Toronto Urban Roots Fest (TURF) announces first wave of artists for 2016

Toronto Urban Roots Fest (TURF) poster

Toronto Urban Roots Fest (TURF) returns to Fort York Garrison Common Historical Site on September 16th-18th.  The festival has announced that Explosions in the Sky, The Hives, Guided By Voices and Lush are all set to perform at the festival. That’s right…LUSH ARE BACK! LIVE! No that you need to know about any other performers, but TURF will be announcing 19 more artists, including other headliners, in June. Watch the video for De Luxe by Lush via YouTube below.

Passes go on sale tomorrow (Friday, May 27th) at noon. Purchase a Master Pass here, 3 Day Passes here and 3 Day VIP Passes here.

This year the festival will expand to four stages for the first time with its first partially tenter 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.

The full list of artists announced so far is…

Death Cab For CutieJames BayBarenaked LadiesDropkick MurphysExplosions in the SkyMatthew GoodJake BuggThe SheepdogsLushThe HivesLake Street DiveMatt Andersen and The Bona Fide, Drive By TruckersGuided By Voices, Matt Mays, RheostaticsOkkervil RiverCorb LundThe Felice Brothers, The Mekons, Marlon Williams, Julien Baker, John Moreland, Skinny Lister, and Midnight Shine

For more information on TURF, visit