There’s no doubt about it that Toronto’s inaugural version of Bestival  is going to be a killer experience. Taking place on the Toronto Island June 12 & 13, it’s going to be just as much a visual experience as a musical one. In case you get lost in all the visual displays, we thought we’d give you a list of musical acts you shouldn’t miss!


There’s no doubt that Bestival will be a huge dance party and who better to get you grooving than Caribou, who will be performing as a live band and not a DJ set. If you missed them showing off Our Love back in November, here’s your chance!

These shoegazers may seem a bit out of place in a line-up of dance acts but their sun-kissed tunes are just perfect for performing on the island.

Harrison has been making a lot of buzz lately with his cutesy synth and 8-bit electronic music. Fans of Ryan Hemsworth will dig him.

Owen Pallett
What’s a dude with a violin doing at Bestival you say? Well, his recent loop filled In Conflict will get people grooving as much as they will be entranced by the sounds made on stage. I’m totally for turning the bros onto something different.

Born Ruffians
Born Ruffians surf-pop tunes are well suited for an island and will have the audience singing along.



These guys are fire and they love Canada. Join the #HDYNATION and let Flosstradamus take you on a journey with their big anthem tracks. Flosstradamus holds a strong background in hardcore and house music from their early days, but are now taking over the world with their bass heavy trap that will have you turnt like no other.

Lane 8
 If you like your music on the more progressive side, Lane 8 comes from one of the most prominent labels in the game, Anjunadeep, the deeper side of world famous trance label, Anjunabeats. His tracks tend to be down tempo and deep house, but fuses progressive house into them quite nicely – perfect for the outdoors.

Keys n krates 
This band is currently one of the hottest exports of electronic music from Toronto. Their sound has a lot of variance and captures the attention of a wide range of music fans; it would be a crime not to check them out.

Originally known for his dubstep tracks early in his career, Skream has made the transition to a funkier sound with nu disco. If you wanna experience dance music with a hint of old school, Skream will exceed your expectations.

Nathan Barato
Nathan Barato is living proof that hard work and dedication will help you achieve your dreams. This guy is deeply rooted in Toronto’s house music scene and in the past couple of years has made big moves that have landed him gigs at all the dance music hot spots. His tracks are fantastic and his humble persona embodies what our scene is all about.