Bestival 2015: The UK Fest Hits Toronto
On June 12 and 13th, one of the UK’s largest music fests will be heading to Canada for the first time ever. Bestival will be taking over Toronto Islands’ Hanlan Point, for two days of music and merriment unlike any other festival the city has seen. The festival will be the largest held on Toronto Islands since 2009’s Virgin Fest. So if you’re worried about going into live music withdrawal between Arts and Crafts Field Trip and NXNE, you can relax.
Bestival is the brainchild of Rob (Sunday Best) and Josie Da Bank, and their partners John and Ziggy (The Cuban Brothers), who have been running the festival in the UK for over ten years. Alongside an exclusive list of big name and eclectic music acts, the festival also boasts everything from costume parties to beach clubs, all with the flavour of a Renaissance fair and a 70s hippie love fest. A temporary stage will be built holding 20,000 spectators, and additional ferries will be running to and from the island.
In addition to live music, the festival also boasts such mysterious events as a Day Of The Dead Cocktail Bus, Day Of The Dead Body Painting, Meow Mur The Cosmic Cat, The Bestival Inflatable Church, a Knitting Tent and Yarn Bombing, a Costume Party and Parade, and Marching Bands.
Gates will open daily at 12 pm, and events run until 11 pm. It is an all ages event. For more information visit http://www.bestival.ca/info.
– Trish Melanson Hill (Twitter @spydrgyrl)