Just like that, Bestival is over. The island will go back to its original state, liberated of costumed free birds strutting their stuff to electronic bangers. I talked with a few of the festival goers about the overall appeal of Bestival. They indicated that the fest is very much like an amusement park ride, “You wait in a line for the ferry, the food, the events, and more.
Bestival was originally a music festival put on in the UK. As with any stereotype given to a certain location, rain is a common element associated with the Brits. As Bestival arrived on Toronto Island, the weather wasn’t unlike a typical day in London. Huge grey clouds overtook the sky and haunted the first day of the fest.
Keeping it fairly under the radar, pop superstar Banks shows off her talent through her voice. The blazing set of pipes are her crowning glory. Banks’ style is often described as underground R&B with her voice being compared to Aaliyah. By being covered by high profile media outlets like MTV and BBC Radio 1, Banks has slowly been climbing the social ladder to stardom.
With SXSW and Coachella behind us, it’s time to turn our attention north. Canadian Music Week is a nine day festival showcasing both local and international talent. The fest has graduated from bitter March to balmy May, inviting the less cold resistant music fans. With an overwhelming number of artists, this year is sure to be bigger and better than anything before.
When you consider the literary cities in the world, Ottawa does not immediately come to mind. That being said, in 2010 several of Ottawa’s poetry communities banded together to form VERSefest. The goal was simple, it wasn’t purely about talent or recognition “it’s about atmosphere and creating an awesome environment” says artistic director Matt Jones.
Each year in early June, Manchester Tennessee holds one of the greatest festivals in the world, Bonnaroo. Bonnaroo, a festival for true music lovers and festival junkies, has one of the best atmospheres you could ever experience. Headlining this years festival is the legendary Elton John, newlywed Kanye West, Jack White (admitted hater of Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys),  Nicole Richie’s Dad Lionel, and Vampire Weekend.