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Music Field Trip’s 2015 lineup announcement shows the music festival is growing up

Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.

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As it enters its third year, the growing pains for the annual Field Trip music festival in Toronto are starting to ease off.

Founding label Arts & Crafts announced the lineup for its third-annual music festival Wednesday. Field Trip has traditionally depended on the deep local history of Arts & Crafts to draw visitors to the Fort York grounds each June; founding band Broken Social Scene headlined a night each of the past two years.

This year, though, the top-billed acts are festival-circuit stalwarts: recent Grammy nominees Alabama Shakes and the psychedelic Americana band My Morning Jacket will headline on June 6 and 7.

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Field Trip will pull from a variety of source material in 2015. Hamilton rock heroes Arkells are billed alongside the rap royalty of De La Soul, the bursting synths of Purity Ring and soul veteran Lee Fields with his band The Expressions. British pop band Marina & The Diamonds is scheduled to appear, as are The War On Drugs, a band equally influenced by Dire Straits and My Bloody Valentine.

"Field Trip is our annual love letter to our hometown," said Arts & Crafts president Jeffrey Remedios in a press release. "We work tirelessly to create a homegrown, internationally relevant and uniquely Toronto music and arts festival."

Kevin Drew, a co-founder of both Arts & Crafts and Broken Social Scene, will give a performance with friend Andy Kim, the Sugar, Sugar songwriter whose upcoming album Drew co-produced. Other Arts & Crafts performers include Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, Hayden and new signees Calvin Love and Absolutely Free. Apostle of Hustle will perform its classic album Folkloric Feel, which was first released in 2004.

Unlike other major cities like Montreal, with Osheaga, and Chicago, with Lollapalooza, Toronto has not historically attracted a major multiday summer music festival. Field Trip is the label's answer to that problem, though it remains smaller in scope, and has growing competition.

In 2013, the similar-sized Grove Festival took place on the same downtown grounds, and this year, the founder of the massive Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee has announced a purportedly massive event north of Toronto in Barrie.

Another regular festival, Toronto Urban Roots Fest, just announced it was moving from July to September because of the upcoming Pan Am Games in the city.

Tickets for Field Trip go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. EST.

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