First wave of Westward Music Festival 2019 announced, with headliners including Joji, Lissie, and the Paper Kites

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      Westward Music Festival has announced its first round of artists for the 2019 edition of the event, taking place September 12-15 in venues spread across Vancouver's downtown core. 

      Headed to the West Coast for the four-day showcase will be Japan's multi-talented rapper/comedian/producer Joji, Iowa-based singer-songwriter Lissie, Australian new-folk stalwarts the Paper Kites, and Vancouver spawned rock titans Black Mountain. Bandana-sporting MC Leikeli47 will be representing Brooklyn, with the undercard spanning everything from street-level indie (Titus Andronicus and Junglepussy) to dreamy DIY (Owen Pallett) to up-and-coming electro-soul (Busty And The Bass). 

      “We are excited to have Westward Music Festival return in its third year to the Vancouver community, bringing local and international artists to iconic venues such as The Vogue, Imperial and The Biltmore right in the heart of Vancouver,” said Justin Kwan, Director of MRG Concerts. in a press release.  “We are confident that this is our most exciting and energetic lineup to date, and we hope that we can continue to present the city with world class musicians alongside Vancouver’s amazing artists.”

      Imported acts taking part in Westward will also include Mt. Joy, the Wonder Years, Le1f, Ziggy Alberts, and Why?

      As in past years, Vancouver talent will also be strongly represented, this year's list of participating bands including Little Sprout, Harlequin Gold, Bombargo, Chase Your Words, and Casinos. Shows will take place in some of the city's most beloved venues, including the Biltmore, Vogue, and the Imperial. 

      Pre-sale tickets go on sale at noon today through General on-sale begins at 12 p.m. PST on May 1 through and, with hard tickets available at Red Cat Records.