Who’s that old guy at North by Northeast (NXNE) this year, you might ask? Apparently, it’s me.
This year marks my tenth year attending the festival, and I’m frankly still not sure that’s right.
The festival has grown huge over the years, with 650 bands performing this year alone, spread out over 50 venues. That’s a big event, my friends. It’s gotten progressively harder to plan out a good schedule for the festival because you’re invariably missing at least ten other great shows every hour.
Do I catch a little rock, followed by pop, and then some rootsy R&B? Do I stick to one venue, so I don’t have to worry if there’s going to be a lineup somewhere else? Do I hang out at Lee’s Palace again this year, despite the fact that I almost always end up there?
If you’re still working on your list of bands for the next couple of days, I’ll be posting some music from a few acts for you tomorrow, and lists of shows I’m dying to check out. I’m also still taking suggestions if you want to shoot me a note over on Twitter, or in the form below.
Stay tuned to my Twitter over the next few days as well for my updates from the festival. This is a busy week in Toronto, but aside from the MuchMusic Video Awards on Sunday, I’ll be focused almost entirely on NXNE.