For the fifth year in a row, The Northside Festival is returning to Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick on Thursday. This year, the big headliners include Black Flag, The Walkmen, Mac DeMarco, Lambchop, and, um, Solange. (Why should we care about her again?)
There’s also a film festival and something called NExT (Northside Entrepreneurship and Technology) which will bring a series of tech presentations and discussion to the ‘hood. Evidently, the “big” free shows (The Walkmen/Phosphorescent on Saturday and Solange on Sunday, 3pm at McCarren Park) are both sold out, but badgeholders are guaranteed entry.
This year, there’s much more press and buzz about the festival, as it finally feels like its become a Brooklyn tradition, instead of a fluke. New York did a good job of summing up how we feel about it:
The Stedmans aren’t the only ones who have figured out how to stage a festival here? Electric Daisy Carnival is in its second year, and Governors Ball, on Randalls Island, has expanded each of its three years and will this time around feature Kanye West, Kings of Leon, and Guns N’ Roses. But the Stedmans are the only ones to have figured out how to stage a music festival that doesn’t seem in some way to contradict the city. Rather than chase bands famous enough to draw fans from across a county to an empty field, Northside books lots of local acts, with local followings, in local clubs — just more of them at once than you’d ever see any other week of the year. Which makes it feel much less like a straightforward festival experience and more like an extremely amped-up version of a night out in Brooklyn (if one sponsored and therefore subsidized by Heineken, Jameson, Vitaminwater, and General Electric).
As always, we’re looking forward to the Northside Festival. Here are some of our highlights: