Sappyfest previews 2023 lineup

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Sappyfest – your favourite independent music and arts festival – has announced the first seven musical acts slated to perform at this year’s festival running August 4-6 in Sackville, NB.

Matt Carter 

Sappyfest is quite possibly the most unique festival on the entire New Brunswick summer calendar. Where else would you find a historic city block (OK, a town block), cordoned off for three days and transformed into a performance venue, community hangout, and a living art gallery with some of the most prominent emerging and established musicians and visual artists on the Canadian scene? Nowhere but Sackville, New Brunswick, in August, in the summer. 

Sappyfest organizers have long held their fingers on the pulse of independent Canadian music, often hosting artists on a stage in the middle of Bridge Street a year or two before they’re playing the biggest stages in the country. Their ability to program artists on the cusp of breakthrough popularity have made the phrase, “I saw them a Sappy,” a point of patron pride to many. 

In advance of this year’s complete lineup announcement, Sappyfest has announced the first round of performers tapped for the 2023 event happening August 4-6. These include Divine Right, Flour, Love Language, Mother Tongues, Nico Paulo, Sluice, and Witch Prophet.

Early Bird Weekend Passes for Sappyfest 18 are on sale now at

Watch for more artist announcements in the weeks ahead.

Photo: Witch Prophet c/o

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