Published Apr 13, 2010All right, Toronto music fans, time to fashion some sort of drool-catching contraption to the bottom half of your face. The annual NXNE festival has announced its initial line-up, and we have to say, it's a bit of a doozy.
We'll get the big news out of the way first. None other than Iggy and the Stooges will be gracing Toronto's Dundas Square on June 19. The band will play a free show from the Virgin Mobile Stage, with a line-up including James Williamson on guitar, original Stooge Scott Asheton on drums, bassist Mike Watt of Minutemen fame, longtime saxman Steve Mackay and, up front, the godfather of punk himself: Iggy Pop.
Of course, that's not all: American first-wave punk-rockers X will return to Canada for the first time in 20 years, original line-up intact, while lo-fi Danes the Raveonettes, Long Island hip-hop icons De La Soul, grunge favourites Mudhoney and angular post-punkers Les Savy Fav will all make festival appearances, as will Japandroids, Cold Cave, Kid Sister, Wavves, Surfer Blood and Thee Oh Sees.
Sloan will also play a headlining show at Yonge-Dundas Square. The Canadian indie quartet will take the stage a day before the Stooges, on June 18.
As per yearly tradition, these bands will not only be joined by many hundreds more musical acts, but by a slew of films and a number of conferences as well.
This year's NXNE will go from June 14-20 in venues across Toronto.
Watch Matt & Kim get all magical at last year's event: