Bestival Toronto is back, and they have already announced the first phase of their killer lineup. Headliners Tame Impala and The Cure will be sharing the mainstage over the June 11th & 12th weekend, supported by many other artists such as Odesza, Grimes, Jamie XX, Porter Robinson, Tchami, Madeon, Anna Lunoe, Rob Da Bank, Girrafage, and so much more.
The amount of diversity within the lineup is a much-praised aspect of the festival that draws in people alone. From psychedelic and alternative rock, to the best of house, future, techno, and more; there is something on the bill for everyone. And if you aren’t familiar with certain artists, there’s more than enough time to discover new music before the festival gets here! A lot of the artists that aren’t from Toronto are from the UK, Australia, and the Netherlands, which screams for a ton of underrated talent.
I’ve made a playlist from most of the artists announced so far, so you can check out their sounds and get pumped for the festival!
This year, the festival is being held at Woodbine Park instead of Toronto’s Centre Island – and anyone who went last year understands how thankful we are for that! No more 4 hour waits to get off the island after a long day. Woodbine park will still cater to the beach vibes due to its off shore location! Not to mention Bestival goes all out with its Bollywood temple, costume party & parade, inflatable church, circus troupes, and more. The entire festival last year was decorated to create a cultured eccentric atmosphere. There were hammocks and beanbag chairs for people to relax in the day, jumbo jenga, lots of activities, and the inflatable church was a place for people to celebrate their love and increase the peace! At the end of every night there’s an incredible show of fireworks too.
This festival is all ages, which is pretty cool because last year I remember seeing people bring their toddlers, whom were given noise-cancelling headphones to protect their ears. Yet kids were still seen raging at the back of the Bacardi tent to acts like Flosstradamus, trapping out with their parents. The vibes at this festival are definitely carried over from the UK – so it has a sort of hipster appeal. I did not once look around the festival last year to find a single unattractive person. Everyone was kind to each other, well dressed, had a sense of their own style, and soaked up all there was to offer.
There’s also mini convenience store tents set up, vape tents, activities like crochet and face painting, as well as amazing food trucks like deep fried pierogies and the most amazing Korean chicken I’ve ever had. There were lots of vegetarian and vegan options too – since this festival is all about increasing the peace!
If you’re interested in attending Bestival Toronto this year, you can buy your tickets here, and RSVP to the Facebook event here. This event will be one for the books! Keep checking back at Euphoradio for all your Bestival updates, including phase 2 of the lineup which will likely feature more local acts.
Increase the Peace!
Serafina Thoma – Euphoradio