We’re so excited for Bestival this year, check out our guide for more info…
It’s that time of year again! B-estival season is upon us. Can you believe it’s been a year already? This time last year we at Naked Underground were getting all excited to see Jamie XX, Caribou, Nas, to of-course to join in with a huge Bubble Battle Flash Mob and to get married in a Giant Inflatable Church (as you do). That previous sentence sums up Bestival quite nicely: a crazy party that’ll cover every genre of music around, one were everyone is in costume and you can experience amazing things without even seeing a single artist. This years festival is very dance and DJ orientated, with some premium acts, headliners anywhere in the world (Maya Jane Coles, Joris Voorn, Jamie XX, Porter Robinson). Featuring those acts alongside the dreamy psyche-rock of Tame Impala, the legendary Brit-Pop indie sound of The Cure and you’re going to get a perfect vibe to what promises to be a hazy summer day in Toronto.
This year’s theme is Summer Of Love 2016, one that we expect the hip young kids in this city to fully embrace. Prepare to party like its 1969 and expect to see plenty of leis, circular sunnies, tie-dye galore and cut off shorts as the Age of Aquarius dawns again on Woodbine Park. If you don’t have any costume with you upon arrival never fear, as you can head to The Dress Up Tent. Run by Toronto’s very own vintage store Vintage 69! The theme comes to head in the annual Costume Parade and Party on Saturday night and with the other events happening beyond the music constantly across the weekend.
Saturday June 11th and Sunday June 12th
Woodbine Park – down in the beaches! You can get there via the sweaty Queen Streetcar or an exciting subway ride to Woodbine or Main St station and a lovely bus down to the water.
We love Tame Impala. We got to see the Aussies last year at Massey Hall but can’t wait to experience them in the environment we think Kevin Parker intended his music to be heard in, a giant sun drenched party with an overarching theme of peace, love and happiness. Especially the latest album Currents.
Who isn’t excited for The Cure? The fact that Robert Smith is still going strong in his 60’s is amazing. If you aren’t down at that mainstage on Sunday evening grooving out to ”The Lovecats” and ”Friday I’m in Love” (on a Sunday), then you’ve clearly got some problems.
These boys have been around for a while and are pretty big back in England, their catchy brand of indie pop has given them a lot of success in the charts over the years and we reckon they’ll go down a treat in Canada.
This Seattle duo are the first of some of the many great DJs we’re excited to see this weekend!
Jamie was big news last year. Following the release of his debut album ”In Colour” he played an amazing show at Bestival followed up by a performance at The Danforth Music Hall in the fall. We couldn’t be happier that he’s back again in Toronto.
Art Department is certainly a set worth catching at Bestival this year, if the sun is shining the tunes he’ll be playing are perfect. Fronted by a Canadian, our very own, Jonny White.
One of the worlds greatest DJs playing again in Toronto after his visit last year. Dutch born Joris is definitely one to watch and his own brand of house music will be perfect amongst the backdrop of sun and beach.
!!Naked Underground’s Ones to Watch!!
Toronto native Pusher has started to make a big name for himself in the dance music world. Last year Harrison was the featured local artist and he has gone on to great things so expect the same of Pusher.
Our writer Adam happened to catch the beatboxer Reeps One at Edinburgh Fringe Festival a couple of years ago. He is amazing to see live, even though he’s only beatboxing you feel like you’re listening to a DJ in a club. Must see!
Elliot Vincent Jones
Former Ell V Gore frontman struck it out on his own last year and his debut single Acapulco landed to critical acclaim in January. Expect a big show from him this year at Bestival, with bigger things to come after that.
Another of the local natives in attendance at Bestival this year. Toronto 5 piece Blajk are on the verge of greatness with 2016 set to be their year. Their brand of electro-pop and deeper sensibilities is the sound of now.
What not? Should be the question. Bestival has bloody everything you’d want and need in one festival. We would recommend a trip down to The Inflatable Church, we somehow found ourselves there last year watching an interesting wedding between a woman and a puppet (although we think we did) and it is a feature at all Bestival’s whether England or Canada. The Bollywood Stage is a particular highlight and homage to all things Indian Culture, also featuring some great artists over the two days alongside some amazing pyrotechnics and fireworks. The Cosmic Commune is the centre of everything beyond the music at Bestival this year and I’ll let them describe this:
‘’ Drop by the eccentric centre of all things Beyond the Music! Hosted by the inimitable Silver Elvis, don’t miss his space age rock & roll feats or his sleek silver ride The Rocket Car that will come to life when Elvis is in the building.’’
Featuring the likes of; Shamanic Soundbaths, Harmonium Hypnotism and (our personal fave) Lovelution, presenting Celestial Rain, an Intergalactic Downpour Of Love. Plus they have a load of amazing food trucks provided by the city’s best eateries so you aren’t gonna get hungry or have to eat any shitty food. Whatever you’re into there is bound to be something for you at Bestival.
Why the fuck not? See you on the weekend!