EFMF ENews – March 2022 – Early Artist Announcement

** Just Announced – The National will play the festival on Saturday, August 6. 

The War on Drugs, Allison Russell, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Lord Huron, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and The National to perform at the 2022 Edmonton Folk Music Festival.

We are delighted to announce these artists, and look forward to releasing the full lineup in May. 

“I believe this will be one of the most exciting lineups in the history of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival”
– Terry Wickham, Producer

Full lineup announced Wednesday, May 25, tickets on sale Saturday, June 4.


Buffy Sainte-Marie has spent her whole life creating, and her artistry, humanitarian efforts, and Indigenous leadership have made her a unique force in the music industry. She is an icon who keeps one foot firmly planted on either side of the North American border, in the unsurrendered territories that comprise Canada and the USA. Buffy Sainte-Marie will open the festival on Thursday August 4.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have become one of the most recognizable new forces in contemporary roots music. Their combustible mix of soul and rock quickly cemented them as the rare generational band who balanced ecstatic live shows with engrossing and rich records. The band released their third studio album The Future at the end of 2021. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats take to the EFMF mainstage on Thursday August 4.

Grammy Award winning The War On Drugs plays the Edmonton Folk Music Festival on Friday, August 5. The New Yorker called them “the best American ‘rock’ band of this decade.” Their fifth album  I Don’t Live Here Anymore, released in late 2021 has received great critical acclaim. A very welcome EFMF debut.


Allison Russell’s new album, Outside Child, received three Grammy nominations this year (Best American Roots Performance; Best American Roots Song; Best Americana Album). Outside Child is her first solo offering, she also being a pivotal voice in two bands: Birds of Chicago and Our Native Daughters.
Allison Russell plays the Mainstage on Saturday August 6.


The National

The National treat rock music as a salve. For over two decades, they’ve crafted songs that set out to navigate a hurting world, creating a space where dispirited souls can unite and raise a toast to another day. In that time, they’ve grown a lot as artists and songwriters, evolving from an underdog indie outfit into one of the most adventurous and influential bands of our time, with an impact that’s reverberated through the worlds of alternative rock, avant-garde classical composition, and even Top 40 pop. The National play the festival on Saturday August 6.


Lord Huron combines influences to produce a novel sound described by The Wall Street Journal as having “a decidedly cinematic flair, heavy on mood and evocative imagery”. Their fourth and most recent album Long Lost was released in May 2021.
Lord Huron closes the festival on Sunday night, August 7.


The health and safety of all festival participants is top priority coming back this year. The Board of Directors have adopted a dynamic pandemic policy that will remain subject to change, and we’ll keep you up to date as the festival approaches.

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