Published Feb 18, 2011Last year's all-female Lilith Fair was an unmitigated disaster, as the travelling festival cancelled numerous shows on the tour and downsized others. This year, Utopia Festival will hope to have better luck as it brings an impressive selection of female electronic artists to W2 Storyeum in Vancouver.
Taking place on March 5, the event will run for almost a full day, starting at 10 a.m. and lasting all the way until 3 a.m. (don't worry -- wristband holders will get three meals). It will be headlined by Peaches and former Thunderheist vocalist Isis. Also on the bill are Tank Girl, Tanya Tagaq, Cris Derksen, Betti Forde and Blondtron, among others. All of the currently scheduled performers are listed here.
The event will include an evening concert, as well as morning skills workshops, a mobile dance party and an afternoon conference with a keynote speaker Peaches. It will focus on five musical streams: electro, hip-hop, bass, elctro-acoustic and live cinema. You can see the full daytime itinerary here. The daytime activities are open only to women, while the evening concert is unisex.
Utopia Festival coincides with the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. You can buy tickets here as of March 5; evening passes are $26, while full-day wristbands will set you back $50.