The Phillips Backyard Concert Series is upon us and Phillips Tilt 2023 takes place Friday July 7 to Sunday July 9, 2023.
Normally we like to focus on just local acts in our previews but with only 16 acts we thought, why not just profile the whole lineup? What do the artists sound like at a live show? Read on and check out the YouTube videos below.
Passes for Phillips Tilt are available at phillipsbackyard.com
Friday July 7, 2023
Skye Wallace is a singer-songwriter and guitarist based in Toronto. Her latest album ‘Terribly Good’ was released last fall. Her bio says that ‘a live show from Skye and her band is guaranteed to make you let loose and feel something.” Wallace last performed in Victoria opening for Matt Mays in 2019.
Pastel Blank is an alt-rock/funk band from Victoria. They performed at last year’s Phillips Glitter Bomber as well as Rifflandia 2022 and on the roof of the Yates Street Parkade for the Eventide Music Series finale. Get ready to start dancing during their set.
Neal Francis is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist influenced by classic New Orleans artists. His music has 1970s era soul, R&B, and disco vibes.
JJ Wilde is a Juno Award winning rock singer from Kitchener Ontario. She was the first woman to win the Juno for Rock Album of The year in 25 years for her 2021 album ‘Ruthless’. Wilde performed at Laketown Shakedown 2022 and had her own headlining show at Capital Ballroom.
Los Angeles indie rockers Lord Huron headline day 1 of Phillips Tilt 2023. Their music combines western, folk rock, rock and roll, pop melodies, and the surf rock genres with soundtrack and new age influences. In 2019 they opened for Arkells at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
Saturday July 8, 2023
Nicky Mackenzie is a Vicotria-based singer-songwriter originally from Salt Spring Island. Her music style is influenced by the likes of Alicia Keys, Joss Stone and the late Amy Winehouse. Mackenzie performed at both Rifflandia’s Electric Avenue and the Phillips Implosion Implosion in 2022 so she’s no stranger to the Phillips Backyard.
Missy D is a bilingual hip hop/soul artist from Vancouver. She recently performed at Laketown Shakedown in Lake Cowichan Sunday, July 2nd and also at Rifflandia’s Electric Avenue in 2022.
NADUH are an all-female R&B/Hip Hop group from Vancouver. The group formed in 2020 and already received a Western Cananadian Music Awards in 2022 for R&B Artist of The Year.
Fleece are a Montreal-based LGBTQ+ indie rock band. Some may recognize Jameson Daniel as a member of Victoria’s Downtown Mischief. Fleece gained some notoriety in their early days after a video they posted in 2015 about ‘How to Write an Alt-J Song‘ went viral garnering 13 million views.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids
First Nations hip hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids return to the Phillips Backyard after performing at last year’s Tilt festival. That performance ended with Yung Trybez and Young D in the middle the Phillips loading bay with the audience in a circle around them. Their show this year is likely to be just as energetic and engaging.
DJ Pee .Wee
Anderson .Paak is coming to Victoria, but under his DJ Pee .Wee alter-ego performing an all vinyl DJ set. From photos and video we’ve seen online he also performs on a drum kit and has had a trumpet player with him on stage. Will he wrap or sing as well? There’s only one way to find out.
Sunday July 9, 2023
Trophy Dad are a rock band from Victoria. Some may recognize frontman Nevil Meyer from behind the bar at The Duke Saloon and Darcy’s Westshore. Their bio says “If Friday was a band, it would be Trophy Dad. Prepare for a good time as they open up the final day of the festival.
Haley Blais is a singer-songwriter from Vancouver.
Whitehorse are a Hamilton, Ontario based folk-rock band featuring husband-and-wife duo Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland. Their on stage interactions with each other are one reason they’re fun to see live. They were last in Victoria at the All Ways Home Festival in 2021.
Sudan Archives is a Los Angeles violinist and singer-songwriter. This year she has performed numerous major music festivals including Coachella, BottleRock and Glastonbury. She was last in Victoria opening for Future Islands at Capital Ballroom in 2018.
Toronto indie-folk artist Bahamas will close out Phillips Tilt. He’s clearly a favourite of Victoria concert goers having performed to large audiences at Rock The Shores and The Phillips Backyard Weekender in the past and also a sold out show at The Royal Theatre in 2021.