The weather is heating up, summer ’16 is here and so is the music festival season. Sifting through Festival information can be overwhelming in order to find which one would be for your taste in music. We’ve provided a roundup of festivals for you to check out:
NXNE is an interactive music and gaming festival and conference festival. Last year they had the likes of Rae Sremmurd, Shad, Ty$. If you’re a rap/rnb/urban music fan, this is for you. ScHool Boy Q will be the headliner. On the Conference side, the founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell will be a keynote speaker. Some of the top artists include Mstrcrft, Ghostface killer, Mick Jenkins and so much more check them out here.
Electric Island is the continuous danceparty in Toronto they already kicked off their first festival recently (May 23rd
) but the party continues every long weekend until Labor day. What’s noteworthy about this festival is that you can get a season pass and attend 3 times in a year, versus paying for each festival. Acts like Ben Klock Vs. Marcel Dettman, Apollonian Honey Dijon, Dirty Dale, Jeff Button, Koki, and Butrous are listed to be performing on their next date July 1st
Instead of having the festival at the Toronto Islands, Bestival is happening at Woodbine Park this year (thank heavens). Headliners like The Cure, Tame Impala, Odesza, Grimes, Jamie XX and more will be performing. The sound varies, artists like grimes and future are on separate ends of the spectrum. As well to the performers, traditions like their costume party will be executed as well.
Field Trip is the underdog of the festival round up. The two-day line-up that will give you and your family a fun experience. The National, Robyn, July talk, Of Montreal, Santigold, Charles Bradley and much more are said to put fire to the stages. As well there will be a kid’s area with comedy, VR demos, photo galleries & photo-shoots, and food trucks that will keep everyone busy in between performance sets.
4. OVO Fest: July 29 – August 1
If you haven’t gotten your tickets, good luck with purchasing at resale. The OVO fest is one of the biggest annual festivals in Toronto. It’s been moved from the Molson Canadian Amphitheater to the Air Canada Centre to seat more people. Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg are set to perform July 29th. The OVO fest overlaps with Drake’s Summer Sixteen Tour with Future which is on July 30th and August 1st. As usual, expect Drake to bring out surprise special guests.
The TD Toronto Jazz festival has become known as North America’s premier jazz festivals produced annually by Toronto Downtown Jazz, a Canadian registered charity. For jazz lovers, this is a must-see event, performers like Sarah McLachlan, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Grace Potter and more will be performing.
Along with Electric Island Digital Dreams is set to up expectations at the Ontario Place location Canada day long weekend. The venue is set to have top EDM artist including Armin Van Buuren, Knife Party, Bass Nectar, Above and Beyond, Axwell & Ingrosso and many more. Hopefully, there will be good weather.
Veld came with the EDM heavy hitters this year. Scheduled on the Simcoe long weekend, headliners like Flume, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, and Kygo will be raging on stage. If you’re an EDM fan this is home. Tickets will sell like hot cakes make sure you scoop yours up before it is too late.
The Mad Decent party is set to be a party for the ages. Mad Decent has a roster of label hit makers like Major Lazer, CL, Xxyyxx, Jauz, What So Not and Riff Raff. The selection offers a variety of dance, urban and some music to two-step to. Though a tad bit different in music taste in a festival the performers bring an infectious energy you will never forget.