Friday @ 5:45PM (Main Stage)

18-year-old alt-R&B songstress Alessia Cara is an elusive chanteuse, but not in the Mariah Carey sense. On her breakout single “Here,” the Brampton-born singer/songwriter waxes introspective, wishing she was at home alone instead of suffering through a miserable house party. A brief 15-minute set on Bestival’s main stage might be a little overwhelming for the self-described “antisocial pessimist,” but it should be a fitting introduction. When you hear her voice, you’ll know why Def Jam scooped her up early.