by Tiana Feng This year Massey Hall also served as a venue for NXNE. I never remembered this happening in the past, and it was interesting to see how a massive theatre would fare in a festival setting. The first of these was festival headliners tUnE-yArDs on the Thursday night joined by Tobacco and Weaves. — Opening the night was RTT personal faves Weaves. It was the first time I had seen Jasmyn Burke play such a huge stage. She finally had the room she needed to move around. Even though Weaves was the newer of the 3 acts playing that night, they took the stage like veterans. Burke’s confidence was infectious that fans were made out of people who were previously unaware of them, and waiting to see tUnE-yArDs. This was actually kind of chilling. I know soon they’ll be playing many more stages like this or larger. — I’m not sure the venue served well for an electronic act like Tobacco but the audience got up anyways and headed to the front to dance. However, the security only let people do this up to a certain point before not letting any more people go up. It was really strange having to sit down and watch a DJ set though. At least their strange projections helped keep people entertained. — Decked out in face-paint and colourful costumes, tUnE-yArDs kept the dance party going with their unique tunes. I was entranced by their backup singer in a onesie who showed off some cool interpretive dancing. Merrill Garbus played while simultaneously drumming to strengthen their tribal-pop sound. Even in such a large venue, she was captivating and tUnE-yArDs continuously engaged the audience until the very end.