Posted in music | tour dates on March 17, 2009

Northside Festival

"This has been a long time coming, but we at The L Magazine are pleased to finally and officially announce the first annual Northside Festival. Taking place from June 11-14 in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, it is, as we've grown accustomed to saying, a four-day celebration of the independent music and art scene that thrives here in New York City, with live music being held at nearly every venue in the area (including some that haven't even opened yet), and art events at some of the most relevant galleries in the neighborhood.

What bands are playing? Well, while we will be booking our fair share of shows on our own, it's important to us that the festival has as many different voices as possible, so we've invited some of our favorite NYC music people to curate their own showcases full of what they think are the bands you should be listening to. There will be a pronounced focus on local artists, obviously, because that's sort of what we do, but be on the lookout for a few special guests from out of town as well.

For the visual art portion of Northside, we've teamed up with the nice people over at the Williamsburg Gallery Association, who will be calling attention to area galleries with some amazing exhibitions on display...

...Four-day passes will on sale shortly at what will surely be a ridiculously low price, and you'll definitely want to get yours quickly, not only so that you can get into every single show at Northside, but also so that you can get drunk for less money than everyone else, as you take advantage of the many drink specials we'll have on offer all weekend." [NorthSide Festival]

The idea behind this is to bring a sort of non-industry, SXSW-like festival to Williamsburg and Greenpoint, an area saturated with venues all within walking distance of each other. Some showcase presenters have already been announced - Kanine Records, WFUV's The Alternate Side, Gothamist, Frenchkiss Records, and BrooklynVegan.com included.

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Comments (59)

this will likely be crap

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 1:08 PM

Can something really be the "First Annual?"

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 1:11 PM

Oh the optimism!

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 1:12 PM

Maybe the first year won't be great, but if you have faith, maybe by the third year NYC will really have something to look forward to every year.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 1:13 PM

This has the potential to be really awesome. Hope Grizzly Bear plays.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 1:17 PM

cool?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 1:18 PM

This is same weekend as Bonnaroo

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 1:24 PM

this will destroy, and Im very optimistic seeing who is involved in curating. Hopefully something as important as Pitchfork fest in Chicago. Some kind of outdoor venue would be nice to be included like McCarren Park for ex.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 1:25 PM

There's a lot of negative nancys around here.

This sounds great! Hopefully they get some good acts (looking at you BV!).

Posted by wembley | March 17, 2009 1:34 PM

sounds like it could be awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 1:34 PM

@ Anonymous 1:24

Grizzly Bear is playing Bonnaroo. Sorry.

Posted by Alex | March 17, 2009 1:37 PM

Inside word is that this is already a clusterfuck in terms of being completely disorganized.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 1:38 PM

so there is basically no info about who's going to play at this yet. awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 1:40 PM

clusterfuck or not, its nice that someone is attempting something like this. y'know rather than just whining about the lack of festivals in NY. besides, do you really think that the first run of something like this is bound to go smoothly? you can't be that naive, can you?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 1:44 PM

Will this be another all white indie rock type of affair or will they try to represent all the different types of music available in our great city?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 1:45 PM

Will there be valet parking for all the local condo fucks in the area?

Posted by Daggers | March 17, 2009 1:47 PM

lets get some outdoor rooftop and backyard bbq shows for this..

Posted by anon | March 17, 2009 1:48 PM

i wouldn't knock the l magazine's curatorial skills -- do you remember when they picked the pains of being pure at heart as a band to watch? that was almost a year ago...

Posted by ed | March 17, 2009 1:56 PM

if you're a band that doesn't no someone it will be really hard to play at this...don't sign up through the website it's a totaly scam to create a sonic bids account for 6$/month

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 2:00 PM

hopefully it won't just be an indie rock jerk around, we don't need another siren festival. please.

Posted by BARRY FROM BROOKLYN | March 17, 2009 2:10 PM

actually, we do need another siren type of festival...
only one that is good! i have hope for this.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 2:15 PM

If you're a local band who doesn't know someone curating a showcase at this Fest, odds are you've been living in a cave.

There are going to be dozens of showcases hosted by all different types of media outlets with hundreds of bands -- a majority of whom are from New York.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 2:29 PM

why only williamsburg/greenpoint? Bushwick/P Slope/Gowanus all have great venues.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 2:37 PM

Union Hall is going to be one of the venues, so it does stretch beyond WB/GP.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 2:40 PM

union hall ain't northside!

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 2:45 PM

who's hating on siren? siren is great. a day of free music at coney island... usually with at least 3 or 4 acts I'd really like to see...

It's hot, yeah. The sound isn't perfect, ok.... but's always a blast.

Any news on Siren this year? With Astroland closed this year, maybe they'll have more space for the stage next to the cyclone.

Posted by wembley | March 17, 2009 2:50 PM

Union Pool is a venue, not Union Hall.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 2:50 PM

I've heard both.
Union Hall is opening night.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 2:56 PM

I've heard both.

Union Pool [correction] is opening night.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 2:57 PM

Kent and S. 2nd Street is the new Bleecker and Bowery...

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 3:07 PM

It's about time there was something like this in Brooklyn. Take that Coachella smellah.

Posted by Mel | March 17, 2009 3:55 PM

Can we get Andrew WK to play this?

Posted by Ava | March 17, 2009 3:57 PM

^ No, he plays here enough as it is.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 4:08 PM

a lot of these comments sound like L mag insiders. i still wouldnt read this at san loco.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 4:30 PM

Anyone know if this will have day parties?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 4:34 PM

I hope Talk Normal play like 10 shows in 3 days. They should.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 4:48 PM

Just in time to rescue BK from a McCarren Pool-less summer!

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 4:58 PM

"Kent and S. 2nd Street is the new Bleecker and Bowery"

Said like a true Lawrence, KS-cum-Asheville, NC American Apparel-wearing hipster-wannabe never-having-visited-NY douchenozzle.

Please...leave this discussion to the people who know what the eff they're talking about. kthnxbai.


Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 5:13 PM

williamsburg and greenpoint-the land of gentrification of obnoxious white people.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 5:34 PM

5:13 not that I don't think you are right in dissing that stupid comment, but I definitely would not refer to the people who post comments here as "knowing what the eff they're talking about."

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 5:49 PM

maybe the antlers will play, because that cd is on heavy rotation right now in my head.

Posted by baby genius | March 17, 2009 6:08 PM

this has serious potential. it's a great idea.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 6:52 PM

curated shows... i want to think that that could be cool, but i'm afraid it promises disappointment.

Posted by richtig | March 17, 2009 9:57 PM

I doubt this festival will work, any one remember the After The Jump festival? Everyone was excited when it was announced, but then the lineup ended up being very weak. Most bands were simply friends of the event organizers. Very very lame. Plus the format sucked since every show was at a separate venue. Just like CMJ, very crappy.

I hope it works out, but judging from past experiences, I doubt it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 10:57 PM

why don't all you smartasses make some suggestions instead of complaining all the time??

how about a showcase put together by all the haters!

who's in??

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 11:48 PM

"why don't all you smartasses make some suggestions instead of complaining all the time??"

OK, I'll start: please do not have more than 50% local bands. They are local, we see them all the time, let's getting something different for a change. We don't need another These Are Powers show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 12:03 AM

did someone say bleecker and bowery?

http://www.boweryandbleecker.com/

LOL! So Punk! LOL

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 12:19 AM

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NORTHSIDE FESTIVAL HATERS' SHOWCASE

Friday June 12th @ MARKET HOTEL

:: Radiohead
:::: Daft Punk
:::::: Dan Deacon/Bradford Cox Burlesque Show
:::::::: The Soft Pack

| MARKET HOTEL |
1142 Myrtle Ave @ Bdwy | Bushwick, Bklyn
JMZ-Myrtle, L-Jefferson, G-Mrytle/Willoughby | 8pm | all ages | $642.37
| MYSPACE |– http://myspace.com/markethotelnyc

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Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | March 18, 2009 11:13 AM

"how about a showcase put together by all the haters!

who's in??"

If you guys can quit arguing, come to some sort of consensus about who you'd like to represent you at Northside, and send us a realistic wish list, we'll do our best to put together a show just for you. I'll talk to your leader about it when he gets back from Texas, but I'm sure there's a way we can make it work.

Never let it be said that we don't care about you.

Posted by Mike Conklin -- The L Magazine / Northside Festival | March 18, 2009 11:29 AM

You can, however, let it be said that we arrive far too late to comment threads.

Posted by Mike Conklin -- The L Magazine / Northside Festival | March 18, 2009 2:02 PM

can you reunite 764-hero and book them please? thanks. samamidon too. and illinois. those groups didn't break up, just book them. thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 2:12 PM

Ha, I don't think BV cares to be known as the leader of the haters.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2009 6:54 PM

The most important question to ask here is why the Northside Festival? Why not do something that is inclusive of ALL of Brooklyn instead of excluding the rest of it?

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 8:34 PM

"The most important question to ask here is why the Northside Festival? Why not do something that is inclusive of ALL of Brooklyn instead of excluding the rest of it?"

Why do you care? If you want a Southside Festival, start it yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 8:55 PM

Naw, that's a good question, and it's something we struggled with a bit. We'd love to incorporate all of Brooklyn, and who knows, maybe next year or the year after that, we will. For this year, though, we just wanted to start with a very targeted area and make sure we do it right.

Posted by Mike Conklin -- The L Magazine / Northside Festival | March 27, 2009 11:08 AM

Thanks Mike for an honest answer. The post before you seems so childish.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:31 PM

I think its good because you can walk to any of the venues. If you incorporated bell house, southpaw (is that even still around) or those other places down there it would be pretty inconvenient to get to.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:40 PM

if you actually have O'Death playing, i'll be there.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 1:46 AM

The inclusion of The Brooklyn What in the festival, at the very least, will involve musicians who are actually from Brooklyn and not just the "Northside" of BK. I think it's important for the L Magazine to acknowledge Brooklyn as a borough of musicians not just a singular train line.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 12:09 PM

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