Published Jul 15, 2019Promotional consideration provided by the Crystal Lake Festival.
After last year's sophomore instalment, the Crystal Lake Festival returns to the Frontier Ghost Town campgrounds in West Grey Township, ON on July 26 and 27 for another weekend of community, art and, of course, music. Last year's headliners, West coast psych rockers Spindrift, are back alongside a new crop of choice acts, including noise rockers A Place to Bury Strangers, stoner trio Dead Meadow, experimentalists Lumerians and masked cowboy crooner Orville Peck.
In addition to the headliners are a fierce crop of emerging acts hailing from Ontario and beyond. Though all are worth your time exploring, here are five acts that definitely shouldn't be missed this year at Crystal Lake.
Fat as Fuck
Featuring eight musicians clad in matching white jumpsuits and masks, Fat as Fuck know how to make an entrance. A massive instrumental prog outfit with a four-person horn section, including BADBADNOTGOOD sax man Leland Whitty, Fat as Fuck stockpile tight, funky grooves on all instruments, bound to kick off the proceedings with a gigantic dance party.
Led by Toronto's own Hannah Bussiere Kim, Toronto-based dream pop outfit Luna Li places Bussiere Kim's classically trained violin on top of gauzy guitars, synths and drums for a woozy, reverb-washed rock experience. With swirls of shoegaze and garage rock woven in for good measure, Luna Li delivers an upbeat and engaging show.
Montreal-based garage rocker Paul Jacobs devastated crowds at Exclaim!'s Class of 2019 concert series earlier this year, and now he's set to do it again at Crystal Lake. In recent years, the prolific songwriter, musician and visual artist has expanded his one-man-band setup into a seven-strong live lineup, who bring Jacobs' distorted rock tracks to life for a powerful, in-your-face concert experience.
Wine Lips may captivate with their gut-busting, high concept music videos, but their no-frills garage rock sound needs no kitsch to turn heads. The rocking riffs and thumping beats of new album Stressor are given an extra kick live, with tight renditions that are bound to get audiences' feet tapping.
The festival wraps up in the wee hours of July 28 with a 3 a.m. set from light up goggle-clad electronic explorer Zoo Owl, who will be bringing his manic, industrial dance music to help shepherd the festival to a close. Truly a sight for sore eyes and ears.