Though still a few seasons away, organizers for the Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF) have unveiled the first set of artists attached to the outdoor summer event, including CanCon rockers Sam Roberts Band and iconic indie outfit Neutral Milk Hotel.
Taking place at Fort York's Garrison Common from July 4 to 6, the second instalment of the festival has roped in a number of international and Canadian artists, with out-of-town acts also including Gogol Bordello, Steve Earle, the Gaslight Anthem, Man Man, Violent Femmes, Deer Tick, Gary Clark Jr, Black Joe Lewis, Noah Gundersen, the Waco Brothers, Pokey Lafarge, Local Natives, Andrew Bird, Shovels & Rope, and Jenny Lewis, among others.
Keeping things homegrown, the initial announcement also confirms performances from Born Ruffians, Hollerado, the Strumbellas, New Country Rehab, Sam Cash & the Romantic Dogs, the Devin Cuddy Band and more.
More artist announcements are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks, up into March. In addition to the outdoor portion of TURF, plans will soon be unveiled behind a pre-TURF festival opening party on July 2, as well as a series of after-hours club shows on July 7 once the festival wraps.
Early bird tickets for the festival go on sale February 27, with a standard three-day pass going for $119.50 (plus service charges), a VIP version for $199.50, and a deluxe master VIP for $299.50. Single day tickets will go up for sale in April, but only if there are three-day passes still available to split up as such.