Time Festival kicked off on Saturday in Fort York Garrison. The location was excellent, being surrounded by trees provided almost enough shade for everyone as the sun came bearing down on festival-goers at 30 degrees. The water stations were flowing with liquid life keeping the crowd cool, as the variety of food trucks kept everyone fueled up as the festival crept through the day.
The Overtime Stage was the home to many of the electronic acts. Harrison got the crowd moving, with impromptu dance offs and general good vibrations. This set the stage for Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution who crushed the mics as they stirred the crowd up into a frenzy. While Kirk was spitting a verse, Nyck jumped into the crowd to ensure the mosh pit was right. Jacques Green kept the crowd shuffling until Tokimonsta was able to take us on an audio adventure. Her set built up the crowd in three stages, starting mellow and working its way up until KiNk took the stage. He put on a live performance with a driving beat and active control of the boards and the crowd.
The main Time stage was a different story. This was home to a variety of different acts including Tops, K.I.D., Cold Cave, Kehlani, Broods and Everything Everything, who by the way put on a killer set that I don’t think the crowd was ready for. Their mix of rock, pop, a little bit of electric and british references may have had a few attendees confused. But the performance was great and singer Jonathan Higgs put any doubts I had to rest. Joey Bada$$ lead the crowd in chants and cheers, accompanied by the infamous Statik Selektah. He performed tracks off all his albums and invited his Pro Era compadres Nyck Caution and Kirk Knight back onto the stage to perform Like Water, a eulogy to Capital Steeze, RIP.
Run The Jewels were headlining the event, and it was easy to tell that was who everyone was there to see. If it wasn’t the variety of RTJ shirts being worn, or the fact that they had the biggest crowd of the night. This duo did not disappoint in the least, with a set list off both of their released albums and for the encore they treated us with a new song off of the unreleased RTJ3.
All in all, the time I had was great and the fact that it wasn’t a whole weekend affair left me we plenty of time to rest up for the work week. I know it’s year away, but the clock is ticking until Time Festival 2017.