Published Apr 16, 2019NXNE is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and organizers behind the fest have now made an initial lineup announcement for the 2019 event.
Returning to the streets of Toronto from June 7 to 16, the fest will feature headlining performances from Illinois emo outfit American Football and Chicago rapper CupcakKe.
NXNE organizers have also announced the return of their Club Land Curator Series, featuring shows programmed by leading Canadian musicians that will bring emerging artist showcases, art installations, late-night DJ sets and after-parties to venues around the city. A wristband, which secures priority admission to all Club Land shows, can be had for NXNE's 1995 price of $29.
Acts set to play the Club Land series include Haviah Mighty, Persons, JustJohn & Dom Dias, Nick Schofield, Most People, Syngja, Dishpit and more.
Returning curators include Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning, promoter Dan Burke, the Elwins and Ian Blurton, while new curators include Charlotte Cornfield, DJ Shub, Royal Mountain Records, Taiwan Beats, Blue Crane Agency, Wavelength, Vox Future, Night Owl Festival, Lisbon Lux, Double Denim, Matt Sandrin and Heavy Trip.
NXNE has also announced plans to expand its festival village at Yonge/Dundas Square to span over half-a-kilometre, at which festivalgoers can enjoy four music stages, free entertainment, activations and more.
"We're proud and pumped to continue to connect audiences and emerging artists for 25 years," NXNE president and managing director Michael Hollett said in a statement. "So much about music as an industry and an art form has changed in the last quarter century. But the satisfying intimacy of unlocking new musical experiences for audiences — and finding new, passionate listeners for artists — never changes. NXNE continues to grow and develop along with music and the music fans that are so fundamental to everything we are."
Additional festival village headliners, Game Land, NXNE Talks and more will be announced in the coming weeks.
Further festival and ticketing details can be found through NXNE's official website.