Interstellar Rodeo

Bringing the music festival to the city


Interstellar Rodeo is coming back to Winnipeg for the second year, making the weekend music festival more accessible for city slickers. 

The festival takes place right inside Winnipeg at The Forks, meaning attendees don’t need to travel far to enjoy a day of live music outdoors from Aug. 12 to 14. 

“It makes it easier for people to make it a part of their weekend without making it a whole shebang,” Sara Stasiuk of Interstellar Rodeo says. 

People can walk, bike or drive down, and enjoy the music with a glass of wine on the grassy hill and then head home to their own bed. 

“We try to make it really easy and really comfortable,” Stasiuk says. 

She says the setup hasn’t changed much from last year because everything ran smoothly and as planned with no major complaints from ticket holders. 

The festival line-up includes more than 20 groups from across North America, including k.d. lang, Neko Case and Serena Ryder. 

“Aside from the headliners, all of the non-Canadian bands have never played Winnipeg before,” Stasiuk says. 

Margo Price, and Thao and the Get Down Stay Down are two performers who haven’t graced the stages of Winnipeg before. 

Stasiuk says many people arrive at the festival to see bands they’ve never heard of before and leave with a new favourite musician. 

Published in Volume 70, Number 27 of The Uniter (June 2, 2016)

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