Bestival Toronto 2016
When: Saturday, June 11th until Sunday, June 12th, 2016.
Where: Woodbine Park, Toronto
Time: Gates open at 12 pm every day, ends at 11:00 pm.
Age: 16+ (People under 16 can attend if accompanied by an adult over 30)
Overview: Bestival debut last year was a breath of fresh air as this UK import brought a sense of playfulness to festivals not normally found on this side of the pond. The stages were unique while the music was highly diverse with appearances by Flosstradamus, Nicole Moudaber, Jamie XX, and much more. This year they have changed locations to Woodbine Park, and promise another fanciful festival that aims to spark your imagination.
This year's Bestival lineup shows a renewed commitment to electronic dance music as many favourites have been added as headliners. Odesza has been at the top of their game for well over a year and have not slowed down. Their live show is immaculate and a must-see. Jamie xx continues to roll on the momentum of his well regarded album released last year and is another great addition. Music aficionados have long been in love with Porter Robinson, Madeon, and Tchami, whom are all bonafide trail blazers in helping to move electronic dance music forward.
If you're into the underground scene then seeing artists like Dubfire, Maya Jane Coles, Joris Voorn, Art Department, Lee Foss, and Gaiser should be pleasing to the eye. Last year Bestival did a good job at showcasing this talent on arguably one of the prettiest stages of the festival, and hopefully the same will be done this year.
Bestival takes pride in offering a little bit of something in their lineups and this year they hit this goal out of the park. Get ready for a sizzling weekend of fun when this festival gets started at Woodbine Park in the middle of June.
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There is a lot to do beyond the music at this year's Bestival:
(From the official press release)
"The Cosmic Commune is the intergalactic hub of far out happenings, trippy activities, pop-up parties and performances, making it the eccentric centre of all things Beyond the Music at our Woodbine Park jamboree. 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.
Expect madness and mayhem from Galexy Makers Ecstatic Dance Concert,featuring the talents of mystical musician, sound healer and sage, Darren Austin Hall, the dazzling guitar mastery of Stephen Bahnesli and the electronic wizardry of Patrick O'Reilly in a salutary sonic melange of live ecstatic dance music, inspired shamanic improvisations and sacred healing sounds with Sound Healing Workshops and Shamanic Soundbaths.
Be amazed by a specially commissioned SuperGalactic Operatta paying homage to the 5th Elements Diva Opera, featuring soprano Tonia Cianciulli of Wish Arts, swoon at our drag-tastic Queen of the Universe Pageant,marvel at the trippy theatre of Cowboy Mouth performed by Frolick Theatre - with music written by Patti Smith and Sam Shepard, lose yourself in theHarmonium Hypnotism of Swapnil & his band of mystics, who play in a state of trance from a place of inter dimensional inner-vision, and get transcendental with Goddess Breath.
Elsewhere around the site there will be jaw-dropping spectacles galore including Phil Sarazen’s interactive musical orchestra bicycle machine, theZoossemobile, the woolly enchantment of our Yarn Bombing Instillation, and garden party games from Bestival's favourite darling drag queen squadTrue Blue Love Crew. Plus, we’ll have our startling Sugar Skulls CocktailBus with body painting, an interactive, live mural painting instillation and a Quinceanera PhotoBooth so you can indulge in fake-quinceanera photos to your heart’s content. And there will be copious free-spirted love in the incredible Bestival Inflatable Church, dressing-up shenanigans with ourcostume parade and even more fun and games from our favourite nonsense facilitators Lost & Found."