De La Soul revisit 3 Feet High And Rising August 23 at the Phoenix.
Most outdoor summer music festivals lean toward roots music or mainstream pop. Thankfully, those who favour the experimental end of the spectrum have an opportunity to camp out and hear their favourite acts at the Electric Eclectics Festival (July 31 to August 2) at the Funny Farm in Meaford, Ontario. Headlining this year are Krautrock icon Damo Suzuki of Can, Toronto electronic rockers Holy Fuck and L.A. noise queen Carla Bozulich. $35-$65. electric-eclectics.com.
Like a Virgin
It remains to be seen if the decision to move Toronto's V Fest (August 29-30) to Burl's Creek Park near Barrie will backfire or encourage people to make a full weekend out of it, but padding the lineup with established names like the Pet Shop Boys, Nine Inch Nails and the Pixies should help convince folks to make the trek north. $99 for two-day tickets. virginfestival.ca.
De La Soul's 1989 debut album, 3 Feet High And Rising, was a watershed moment in hip-hop and is easily one of the genre's best. The rap veterans celebrate their 20th anniversary with their 20 Years High And Rising Tour (August 23) at the Phoenix. Expect a trip down memory lane and a healthy reminder of why they're one of the most influential groups in the game. $31.50. 416-870-8000.