Field Trip Fun

The summer fest moves way beyond Arts & Crafts bands


Field Trip started out as a relatively small label-focused summer music festival at Fork York and Garrison Common whose MO was to celebrate Arts & Crafts’ 10th anniversary. This year’s just-announced lineup reflects how much its grown and diversified in a brief couple of years, likely due in part to the sudden proliferation of Toronto summer fests.

We’ll get a double dose of raucous rock from the American South in headliners My Morning Jacket and Alabama Shakes, while rock of a more psychedelic nature comes via white-hot trend-setters The War on Drugs, super-fashionable Temples and Father John Misty (our current album of the week). 

But Canadian musicians get represented, too. Dan Mangan + Blacksmith are sure to deliver an explosive set of textured art rock, Purity Ring will keep it fresh with new songs from their forthcoming Another Eternity album, busy Hamiltonians Arkells will keep the rock quotient high, as will actual Arts &Crafters Kevin Drew (with Andy Kim), Apostle of Hustle and new signees experimentalists Absolutely Free and Edmonton’s Calvin Love.

Not a rockist? The fest is also bringing the James Brownian funk of Lee Fields & the Expressions, hip-hop survivors De La Soul, delicate R&B act Rhye, industrial hip-hopper Keita Juma (with Brendan Philip), Montreal house producer Jacques Greene and UK pop purveyors Marina & the Diamonds. And legendary children’s performers Sharon & Bram. (Click that link to find out where Lois has gone to.)

The family-friendly event – kids under 12 get in free! – goes down June 6 and 7 at Fort York & Garrison Common (250 Fork York Blvd). Single-day tickets are $85-$125. Weekend passes run you $120-$200. Tickets go on sale Friday (February 6) at 10 am through ticketmaster.ca, rotate.com and soundscapesmusic.com.

carlag@nowtoronto.com | @carlagillis

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