Festival Summer: Bestival Photo Essay

Behind the scenes at Bestival

This is the second instalment in our #FestivalSummer photo essay series by Kate Killet.

This past weekend, Hanlan’s Point played home to Toronto’s first Bestival. It’s a version of the annual Isle of Wright based festival, but this time in the 6ix. I went to check it out and get my good times on. With a lineup that covered a wide range of genres, the weekend was a kaleidoscope of sounds. Here’s a peak at what I saw.

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Rob da Bank didn’t just play Bestival, he actually helped create the original Bestival. He’s the one we need to blame for all the fun.

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Robert John Gorham, or as most know him as Rob da Bank.

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Caught up with Tei Shi, who kept her Bestival look casual, accessorizing with a ring pop (makes sense cause she’s so sweet).

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The weather was overcast and rainy, but Jamie XX brought the good times.

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Harrison was well prepared for the drizzle.

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I <3 catching cute couples being quietly adorable amidst the crowds. XSsLECGQM5k0CDfsJm4gk890KcHn5VMXlYws5JRLTcE
It’s important to hydrate, you guys.

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R&B Def Jam star on the rise, Alessia Cara proved why she’s here.

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When you’re backstage sending a work email on your phone and pyrotechnics go off.

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SBTRKT on the decks and slaying.

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K-os says hey!

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Florence Welch is a goddess and brought day one to end reminding us that the dog days are over.

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Day 2 was much more sunny and the beach was packed.

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Born Ruffians brought the heat.

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Yup. Just a couple of Born Ruffians enjoying Bestival.

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Daniel of Moon King hanging in the shade.

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Snuck backstage for Shamir.

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The ever cool Dan Snaith played twice on Saturday – both as Daphni and Caribou.

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The Daphni set was lit. Fire even.

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Super sunny good time grooves.

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Thought you were praying to the resurrector; turns out it was just a reflector. Spotted in the crowd during Owen Pallett’s stunning set.

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Blair got married in an inflatable church.

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BANKS smoldered.

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An excited Caribou fan, ready to dig into the tunes.

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I can’t do without Caribou. Owen Pallet even joined in on violin! Beautiful stuff.

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The sun set and we all danced.

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Nas closed it all up, and took it back with some classic Illmatic cuts.

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Sure, getting on the ferry home was a mess, but you can’t get mad at that view.