First wave of NXNE artists includes headliners:
Passion Pit, Tyler, the Creator , Post Malone + more!
Early bird tickets on sale now at nxne.com
About NXNE (VIA: nxne.com)
NXNE is a raging annual 10-day summer festival and conference, featuring music, gaming, comedy, interactive and more at this packed cultural explosion. The U.K. Guardian says “NXNE has crowned itself Toronto’s leading music event.” NXNE celebrates its 23rd year in 2017 and takes over Toronto with showcases, panels, parties, installations, and more. NXNE includes a major three-day music festival that also features comedy, food, art installations and midway rides and games at NXNE’s Port Lands festival site. NXNE Game Land will present Canada’s largest-ever, free outdoor e-Sports competition at Yonge Dundas Square. We take over Toronto’s best live music clubs to present our must-see Club Land series of emerging music with extended last calls at your favourite sweaty club/bar/pop up venue. We are partners with our friends in Austin, Texas at SXSW. NXNE was founded in 1994 and when you get to know us better, you can call us Northby.
Video gaming and E-Sports are taking over the world and NXNE’s Game Land is producing the largest, free outdoor E-Sports event ever in Canada during the festival’s kick off weekend, June 16 -18 in Toronto’s iconic, glittering Yonge Dundas Square.
The Square will be packed with professional and amateur gamers determined to win playing some of the planet’s most popular video games. There will be hands on activations of new games and new technologies, DJs and more. Look for more details here soon.
NXNE has taken over Toronto’s best live music clubs every June since 1995 to showcase some of the best emerging music in the world entertaining hundreds of thousands of fans.
The festival doubles down on its commitment to highlighting the best emerging new music with a brand new showcasing approach in 2017. Watch for exciting new details on NXNE Club Land 2017 soon.
NXNE began in 1995, patterned on the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. It was co-founded by Michael Hollett. The SXSW organization is a minority ownership partner in NXNE. At that time it was a three-day festival of mainly local, unsigned, independent artists. Over the years the festival expanded its attendance and began to feature well-known performers. The festival events took place in a number of venues, and participants purchased wristbands for entry into the events.
A film festival was added in 2001, screening primarily music-related features, documentaries and shorts. NXNE Film has screened films by directors such as Stewart Copeland (of rock band The Police), Don Letts, Guy Maddin, and Rob Heydon, and has hosted many world premieres, including Bruce McDonald’s Broken Social Scene concert film, This Movie Is Broken, in 2010 Michael Tanner was the director of the festival. from 2007 to 2014.
In 2013, NXNE added comedy as a fourth stream, formally recognizing the growing number of standup, sketch, and improvisatory comics taking part in the festival since 2010. NXNE also added art as its fifth stream that year. including exhibits, projections, installations, performances and an art fair.
In 2014, NXNE marked its 20th consecutive year with over 1,000 music performers and an overall attendance of 350,000. The 2015 edition of NXNE ran for five days, June 17–21.
In 2016, under the direction of Michael Hollett, the festival organizers changed the format, concentrating more highly attended performances in a large venue in the Port Lands area, at 51 Commissioners St. The festival also added a video gaming component, and gaming was among the topics discussed at the one day Interactive conference at Ryerson University. As well as live music. Yonge Dundas Square provided festival-goers the chance to play on a giant screen and to compete against each other with live play-by-play commentary.