Five years ago, a few hundred people gathered on the Toronto Islands to kick off the very first Electric Island, an electronic music day fest which incorporated an overall experience into the performances of some of the worlds most renowned tech house DJs. Five years later, Electric Island is a phenomenon and returns once again for the Victoria Day season opener. Not to take the five year anniversary lightly, Electric Island is adding a huge upgrade with a second stage, giving attendees the option of checking out unique sounds relative to each stage. The event itself will take place at Woodbine beach due to the flooding taking place at the Toronto Islands, where Bestival was held, brought to you by many of the same organizers responsible for Electric Island.
With the addition of a second stage, Electric Island organizers have carefully curated the lineups to correspond with a certain sound for each. Stage 1 is definitely the more energetic lineup of the two. During the day, the melodic sounds of Bedouin and the upbeat tech house of Eats Everything are sure to give everyone a boost of energy heading into the evening. Taking over later will be Joris Voorn, who has never left a dance floor still, followed by Ben Klock, whose techno is not for the light hearted. If you’re looking to just put your head down and get lost in the beats, stage 1 is where you want to be.
Stage 2 has a more groove-oriented quasi-disco vibe associated with the lineup. Rebolledo’s puritan disco sound is sure to strike a chord with anyone in attendance come Monday afternoon. The sultry beats of Red Axes will be the perfect transition from the disco into a more heavy sound at night. If you want to snap your fingers, sway your shoulders, and slowly get down as if you were in an 80’s rollerskate rink, this is definitely the stage you should be at. Taking it home will be house legend Leon Vynehall, who will perfectly bring together soul, funk, and house to wrap together the entire experience.
There is something about Electric Island that sets it apart from all other events. Maybe it’s the happy go lucky crowd, or the innovation each year in bringing a unique lineup for Toronto to experience. Either way it’s just that, an experience. You’ve got to be there at least once this summer, to truly appreciate it.
Tickets are still available here: http://electricisland.to/