Electric Island’s 2016 Toronto season kicked off this past Monday (Victoria Day) in fine form as all the key elements for a great Hanlan’s Point festival day came together: Sunshine and warm temperatures, a day filled with solid house music and a chilled out happy crowd, many of them returning from last year. The weather gods even co-operated fully, something that even the best festival promoters cannot predict anymore but can at times be make or break.
Electric Island is focused on the key elements that matter, and delivers: ample facilities within reach (well-stocked tents selling beer, ciders, a good rail of liquor brands, a diverse range of food trucks, long grass to walk in or picnic on, and free water refilling stations) all within easy range and view of the day’s main events: full DJ sets from Job Jobse, Tennis, Jamie Jones and Sven Väth closing out the day as a bright summer afternoon gave way to a perfect night.These sets were supported by opening slots from Brian Johnson, Jonathan Rosa and Nature of Music earlier in the day.
Here, every music lover can enjoy themselves in their own way and at their own speed, whether dancing in front of the DJ stage, chilling out on a spread out blanket, or walking the grounds and people watching. There were ping-pong tables set up by Spin Toronto and some unique merchant booths to browse along the circuit of the festival area. Aided by the comfortable, grassy surroundings and intimate size of the concert, the afternoon and long, relaxed evening felt like a really big, really cool backyard bash to kick off summer in Toronto with new and old friends and a killer soundtrack.
July 1st, Canada Day, is the next Electric Island with sets by Appolonia, Honey Dijon, Ben Klock vs. Marcel Dettmann and Tale of Us.
More information & tickets are available at Electric Island’s website (with each of the summer’s line ups to be announced for August and September instalments.)