After a rocking weekend all around downtown Victoria, the ninth installment of Rifflandia wrapped up on Sunday with an eclectic collection of artists at Royal Athletic Park. Although it was nowhere near the population density we experienced with the capacity crowd for Saturday’s stacked lineup, a healthy throng of festival-goers managed to rally from three nights of partying to see things through to the finish line.

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photo by webmeister Bud

Fallbrigade - Photo by Tyson Elder

Fallbrigade – Photo by Tyson Elder

Fallbrigade- Photo by Tyson Elder

Fallbrigade- Photo by Tyson Elder

The early afternoon sunshine was a boon for a trio of Victoria acts – folk group Fallbrigade, nine-piece soul band Chance Lovett & The Broken Hearted, and crowd favourites Astrocolor. Alternatively known as Weird Party, the group unveiled a revamped electronic jazz fusion sound during their Rifftop Tent set, centred around new addition DJ Neil Cooke-Dallin of the group Righteous Rainbows of Togetherness.

Chance Lovett and the Broken Hearted - Photo by Lindsey Blane

Chance Lovett & The Broken Hearted – photo by Lindsey Blane

Chance Lovett - Photo by Tyson Elder

Chance Lovett – Photo by Tyson Elder

Astrocolor - photo by webmeister Bud

Astrocolor – photo by webmeister Bud

Atrocolor- Photo by Tyson Elder

Atrocolor- Photo by Tyson Elder

Chicago-based folk rock veterans Fruit Bats brought their ramshackle brand of alt country to the main stage, while Toronto-based former art rock quartet The Darcys (downgraded to a duo by founding members Jason Couse and Wes Marskell at the end of 2014) showcased their reinvented danceable alt pop sound, earning consensus positive reviews from the crowd.

Fruit Bats - Photo by Lindsey Blane

Fruit Bats – photo by Lindsey Blane

Fruit Bats- Photo by Tyson Elder

Fruit Bats- Photo by Tyson Elder

The Darcys - Photo by Lindsey Blane

The Darcys – photo by Lindsey Blane

Darcys - Kirsten James Creative

Darcys – Kirsten James Creative

Renowned West Coast spoken word artist Shane Koyczan and his backing band The Short Story Long were moved to the main stage in a lineup shuffle resulting from the absence of Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires (who were sadly forced to withdraw from the festival due to some ongoing health concerns for Bradley), while 80s Detroit techno bass pioneers Aux 88 were a late addition to the Sunday Rifftop Tent lineup.

Shane Koyczan - Photo by Lindsey Blane

Shane Koyczan – photo by Lindsey Blane

Aux 88 - photo by webmeister Bud

Aux 88 – photo by webmeister Bud

Stalwart Metchosin rocker Jesse Roper was upgraded into Bradley’s penultimate main stage timeslot and delivered his usual high energy performance in the midst of a surprise downpour.

Jesse Roper - Photo by Lindsey Blane

Jesse Roper – photo by Lindsey Blane

Jesse Roper - Photo By Kirsten James Creative

Jesse Roper – Photo By Kirsten James Creative

Photo by Kirsten James Creative

Photo by Kirsten James Creative

Jesse Roper - photo by webmeister Bud

Jesse Roper – photo by webmeister Bud

Jesse Roper - Photo by Tyson Elder

Jesse Roper – Photo by Tyson Elder

Jesse Roper and Olympic Medal Rugby 7 players - Photo by Tyson Elder

Jesse Roper and Olympic Medalists – Photo by Tyson Elder

Jesse Roper- Photo by Tyson Elder

Jesse Roper- Photo by Tyson Elder

The rain then subsided as quickly as it arrived, as fans flocked to the tent to check out a time-travelling performance from Oakland underground hip hop icon Del the Funky Homosapien, featuring Hieroglyphics alum Domino on the decks.

Del The Funky Homosapien - photo by webmeister Bud

Del The Funky Homosapien – photo by webmeister Bud

Del the Funky Homosapien - Photo by Lindsey Blane

Del the Funky Homosapien – photo by Lindsey Blane

Del the Funky Homosapien- Photo by Tyson Elder

Del the Funky Homosapien- Photo by Tyson Elder

Celebrated Sub Pop indie rockers Wolf Parade, recently reunited after a 5-year hiatus, closed out the festival in fine fashion. The group had performed a couple small secret shows on Vancouver Island back in May under the pseudonym Del Scorcho, but they were back in a big way to perform for the masses on Sunday.

Wolf Parade - Photo by Lindsey Blane

Wolf Parade – Photo by Lindsey Blane

Wolf Parade - Photo by Lindsey Blane

Wolf Parade – Photo by Lindsey Blane

Wolf Parade - Photo By Kirsten James Creative

Wolf Parade – Photo By Kirsten James Creative

Wolf Parade - Photo by Tyson Elder

Wolf Parade – Photo by Tyson Elder

Wolf Parade - Photo by Tyson Elder

Wolf Parade – Photo by Tyson Elder