Ah, Thursday of the Halifax Pop Explosion. It’s like you’re in the eye of the hurricane—only it’s not calm at all and you’re drinking Lorelai Gilmore levels of coffee. Solidarity, sister, we’re right there with you. Here’s our guide to making the most out of HPX, right through to the wee hours of Sunday morning. With insights from Ryan Hemsworth, an emoji-based mood map, a quiz and profiles of our favourite acts at the fest, make this year one to remember, hey?