+10 acts to catch at NXNE

Here’s how to get the most out of your club­hop­ping wrist­band

NOW Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - By RICHARD TRAPUNSKI

NXNE is back to its old self this year af­ter a cou­ple of years as a des­ti­na­tion fes­ti­val at the Port Lands, re­fo­cus­ing around its Fes­ti­val Vil­lage at Yonge-Dun­das Square and its good old-fash­ioned club hop­ping. A $29 wrist­band will get you into all the Club Land shows, and it’ll let you dis­cover some good stuff if you go in blindly or let the cu­ra­tors ex­ert their in­flu­ence. Or you can take our rec­om­men­da­tions for hid­den gems below.

We could tell you to see the free Fes­ti­val Vil­lage head­lin­ers like Azealia Banks, Chvrches, Big Free­dia and U.S. Girls (and we will), but this guide will fo­cus on the smaller-font names that will make you say, “Wow, I’m glad I went to that,” and then kiss the filthy wrist­band you’ve been wear­ing for a week straight.

NXNE takes place June 8-17 at venues through­out the city. $29 for a Club Land wrist­band at nxne.com. Fes­ti­val Vil­lage shows hap­pen at Yonge-Dun­das Square (1 Dun­das East) and are free.

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