Bestival

UK music fest Bestival coming to Toronto Islands

Bestival, a UK music festival with a "summer of love" meets renaissance fair vibe, has announced its moving over the Atlantic and embracing Toronto's already bulging music festival market June 12-13, one weekend after Field Trip returns to Fork York, one week before NXNE, and just over a month before Bonnaroo's offspring WayHome Festival launches its first year near Barrie. This is just getting ridiculous.

The line up for the Isle of Wight Festival's Toronto version is TBA, but the UK installation's September line up includes some interesting stuff amid the regular fare, from The Chemical Brothers to Dean Blunt. The festival told the New York Times they'll be building a temporary space on the island to hold up to 20,000 people daily.

Last year NXNE had a successful time running their own boats to and from Vice Island, and while All Caps is gone, Electric Island throws regular summer parties across the water - but this will be the largest event on Toronto Islands since Virgin Festival.

Tickets to the four day UK Fest aren't cheap (200 British pounds is nearly 400 Canadian dollars), but we'll have to wait and see how much gouging the promoters think they can get out of already festival saturated (see 2014's stacked summer) Ontario fans.

Will you be shelling out to dress up as a hippie like it was the mid 90s again to see a bunch of bands and hang out in a yurt? Let us know in the comments.

Photo by Victor Frankowski via onthewight.com


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