It's festival season at last, so tread carefully if you dare, into the period of scuffed sneakers, overpriced beers, sunburns, wristbands and hearing loss. Where you'll be one with the music and at the mercy of the elements.

Kicking off things early, now that the weather is right, Toronto-based UK spin-off Field Trip has a perfectly varied line-up to fill two days of festival mania. Whether it's a headlining set of Robyn or a highly anticipated rage fest from Jazz Cartier, it's not a bad way to start the summer. Field Trip takes over the Fort York & Garrison Commons this weekend (June 4-5) and this is who we're most excited about:

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Easily occupying the slot as the most anticipated artist on the entire festival bill, Robyn is set to headline Sunday night, to round out the weekend. Not only is the iconic Swedish singer bound to put on an unforgettable show regardless but it's been widely reported that Robyn will be revisiting some of her biggest singles as part of a remix project that she'll debut live onstage. "Remixes make me listen to a song in a different way; they stretch you out as a listener and leave space for other things that a pop song usually doesn't," she said. "I hope to be able to share this experience with my audiences at Governors Ball, Boston Calling, and Field Trip over the next week and just dancing together…" We could not be more ready.

The National

Just a week and a half ago, The National delivered a massive six-hour long box-set of Grateful Dead covers, bringing together some major acts to offer their tributes to the iconic band. Along with music from their own lengthy discography, it's a sure shot that the Ohio-based collective will deliver some experimental Grateful Dead magic to the Field Trip stage when they headline Saturday night.


Santigold was so very missed and it's good to have her back. Following the birth of her son, the 39-year-old eclectic Philly artist returned earlier this year with the release of her third album, 99 Cents. The joyful electronic dance records and shape-shifting soundscapes were met with acclaimed reviews so it will be interesting to see how the passion-pursuing artist brings her eclectic new tracks to life on stage. Watch her performing on Saturday at 6:30pm on the Garrison stage.

Jazz Cartier

Toronto's prince of performing has been known to put on a show. He'll hang from things, jump from things and walk across a sea of hands, (taking crowd surfing to the next level,) just so you never forget the time you saw Jazz Cartier perform live. Earlier in the year, the Canadian rapper released his free Hotel Paranoia album and the heavy-bassed bangers are sure to ring out when he takes the Fort York stage at 8:45 on Saturday. If there's a set you definitely shouldn't miss, it would be this one.

Holy Fuck

When reviewing the Toronto four-piece's latest album Congrats - which followed six years after its predecessor - we described the project as "a record that never gets fully lost within the darkness; the band demonstrating a perspicacity to chain one another up when in the past they would have ran feral." We're looking forward to seeing that sort of energy delivered live as the hometown heroes take the Fort York stage on Saturday at 7:15.

Basia Bulat

The Canadian alternative pop singer turned heartbreak into laughter earlier this year with the release of her latest album Good Advice, the follow-up to Basia's critically acclaimed Juno and Polaris Music Prize-nominated 2013 release Tall Tall Shadow. It wasn't too long ago that she was driving 600 miles from her home in Montreal to La La Land studio in Louisville, Kentucky to record her fourth album but now, she'll be performing the opulent arrangements live at Field Trip this weekend. Read our interview with Basia here. She'll be performing Sunday at 6:45 on the Fort York stage.


New York-based indie rock band, DIIV are young but seasoned. After releasing their sophomore studio album to much acclaim, earlier this year, the dedicated band have a ton of new material to unleash on Sunday concert-goers who make it to the Garrison stage for 5:30pm.

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Soulful 67-year-old singer, Charles Bradley delivered his third album Changes earlier this year and is now offering a chance to hear his pitch-perfect grouping of unique songs live during his Field Trip slot on Sunday. The follow-up to 2013's Victim of Love welcomes a less biographical account of Bradley's difficult life and takes a more celebratory stab at soul music and the redeeming power of love. So get ready to dance.