If I can share one piece of life wisdom with you today it is this:
Spend your time & money on experiences that you love.
It doesn’t matter how much money you make (well it does obviously, but stay with me), what is the point of making money if you can never enjoy it? So if you can do one thing with your budget this summer – pick one experience you REALLY want & spend it on that.
I have never regretted the time & money I spent on a trip or a concert. I do however regret the time I spent working myself to exhaustion & the money I spent on too many pair of shoes that I don’t wear. Even thought I may have been as poor as a church mouse after my first trip to London I have never regretted the trip.
A summer tradition that Klara & I started accidentally a few years ago, is attending at least one outdoor concert or festival in the Summer. Because, we only get so many months of summer in Toronto & we love music. It started with the Kings of Leon concert we attended in 2014, then continued with Edgefest in 2015 to see Milky Chance & in 2016 we went to Bestival Toronto!
Bestival Toronto’s location changed from the Island to Woodbine Park this year & thank god for that. All though the trip east took us an hour, thanks to TTC closures of the subway & the Queen Streetcar, at least we did not have to worry about waiting for 5 hours for a ferry.
Woodbine Park was a great location, large & well-organized. I never felt squeezed into a crowd of people as there was plenty of room to find a bit of space to chill out. There were plenty of toilets & free water stations.
The fun thing about Bestival is that it is not just a music festival. It offers a lovely component of the strange & the weird. Like the Love Parade.
Most of the acts we were the most interested in where playing at the Main Stage, which is where we ended up spending most of our time. It was close to all of our required amenities: the hill to chill on, the bar, food trucks & views for photography.
Our main reason for attending was to see Tame Impala, a psychedelic surfer rock band from Australia. We’ve never seen them play live, but they didn’t disapoint. Will say that they sound exactly like their records.
Bestival was a lot more fun than I expected. It is not just the music but the atmosphere that the organizers created which made it a fun, happy & unique experience. I hands down recommend this as a festival to check out next summer.