The first ever Interstellar Rodeo blasted off last summer with superb music, inspired wine pairings, and overall good vibes at Edmonton’s beautiful Hawrelak Park. Thanks to your overwhelmingly positive feedback from last year, we’re encouraged to do it all again. We can finally say, “This ain’t our first rodeo!” We’re absolutely thrilled to present to you a star-studded line up of some of the finest musicians and songwriters we know and love.
This year’s Interstellar bill offers music lovers a chance to see some of the hottest bands and solo artists out there today, including Alabama Shakes and Serena Ryder, who are riding high on breakout years. Sarah Harmer and M. Ward also top the bill, two songwriters who epitomize artistic vision and enduring creativity. And closing out the weekend is Steve Earle and The Dukes, an Americana icon who has captured our hearts and minds over an impressive and long-term career.
Interstellar Rodeo 2013 welcomes a host of musical mavericks, outlaws and rogues of all stripes. Kicking off the festival is Edmonton legend Jr. Gone Wild, who announced their reunion just in time to be added to the bill. Six Shooterers Danny Michel (with the Garifuna Collective), the Deep Dark Woods, the Good Lovelies, and former Six Shooterers Elliott BROOD have joined the party, as well as local heroes and long time friends Shout Out Out Out Out. Our pals the Skydiggers, CR Avery, and Mike Plume, as well as American up-and-comers Kurt Vile and John Fullbright, are all making the trek to Edmonton, guaranteeing a weekend packed full of memorable musical experiences. These are artists who blaze their own trails, defy expectations and make music that transcends genres.
There are two new musical features this year. The Interstellar All-Stars (Sunday, July 28), is a one-day-only “songwriter supergroup” (complete with full rocking backing band) featuring Jim Cuddy, Danny Michel and Quique Escamilla. The All-Stars idea grew out of a recent showcase presented by the Americana Music Festival, where these three distinct artists learned each other’s songs and put on such a show that we had to ask them to do it again. The Interstellar All-Stars is Six Shooter’s spin on the classic workshop concept.
The second new feature is motivated by our desire to present as many artists as we can in one weekend, on only one stage. Interstellar Rodeo 2013 introduces the Interludes, short sets spotlighting a collection of incredible singer-songwriters. This year’s Interludes performers are Amelia Curran, Del Barber and Rachel Sermanni. In all, 23 artists will grace the Interstellar stage.
Many thanks to our returning patrons, volunteers, and sponsors. Together, along with newcomers to this year’s festivities, we’ll make Interstellar Rodeo 2013 a weekend to remember.
Where it is.
Interstellar Rodeo takes place at the Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park in the heart of the City of Edmonton.
How to get there.
There is limited parking in the Park (about 900 spots).
We will have a FREE SHUTTLE available throughout the festival. We are looking at changing the drop-off/pick-up points from last year, so please stay tuned while we sort this out.
Please do not drink and drive.
Start + finish times:
Friday: Gates open at 4:30, music starts at 6:00 pm, last call at 9:30 pm, concert ends at 10:00 pm.
Saturday + Sunday: Gates open at Noon, music starts at 12:30 pm, last call at 9:30 pm, concert ends at 10:00 pm.
The box office at Hawrelak Park opens one hour before gates: Friday 3:30pm and 11 am on Saturday & Sunday.
We accept debit cards, credit cards, and cash.
What should I bring?
The venue has approximately 1200 permanent seats that are covered, and room for 2500 on the surrounding lawns (uncovered). You may bring short, festival chairs (maximum leg height allowed is 8”. Regular height lawn chairs are not permitted) or blankets to sit on. Tarps are not permitted. Come prepared for changing weather. Umbrellas are permitted.
Can I bring my own beer?
You are not allowed to bring in alcoholic beverages — our license allows only the consumption of beverages we are serving. We will have beer, wine, scotch, coolers, and margaritas, and they can be enjoyed anywhere in the Amphitheatre. Empty, refillable containers are allowed…if there is a question about the content of the container, we will have to empty it out before admission (you can re-fill water once inside the gates). No coolers or glass containers are permitted.
What about food?
You are permitted to bring food. Please note, however, we will have plenty of food vendors on site serving a variety of delicious items.
I like to dance. Is there a dancing section?
Yes! In fact, we encourage people to enjoy the concert right in front of the stage (dancing or just standing). Please note: if there are a lot of people on the dance floor, the first few rows of seating won’t be able to see the stage. If you want to enjoy the concert from your seat, choose seats a few rows back from the front.
Is there an ATM? Yes.
What is the toilet situation?
The venue has indoor, flush toilets. We will also have a number of portable toilets in case the line ups get too long.
Is there a kids’ area?
No, we do not have the space to accommodate an area especially for children. However, once you have your wristband, you are able to come and go as you please and enjoy the rest of Hawrelak Park.
What are your policies for disabled seating and access?
The park and the Amphitheatre are fully accessible, and we will reserve a covered area for disabled and seniors. If you require a caregiver, we will admit that caregiver free of charge. Arrangements for this must be done over the telephone at 1-855-465-2459.
Are cameras allowed?
Yes, amateur photos are permitted, unless we are notified otherwise by the artist. Any photos that are taken can be for personal use only. Please respect the audience and the artist when snapping your shots. In order to use professional cameras, such as those with detachable lenses, you must get a media pass for the use of that camera.
Can I use video or audio recording devices?
We cannot authorize the use of audio/video recording due to artist copyright issues. If you wish to record a performance, you must get written permission directly from the artist.
Are pets permitted?
Apart from service dogs, pets are not permitted on site.
May I refund my ticket?
Tickets are refundable only in the instance of the entire event being cancelled. Individual artist cancellations will not trigger event cancellation. If one occurs, we will do our best to bring in a replacement artist of similar marquee value. The festival runs rain or shine.
Is this an annual event?
Yes. Next year’s dates are July 25-27, 2014.
Still have an unanswered question?
Drop us a line at info [at] interstellarrodeo [dot] com or call us at 1-855-465-2459.