Six music festivals you don't want to miss this summer
Do not miss out on some of the biggest music festivals in London and the surrounding area this summer. This checklist is a guide to where you can find live music from a variety of genres to make the most of your summer. For more info please visit the festival websites.
Ever After Music Festival (June 8 to 10)
Ever After Music Festival is one of the most popular electronic dance music (EDM) festivals in Ontario. Every ticket package also includes entrance into Bingemans Waterpark, the festival midway and a giant games zone. The lineup includes Excision, Claude, Vonstroke, Flux Pavilion, B2B and Doctor P. Single day general admission tickets are available for $70 and full weekend passes are $139. Camping rates start at $80.64 with options to rent Qube tents, RVs, and cabins. To learn more visit everafterfest.com.
Location: 425 Bingemans Centre Dr., Kitchener, Ont
Trackside Music Festival (June 30 to July 1)
Celebrate Canada Day weekend the right way at Trackside Music Festival. Trackside is bringing back another two day festival jam packed with some of country music’s biggest stars as well as up and coming local talent. Dierks Bentley, Dean Brody, LANCO and Emerson Drive are just some of the names performing on day one. Single day passes are available starting at $89 and full weekend general admission tickets are $139.50. You can also get a deal with a group of four and get four tickets, sunglasses, koozies, and a picture on the Trackside stage for $500. For more information visit tracksidefestival.com.
Location: Western Fair District, 316 Rectory Str., London, Ont.
TD Sunfest (July 5 to 8)
TD Sunfest is an annual music festival that is a staple for Londoners and beyond. According to the event’s webpage, the Sunfest committee is a non-profit community arts group with the main initiative of promoting cultural awareness through a variety of arts. Experience music, dance and creative arts at this three day festival in Victoria Park. This free festival has been running since 1994 and will continue to bring live performers and artists to share their talents with the city of London. To get more information visit www.sunfest.on.ca.
Location: Victoria Park, 580 Clarence St., London, Ont.
Rock The Park (July 11 to 14)
Arguably the biggest summer music festival in London, Rock the Park is celebrating the 15th year of great live music. This four day festival features Mixtape Rewind, Bring Back The 90’s and two rock nights with some of the biggest names in music. Headliners include MGK, Shinedown, Cyndi Lauper, Boyz II Men and Rise Against. Single day general admission tickets are available for $70 and a two day rock pass is $120. To purchase tickets and get more information visit rockthepark.ca.
Location: Harris Park, London, Ont.
Home County Music & ART Festival (July 20 to 22)
With the first festival in 1973, the Home County Music and Art Festival is London’s longest running music festival. Opening ceremonies at 5:45 pm on July 20, kick off a full weekend of Canada’s best roots, tradition, indie, and folk/pop acts. Performers include Mama’s Broke, Broomsticks and Hammers, Raine Hamilton, and Twin Flames. The festival aims to support culture in London’s community and admission is by donation. For more information visit homecounty.ca.
Location: Victoria Park, 580 Clarence St., London, On
Music in the Fields (Aug. 23 to 25)
This country music festival is a world class festival with a small town feel. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Music in the Fields has grown from 1200 people in 2009 to over 8000 in recent years. This three day festival features two stages with well-known names in country music as well as new performers. The lineup includes Brett Eldridge, Brett Kissel, George Canyon, Gord Bamford, and more. Weekend passes are available for $150 plus HST and camping rates start at $84.75. One hundred per cent of the proceeds are donated to Cystic Fibrosis and to fund community organizations. For more information visit www.musicinthefields.ca.
Location: Graceland Festival Grounds, 557 Walter St., Lucknow.