Every Torontonian knows what Niagara-On-The-Lake is good for:
1) Day drinking while “touring” an “ice wine facility”
2) Eating fistfuls of artisanal cheese until your breath resembles a Goodwill shoebox
3) Getting lost on your way to Niagara Falls
When I heard that promoter Goldenvoice was hooking up with Arts & Crafts to create the Grove Music Festival, I thought “Hey, now I have an excuse to drink dank beer under a flapping linen tent and judge people who are standing too close to the stage!”
The lineup’s solid: Phoenix, Hot Chip, Girl Talk, Gaslight Anthem, Earl Sweatshirt, Wavves, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bob Mould, Pretty Lights, Palma Violets, Young Empires, Icona Pop and Nightbox. You’ll probably have a good time, even if it won’t ease the pain of missing Osheaga, which goes down on the same weekend.
The true question is – does Macklemore have more than one song?
Tickets are $84.75 incl. fees (Earlybird) until March 7th 10am, when the hype collapses and they increase by roughly ten dollars. For its first year, it’s not a bad lineup, and with Phoenix and Hot Chip as heavylifters, it should be a good day (doors at 11am).