I only attended Day 3 and saw Dawes, Matt Mays, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, The Lowest of the Low, The Hold Steady and Flogging Molly. I found it to be an amazing experience. The festival was well organized, easy to get around and had a good variety of food and drink options including great food trucks, plentiful beer gardens and free water. There was a kids area, too. The VIP option was well worth the upgrade. I think I would attend more festivals if they were all this well run and had such well organized VIP options. I do wonder how close to capacity they were, and whether the manageable crowd levels were by design or not. Hopefully, TURF was profitable and will become an annual tradition on the Toronto concert calendar.
I always enjoy seeing The Low live and this show was no exception. It's also great to see them on a bill such as this, where they can be appreciated by old fans like myself, and hopefully be introduced to new fans, too.
They played a solid set from across their career, hitting up what has to be one of the best albums ever, Shakespeare, My Butt as well as the 1994 follow up Hallucigenia and 2004's reunion album Sordid Fiction.
"Rosy and Grey" If you think this song sounds familiar, you might have heard Weddings, Parties, Anything's cover.
"Eternal Fatalist" This one's old. Probably the original video for this tune. It sounds like it pre-dates Shakespeare, My Butt.
"Bleed a Little While Tonight"
"The Hand of Magdalena" from the Mike Bullard Show.
"Gamble" from their 1994 release Hallucigenia.
"The Last Recidivist" from 2004's Sordid Fiction.
If you like what you hear, and you don't already know The Low, and if you do, YouTube has tons of fan filmed live videos. Check 'em out!