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North By Northeast Music and Film Festival Returns This June

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Music festivals in the 21st century are no longer just social gatherings where people come together to hear their favorite bands and solo artists perform. Now, they are havens for up and coming and on-the-verge artists to showcase their skills on a huge stage in front of thousands of people. They are events where music, film, technology and all forms of new media are launched to consumers. Music festivals have taken on a whole new meaning in our new age of social media, networking and instant access to each other.

North by Northeast (or NXNE as it’s more commonly know, much like it’s American cousin, SXSW) is no exception. The festival is now in it’s 18th year – is returning June 11-17 to Toronto and features 650 bands and 7 days of top-shelf music, film, technology and social media fun. A tech geeks heaven. And, I mean that in the nicest way.

This year some of the biggest names in music will be performing at the NXNE Music and Film Festival: The Flaming Lips, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Bad Religion, Of Montreal, Killer Mike, Action Bronson and more. And of course, there will be plenty of bands and artists in attendance that you may not have heard and hopefully you will discover the “next big thing.”

But of course, it’s not just about the music anymore. NXNE Interactive will feature 80 presentations from all kinds of creative professionals on new directions in the creation of social content and the ever-changing DIY approach to media and social networking. Interested patrons can visit the NXNE Interactive Announcement homepage for more information.

Think that’s all? Of course not. What would a music festival of the 21st century be without a film component? At the NXNE Film festival, there will be more than a few films that will have attendees talking, including a gala presentation of a documentary by Jonathan Holiff called “My Father and the Man in Black” about the tumultuous relationship between Johnny Cash and his manager Saul Holiff, the filmmaker’s father. Visit the NXNE Film Festival Announcement page for more information.

NXNE is looking like it’s shaping up to be a giant mash-up of music, media and much-needed information for all. For more information on purchasing wristbands, volunteering and more, visit nxne.com.

Ron Grant is a freelance journalist and blogger originally from Detroit and currently residing in Orlando. He is a contributor at HipHopDX.com, is the lead writer for Orlando-based indie music label Conscious Mind Records and runs his own independent music blog, The Music Nerdvocate. Follow him on Twitter @RonGreezy.