With most multi-day passes hovering around $200, festival going definitely isn’t cheap. Add in airfare, gear, hotel/camping costs, plus the price of 4-days worth of chicken pita, and attending more than one summer extravaganza seems daunting if not impossible. So North By Northeast‘s (NXNE) 8 free sets, $50 5-day ‘Music’ wristbands and $150 early bird ‘Priority Pass’ seem like a steal, considering the festival boasts 600 international bands performing across 50 venues in beautiful Toronto.
Pattered after Austin’s South By Southwest, NXNE is comprised of an interactive, film, and music segment, with various workshops, panels, and activities taking place over an entire week. This year, the Interactive Festival will run from June 16th-18th and the Music and Film Festivals run concurrently June 15th through the 19th. For the event’s 17th installment, NXNE has tapped new wave pioneers Devo, reunited punk legends the Descendents, hardcore supergroup OFF!, indie-favorites like Stars, Twin Shadow, Cults, Wild Nothing, Suuns and Art Brut, plus hip-hop acts The Pharcyde, Shad, and Digable Planets. Many of which fans can catch for free at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square and along Yonge Street. A list of performances can be found below.
But that’s just the beginning, as the festival will also feature Anti-Flag, Bouncing Souls, Men Without Hats, Dum Dum Girls, Deerhoof, The Dodos, Hot Water Music, Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield, Braids, Ty Segall, PS I Love You, Crocodiles, The Pack A.D., Metz, Dirty Beaches, Land of Talk, Chad VanGaalen, Forest City Lovers, The Luyas, Lower Dens, Gentlemen Husbands, Rusty, Royal Bangs, Julianna Barwick, No Joy, Prince Rama, Doldrums, Secret Cities, Evening Hymns, Snowblink, Parlovr, Talk Normal, PUJOL, Woodsman, Gauntlet Hair, Joey Cape, Tape Deck Mountain, AIDS Wolf, Houses, CJ Ramone, and Kevin Seconds.
Free Yonge-Dundas Square Performances
06/16: Descendents, OFF!
06/17: Stars, Land of Talk
06/18: Devo, Men Without Hats
06/19: The Pharcyde, Digable Planets
To check out the complete lineup and pick up early bird tickets, head to NXNE.com before April 25th.