NXNE

06. 12. 2024 - 06. 16. 2024  [TORONTO]
 

various Venues

 

We’ve been three years in a row, and this year was by far our favorite. The community, city, and artists all come together for this festival, and it is an incredible way to kick off the summer.”

Living in Toronto has many perks: great food, culture, and, of course, the music. One of our favorite festivals of the year, NXNE, kicked off the summer with an incredible lineup of over 100 acts from all over the world. Some of the venues participating in NXNE 2024 included The Bovine Sex Club, The Piston, Ground Control, Baby G, and many more. People gather from all over the globe to play in this massive five-day festival.

We met people from Denmark, Montreal, and many other places. The organization this year was perfect; the staff was visible and a big part of the vibe. We really appreciate the hard work the NXNE staff put into these events. To kick things off, we went to The Piston, where we saw Ivy Gardens and Chinese Medicine, two bands we've seen in the past that have incredible stage presence and music. This was our first time at The Piston (surprisingly!), and we were immediately hooked and can’t wait to catch another show there. Additionally, we were able to sample the great taste of Supermarket at Kensington Market. Supermarket was full of people that night, dancing and partying alongside the band on stage.

Another venue we got to check out was The Bovine Sex Club; in fact, we went two nights in a row. It is one of our favorite places to be. The vibe and music are normally on point for fans of punk, hard rock, and doom. Black Budget performed Thursday night to a full house, and the next night we returned with a full belly from the taste of Little Italy. How lucky can you be to have these two festivals intersect?

That night, the room lit up with one of our favorite local bands, No Sunshine Collective. Every time we see them, we are completely blown away. We were not sure of our next move; we planned to head out to another show Friday night since we were at The Bovine the night before. However, the Norwegian band Barren Womb, a two-piece, hit the floor. They were jaw-dropping. The sound was incredible; it reminded us of early Nirvana, like Bleach. However, it had its own unique spin to it—a fresh sound, something different from the commonalities that many Canadian bands share.

If you’ve never been to NXNE, it is a must-see. We’ve been three years in a row, and this year was by far our favorite. The community, city, and artists all come together for this festival, and it is an incredible way to kick off the summer. Thank you to NXNE, the staff, volunteers, and everyone who made the festival possible. We will be back next year!

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