highway is excited to announce our inaugural lineup! We wanted to put something special together for our first trip on the Highway and with over 20 bands in two daze, we think we have done exactly that…
Day One, Friday, April 17th Wo Fat from Dallas, Texas will be returning with their brand of Psychedelic Heavy Blues to headline night one, and we are flying in their bro’s in DUEL to share the stage with them that night too! Also laying waste to Friday night are BC’s Buzzard & CHUNKASAURUS, coming all the way from Portland, Oregon we have Hippie Death Cult & LáGoon, joining us from Montreal is PINK COCOON, and representing our amazing local scene will be Father Moon, Locutus, Row of Giants and The WORST.
Then on Day Two, Saturday, April 18th bringing the fuzz from California, we are STOKED AF to welcome back the mighty Sasquatch to headline our whole party. As for the rest of Saturday, it just wouldn’t be a party without Vancouver’s La Chinga on the bill, along with local faves Gone Cosmic, Bazaraba, and Shadow Weaver from Calgary, Crossfield, Alberta’s Set & Stoned, Hemptress from Kamloops, BC, The Sleeping Legion from Winnipeg and rounding out our first lineup, from Saskatoon, The Basement Paintings.
The Electric Highway is taking place at the Royal Canadian Legion #1 in downtown Calgary, AB, Canada on April 17 & 18, 2020. Tickets go on sale at 10am MDT on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at https://theelectrichighway.ecwid.com/.
The Electric Highway 2020 —> www.facebook.com/events/1346173098884903/
The Electric Highway Kickoff Party—> www.facebook.com/events/809469542830729/
The Electric Highway Pinball Tournament —> www.facebook.com/events/2408742202725992/
The Electric Highway Arts Expo & Market —> www.facebook.com/events/476224713238363/
“All Roads Lead to the Electric Highway”
The 420 Music & Arts Festival is now The Electric Highway!
After careful consideration, we have decided to change the name of the festival to The Electric Highway. When we came up with the concept for the festival in the fall of 2016, legalization was only an idea and we had no idea what impact that would have on our festival. One would think that legalization would be positive, however, it has been more of a headache and hindrance for the festival on many levels. Between FB permanently shutting down some of our ad accounts to cumbersome government-imposed rules and regulations limiting what we could do, and various other limitations standing in our way, we made the decision to change.
The festival will still have the same focus and overall format in a new venue – Royal Canadian Legion #1 – in downtown Calgary. The art expo and marketplace will be fully integrated into the festival. We will continue to bring in great music acts from Canada, the US and around the world. We can focus on the growth of the festival without being limited in any way and still provide all our guests with a great experience.
Be sure to follow the page——> The Electric Highway and share it with others. Watch for the launch of the website coming soon as well as early bird passes going on sale soon and the announcement of the full festival line up within the next few weeks. We look forward to continuing this journey with you on The Electric Highway!
Special thanks to Mike Calhoun of Sketchy Intuitions for doing an amazing job creating our new logo. (He was the artist behind the Year 2 Sasquatch poster.) He definitely went above and beyond on this and we are so grateful
We are pleased to announce that we have found a new home for the 2020 Edition of the Festival!
We are taking the festival to a whole New Level, April 17 & 18, 2020 at the Royal Canadian Legion #1. The historic #1 Legion is located right in the heart of downtown Calgary, Alberta at #116, 7th Ave SE. The #1 Legion has amazing C-Train access, cheap underground parking and is surrounded by hotels of every level. The #1 Legion also gives us two rooms that can feature music, three bars to keep you hydrated and full restaurant service. There is also a large space for the vendor expo too. Everything we have ever wanted all under one roof! Super EXCITED and more news brewin’ too…