Article by: Natalia Buia
It's June 11th and you know what that means: Get ready for the North by North BEAST.
Now in its 18th year, the NXNE festival in Toronto showcases 650 bands and 40 films in 7 days. We can expect to see a stockpile of Radiohead fans at Downsview park, famed bars like the Horseshoe Tavern serving booze until 4 am, and an increase in Redbull sales at all Shoppers Drug Marts. To get us all in the NXNE spirit, we compiled a playlist of artists we're most stoked to cover this year.
Newly-formed supergroup Eight And A Half are set to play at Yonge and Dundas Square Friday, June 15. Sticky Magazine contributors are also excited to see Saskatchewan's answer to Arcade Fire, Rah Rah. They'll be playing the Dakota Tavern on Friday night as well. The popular '90s electronic group Bran Van 3000 are making a comeback that will surely be one of the most talked about shows of the festival. You can catch them at the Horseshoe Tavern on Thursday, June 14. For complete listings, head to the official NXNE website.
Hopefully this Sticky compilation playlist will get you in the mood for NXNE and inspire you to get out to the venues and take in some shows.