Saturday marked the second kick at the can for Rob Da Bank’s sole international export of Bestival. And this time around, things seemed to work a bit more according to plan.
You could almost feel the collective sigh of relief they announcement of the move to Woodbine Park. Not only does NO ONE want to experience what happened last year, but there’s an element of excitement because no music festival has ventured there yet. Now with Saturday in the books, it’s probably safe to say that Bestival TO has found it’s home in the east end. The atmosphere was amazing, the footprint less sprawling and looking more similar to it’s UK counterpart, and of course, the weather delivered with an almost over-abundance of blue skies and summer vibes.
We started the afternoon in the Big Tent, alongside the Toronto rave community and Fools Gold recruit Giraffage. But to be honest, we reserved most of our energy for Jamie XX. Juggling between CDJs and turntables, the UK legend rolled through a set which featured a monstrous remix of One Dance (catering to the Toronto crowd), disco throwbacks and modern bass heavy house. As the sun began to set, Seattle tropical bass duo ODESZA served up atmospheric appropriate heavy drums for the golden-hour crowd.
Capping off a stunning day one was the biggest act on the line-up (Saturday or Sunday). Tame Impala didn’t hold anything back, coming out guitars blazing with “Let It Happen”. Their stage visuals swooned and swirled in a sea of tie dye and other psychedelic, colour driven designs. What followed was an hour and a half of pure positive energy we won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
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