Festival Preview: Ones To Watch – Bestival Toronto


There’s a new festival in town, and it’s all happening this Friday and Saturday! The highly anticipated UK based award-winning festival BESTIVAL is making its North American debut as a creative wonderland set upon the iconic and picturesque Hanlan’s Point Beach, Toronto Island, Canada.

Bestival Toronto will feature performances by a vast and impressive collection of electronic, techno, hip-hop, and indie rock artists over 5 different stages. The lineup includes Florence and The Machine, NAS, Flume, Caribou, Flosstradamus, Robin Schulz, Jamie Jones, ZHU, Clean Bandit, Wavves, Jamie XX, Rudimental, Keys N Krates, Bakermat, Grandtheft, Skream and more. But this is no ordinary festival to hit Toronto. What makes it special? Circus Troupes, Marching Bands, Yarn Bombing, The Bollywood Temple, The Bestival Inflatable Church, Custom Party & Parade, The Dressing Up Box, Day of the Dead Cocktail Bus, Sunday Best Balearic Beach Bar, Flashmob Takeovers are all part of what will make this weekend an unforgettable magical experience. Join us in the escape on the island and get ready to groove, this will undoubtedly be a party for the books.


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Ones To Watch – Friday, June 12

Flume (Big Top Stage)
In 2012, a young beatmaker called Flume burst on to the scene and single-handedly changed the face of Australian dance music and its possibilities, with only one single and one remix to his name at the time. Today, Flume is a multi-platinum selling, internationally recognised career artist, creating his own space in electronic music. For those unfamiliar with his musical creations, begin with checking out common favourites “Holdin On”, Disclosure – “You And Me (Flume Remix)” and Lorde – “Tennis Court (Flume Remix)”.

Clean Bandit (Main Stage)
Known for their massive Grammy winning 2014 anthem “Rather Be”, Clean Bandit is a definite artist to check out this year. Stunning vocals backed by a diverse array of instruments, they will leave you in awe trying to absorb the multiple sounds blending together to create a heavenly show. Be there and prepared for lungs to scream and vocal chords to tear as the entire crowd collectively joins together to sing along to “Rather Be” and “Real Love”.

Nicole Moudaber (Bollywood Stage)
It is with a heavy heart that Nicole Moudaber cancelled her past Toronto show due to illness and it is with heavy bass that she will return to close the Bollywood stage on day 1 of Bestival. Given how varied and versatile Nicole Moudaber is as an artist, it’s hard to anticipate what she will play, whether it’s the dubby after hours sound from her latest EP or her massive dark beats from her Drumcode releases.  Whatever Nicole decides however will get you “In The Mood” for the entirety of this set, so best not near this stage until you’ve explored all you could for day 1 because you’ll be hooked and won’t be leaving. Check out our recent interview with the lady herself: bit.ly/moudabertalks

Jamie XX (Bollywood Stage)
Coming off the recently released critically acclaimed sophomore album “In Colour”,  Jamie XX brings a diverse sound and with that a diverse crowd to the Bollywood stage this year at Bestival. Anyone who had the pleasure of witnessing his groovy funk set on the same island last year knows that Jamie XX always brings the show to any audience he plays for. A quick tip from the Into the Crowd staff: you’ll definitely need energy for this set because you won’t be caught standing still. Also, in case you didn’t know, he’s one half of The XX.

Grandtheft (Big Top Stage)
World-renown and Montreal’s very own returns to Toronto once again after playing a captivating upbeat set at Ever After Music Festival two weekends ago. Grandtheft excels at creating masterful electronic trap mixes, and respected as one of the best live DJs Canada has to offer, his set is something you’ll want to be a part of. Need a sample track? Check out his hot trap collab with Keys N Krates, “Keep It 100”.

Lane 8 (Big Top Stage)
After making his Toronto debut with Wankelmut in December and then tearing up the Direct Energy Center opening for Mat Zo and Above & Beyond, Lane 8 returns to Toronto for the inaugural Bestival. Known for his brand of self-marketed “dreamy back rub music”, look for Lane 8 to bring the feel-good vibes in the form of unreleased material from his upcoming album Rise.

Ones To Watch – Saturday, June 13

ZHU (Big Top Stage)
After spending much of his career in anonymity wanting to be solely judged on the strength of his music alone, Steven Zhu has finally taken a step into the limelight. 2014 was a big year for him with his debut EP The Nightday establishing as one of the biggest new names and 2015 will be even bigger as he works towards releasing his first solo LP. While “Faded” the Grammy nominated hit has spawned dozens of popular remixes of its own, “Cocaine Model” the lesser known younger sister from The Nightday EP deserves a mention for standout cut from the EP. We definitely won’t be missing his set.

Banks (Main Stage)
Whether it’s the catchy hooks or haunting vocals on her heartbreaking electronica ballads, shuffle across one Banks song accidentally on Spotify and we guarantee you’ll be more than two EP’s deep before you realize it. The eerie beats will have you hooked long before her distinct voice kicks in, and when they come together don’t be surprised if your hairs stand still in awe of the power each of her songs pack. There is a certain comfort in heartbreak, and Banks captures that in every song. It will be interesting to see how she evokes this in a live performance.

Caribou (Main Stage)
With all the monster techno acts over at the Bollywood Stage, it’s still only hometown hero Caribou that holds the title of BBC Essential Mix of the Year for 2014. The spine tingling vocals of Dan Snaith will captivate you and his accompanying funk electronic sound will intrigue you even more. If you happen to hear his most popular hit “Can’t Do Without You” creeping on the speakers, grab tissues quick because the emotional ballad will leave you in need of them.

NAS (Main Stage)
NAS is often cited in musical debates as one of the greatest hip hop rappers of all-time with good reason. Twenty years after bursting onto the scene with Illmatic (possibly the greatest hip-hop album of all time) Nas is still actively touring and mesmerizing old school and new school hip hop fans alike with his electrifying delivery and thought-provoking lyrics. His main stage performance closing out the inaugural Bestival Toronto will be one you will most definitely not want to miss.

Matoma (Big Top Stage)
When Kygo exploded back in 2013, tropical house took off right alongside him. While many producers have mostly stuck to the “tried and true” remix recipe, Matoma has taken a unique approach: mixing hip hop with tropical vibes and a nu-disco sound. As an avid listener of hip hop and rap in his formative musical years, but also a deep fan of Carl Cox, Matoma has displayed that love through unique remixes of Biggie, Will Smith, and Eminem among others. Check out our recent interview here: http://bit.ly/1GC8ipY.

Bakermat (Big Top Stage)
Straight from the Netherlands, this melodic house producer is known for the soulfulness of his sound and instruments in his songs. Following the upload of his first track, “Vandaag” to YouTube, he went from bedroom producer to overnight sensation. In July, he’ll be hosting once again his own stage at Tomorrowland – the Bakermat & Friends stage, with guests Oliver Heldens, Klingande and Robin Schulz. Expect to feel a lot of joy and happiness and all around good vibes catching his set.

Robin Schulz (Big Top Stage)
German electronic music producer/dj Robin Schulz has taken the world by storm this year, notably with his remix of Lilly Wood and the Prick’s track “Prayer in C” going Platinum. Equally popular was his first single, an uptempo remix of “Waves” by Mr. Probz, both leading to international recognition for Schulz. Be prepared to catch him take upbeat dance jams to a new level this Saturday.

Jamie Jones (Bollywood Stage)
Jamie Jones has established himself as an icon in electronic music, having been apart of the resurrecting wave of house and techno producers that brought the industry back with full force in the mid 2000’s. Being a founding father of Hot Creations Jamie Jones is known for bouncy summer tracks however his booking time at Bestival indicates something great – Jamie Jones will play techno. After this set you’ll see exactly why Jamie Jones is one of the few still standing from his wave of legendary producers.

DJ Tennis (Bollywood Stage)
Many producers have branched off and started their own labels but few of them can match the success and reputation garnered by DJ Tennis and his label Life and Death. Everything released off of this record company is pure fire so imagine what to expect from the producer who has access to every single demo, project, and unreleased track the label has to offer. It will be a challenge for any Bollywood Stage DJ to match this set.


Buy Tickets: http://wl.flavorus.com/event/Bestival/285817?afflky=BESTIVALIDT
More info: http://www.bestival.ca/

Written by Kaivan Adjedani, Tiffany Lam and Jeffrey Yau

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