The inaugural TURF took place last July at the Garrison Commons (aka Fort York) and featured a lineup that was somehow both electric and cohesive with She & Him, the Hold Steady and Belle and Sebastian, being just a few of the dozens of performers. It was technically a four-day festival though the first two days, Thursday and Friday, were really evening events.
I didn’t attend TURF as the lineup wasn’t quite my thing and I wasn’t crazy about the four-day format. However, I do know a few people who did go and they quite enjoyed it, saying that it was well-organized and not too crowded.
The lineup for this year’s TURF won’t be announced until Valentine’s Day but on Friday, it was confirmed that the festival is coming back though in a slightly rejigged format. This time around, there will be three stages, instead of two, meaning more bands, a total of 44 for 2014. It’s also going from four days to three and this year will run from July 4-6. Last year’s TURF also included a “club series” that saw various shows take place at the Horseshoe and Lee’s Palace. That element is back again this year and has actually been expended, with concerts running from July 3 until July 7. More details on those will be posted in late spring.
While tickets won’t go on sale until February 27, the prices have been posted for early bird three-day regular and VIP passes: $119.50 plus service charges and $149.50, plus service charges, respectively. A certain number of wristbands will be allowed into the club shows though the only way to be guaranteed access to those events will be to buy a ticket. Single-day tickets for the Fort York portion may also be available, depending on how well those three-day passes sell.
That price isn’t bad for a three-day event though of course what really matters is who’s playing. If the lineup is right, I might check TURF out this year.