Coachella, the unofficial kickoff for North America’s festival season, has just wrapped up and left us all that much more eager for upcoming celebrations a little closer to home. If the pictures and reports from Coachella haven’t been enough to get festival enthusiasts excited for the 2015 season, this morning’s announcements just might.
Two massive announcements from two of the GTA’s biggest festivals (and yes, we are counting Barrie as the GTA for the sake of simplicity!) dropped today, and it looks like 2015 is going to be a big year for Canadian festivals. Toronto Urban and Roots Festival—who is no stranger to big names on the indie circuit, including last year’s headliners Neutral Milk Hotel and Sam Roberts Band—announced their 2015 lineup, which includes the likes of Icelandic folk-pop band Of Monsters and Men and festival favourite Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, in addition to a strong undercard featuring Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Lord Huron, Will Butler, The Punch Brothers, and many others.
On top of the TURF lineup, WayHome Festival released their second wave artist announcement today. 2015 is its inaugural year, and already the festival is making an impact on the Canadian festival scene. Previously announced headliners—including Alt-J, Kendrick Lamar, and Sam Smith—will now be joined by legendary Neil Young & Promise of The Real on the weekend of
July 24th. Other acts added in the second wave announcement include The Killers' frontman
Brandon Flowers, Theophilus London, Manchester Orchestra, Django Django, and others.