Toronto Urban Roots Fest (TURF) returns to Fort York Garrison Common Historical Site on September 16th-18th. Today the festival announced that Death Cab For Cutie, James Bay, Dropkick Murphys, Explosions in the Sky, Matthew Good, Jake Bugg, The Sheepdogs, Lush, The Hives, Lake Street Dive, Matt Andersen and The Bona Fide, Drive By Truckers, Guided By Voices, Matt Mays, Barenaked Ladies, Rheostatics, Okkervil River, Corb Lund, The Felice Brothers, The Mekons, Marlon Williams, Julien Baker, John Moreland, Skinny Lister, and Midnight Shine, are all set to perform at the festival. TURF will be announcing 19 more artists, including other headliners, in June.
This year the festival will expand to four stages for the first time with its first PARTIALLY TENTED STAGE named the BATTLE Of YORK, and an invasion to inside the museum grounds with the new REBELLION STAGE!
TURF will also have a new VIP area in 2016, more exclusive to VIP ticket buyers which gives patrons all the usual amenities plus the front of stage experience at three of the four stages. In past years, TURF artist guests, sponsors and upgrades got the same VIP amenities. In 2016 these folks will get their own VIP but not any front of house privilege. This means in 2016 the VIP area will be smaller and more exclusive to actual VIP ticket holders.