Posted in music | tour dates on April 6, 2009

Northside Festival

Oh, hey, look it's Monday and it's rainy and miserable outside. Which is why you're seated comfortably in front of your computer looking for things to brighten your otherwise awful day. So the timing is perfect, it seems, for our first list of confirmed performers at this year's Northside Festival. For those of you who will only continue reading if you can be guaranteed a certain level of awesomeness, Sunset Rubdown, Bishop Allen, The Dodos, Bill Callahan, Vivian Girls, The Van Pelt, Brightblack Morning Light, O'Death, Asobi Seksu, and John Vanderslice are all included.

Now, you want to get yourself a badge, obviously, so that you can go see all this amazing music right in your own backyard, and so that you can take advantage of all the food and drink specials that'll be included. Good thing they'll only cost you $45 if you act now. We're selling a limited amount at this price, so don't sleep on it, folks. (Badge-holders must be 21 or older as of right now, but don't worry, kids, we've got some stuff in the works for you as well.) [Northside Festival]

The Northside Festival runs from June 11-14 in all or most of the venues in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. A badge lets you jump around from venue to venue on a first come, first served basis. The badge sale page says:
FULL FESTIVAL 4-DAY PASS!
A very limited number of badges will be available at this discounted price! (Arrive to venues early to guarantee entry)

4 days, 30+ venues, dozens of galleries, lots of showcases, hundreds of bands - check northsidefestival.com often for updates!
Redeem your hard ticket at the Northside Registration Booth (booth location TBD at northsidefestival.com) to obtain your badge & other Northside goodies.

Each venue will be letting a certain amount of badges in per show in addition to individual ticket sales. I'm sure it's probably a good deal, but without the exact schedule, the badge might also be a bit of a gamble...

Full list of currently-announced artists below...

Aaron Behrens
The Albertans
Andrew D'Angelo's Gay Disco Trio
Asobi Seksu
The Beets
Bill Callahan
Bishop Allen
Brightblack Morning Light
Browns
Cale Parks
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Dark Faith
Dinowalrus
The Dodos
Doug Paisley
Dragons of Zynth
Drink Up Buttercup
Endless Boogie
Henry Wolfe
Home Video
Homosexuals
John Vanderslice
Katie Eastburn
Kilgore Trout is Dead
Kneebody
La Strada
Motel Motel
Murder Mystery
O'Death
Obits
Pretty & Nice
Pterodactyl
Quo Vadis
Real Estate
Screaming Females
Sean Bones
Sir Richard Bishop and His Freak Of Araby Ensemble
Steve Coleman's Five Elements
Sunset Rubdown
tUnE-YaRdS
Virgin Forest
Vivian Girls
War on Drugs
We Are Country Mice
Zaza

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Comments (83)

Sunset Rubdown? Ahhh, so excited! Way cheaper than APW, too.

Posted by Williamsburger | April 6, 2009 5:26 PM

"Ahhh, so excited! Way cheaper than APW, too"

APW is a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT kind of festival. Apples and oranges.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 5:28 PM

Does seem like a pretty good deal. But who knows if this is one of those things where even if you have a badge you have to arrive like 8 hours before the show to get in...

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 5:32 PM

This looks amazing. Can't wait!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 5:38 PM

Shows at Music Hall cost $15, so if you go to at least 3, that pays for your badge right there.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 5:42 PM

"Shows at Music Hall cost $15, so if you go to at least 3, that pays for your badge right there. "

yeah, but the festival is only four days and some of the shows are at venues like Bruar Falls and Public Assembly

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 5:43 PM

Vivian Girls!!! How on earth did they land them?? They never play NY, so good work on that.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 5:45 PM

"Ahhh, so excited! Way cheaper than APW, too"

oh god, please don't start comparing this to All Points West. I'm going out tonight, tomorrow, the night after that, and the night after that = The Northside Festival.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 5:46 PM

Will the daytime shows cost money?

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 5:47 PM

dodos, sunset rubdown, vanderslice, cymbals eat guitars. meh on the rest.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 5:49 PM

All points west is garbage.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 5:53 PM

APW is clearly NOT garbage this year. there are TONS of good bands playing, many of which are playing on friday. are you honestly going to say THE BEASTIE BOYS and THE NATIONAL both aren't worth seeing?

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 5:54 PM

la strada sucks sooo bad. its liked they listened to 'funeral', heard 'wake up', and was like "Hey, lets write songs that incorporate an OOOHH OHHH similar to that ONE arcade fire song, over and over again!!!!!"

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 5:56 PM

No Forms?

Rectify that!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 5:56 PM

yes

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 5:57 PM

The beastie boys? Ha! Maybe if I was a 19 year old frat boy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 5:57 PM

people will actually pay for this shit?

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 5:58 PM

Not too impressed... I haven't heard of over 90% of the bands. Was hoping there'd be some bigger name acts...

Posted by Chris F | April 6, 2009 6:03 PM

McCarren Pool guerrilla gig!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 6:06 PM

Chris F -- if you haven't heard of over 90% of these bands your knowledge of music is lacking, to say the least.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 6:16 PM

Brooklyn Vegan message board in a nutshell:

Hipster: [pick band name from above] sucks now. They were so much better back [fill in dates/album/previous band incarnation]. [ask inane question about setlists and/or opening acts]. The sound at [pick venue name] sucks. [Pick one: (A) "This festival sucks because of the Vivian Girls", or (B) "This festival would suck if it weren't for the Vivian Girls"]. [ask inane question about Daft Punk and/or Dan Deacon, and what time they play]. [completely unrelated mention of gentrification].

Response to Hipster: [fill in snide comment about NYU]. [fill in snide comment about fashion]. [fill in snide comment about the midwest].

Repeat ad nauseam. It never gets old.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 6:18 PM

the van pelt! woo hoo!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 6:18 PM

6:18...don't forget about Yaps.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 6:20 PM

6:16 will be easy to spot at the festival. He'll be wearing this:

http://www.typetees.com/product/917/I_listen_to_bands_that_don_t_even_exist_yet?=

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 6:22 PM

Snoozefest..........haven't we already seen all these bands play around here so many times already? Geezzzzz

I rather go to Cake Shop or Pianos than go to Hipsterville

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 6:25 PM

Ew. May I suggest a boycott?

Posted by Anon. | April 6, 2009 6:27 PM

Pretty thin starting lineup but I bought a ticket. It is only $47 after fees. And given the curators involved, it should be fairly respectable by the time the lineup is final.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 6:28 PM

The people complaining about the caliber of bands playing this are probably the same folks who were, just two weeks ago, complaining about SXSW having become too corporate & mainstream.

Absolutely NOTHING will make you miserable fucks happy, will it?

Go die.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 6:29 PM

vivian girls playing a festival? reaally? no way

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 6:35 PM

snarky comments from unoriginal hipsters on Brooklyn Vegan? really? no way?

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 6:37 PM

"Snoozefest..........haven't we already seen all these bands play around here so many times already? Geezzzzz

I rather go to Cake Shop or Pianos than go to Hipsterville"

yup, no hipsters or pretentious folks on the lower east side or at cakeshop.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 7:00 PM

are "toddP" bands goign to be at this? or just mainstream indie/

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 7:01 PM

dammit.... same weekend as Bonnaroo!

Posted by Anna | April 6, 2009 7:01 PM

Anonymous: My knowledge of music ain't too shabby.
I read Rolling Stone, Blender, AP, and Spin every month. So my question is... why don't I see any lady gaga or coldplay up on this here list?

Posted by Chris F | April 6, 2009 8:19 PM

Chris F, please note that MOST people who read this blog on a daily basis do not use any of those publications for music. The year is 2009 - you click on a link, listen to a few songs, decide you like it, download via itunes or for free, see the band if you like them a lot rinse & repeat. At no time does anyone with any sensibility wait for Rolling Stone, Blender, AP, or Spin tell you what to listen to. They're always too late.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 8:25 PM

hey event organizers... can I start by saying this is a pretty weak lineup. Why bother?

more pointedly, don't call 18 to 21 year olds "kids." it's fucking insulting.

You're the ones discluding certain adults arbitrarily based on a minor age difference.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 8:28 PM

why bother with anything, nothing is worth something.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 8:32 PM

poorly said, 8:32, and a flimsy argument.

it's more like, if you're going to bother, do a more solid job than this.

this is unspectacular, and that's being generous.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 8:39 PM

"Don't call 18 to 21 year olds "kids." it's fucking insulting."

C'mon, grow up.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 8:45 PM

don't participate in age discrimination, it's offensive and it's JUST about the money.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 9:05 PM

...and a flimsy complaint - if you don't find the lineup satisfactory, as the opening for a new festival, then don't pay for the pass. or take the initiative and start your own festival and have all your favorite bands promptly say "no" when all you can offer as incentive is "i have awesome taste".

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 9:05 PM

ha ha ha 9:05. you have no idea what you're talking about

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 9:10 PM

actually, it's totally fair game to citicize the lineup when a festival gets announced.

Especially if it comes out the gate as full of itself as this press release reads.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 9:15 PM

Sorry guys there are a lot of Brooklyn based bands that should have been on this but are not:
Brought Low, Awesome Color, Nouvellas, Anabolics, Weird Owl, Fleshtones, Bullys, and the list goes on. Pretty disappointing list. Will catch the bands individually that I like.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 9:36 PM

As suspected, it would be a bunch of local bands, most likely friends of the organizers.

How is this festival any different from the After The Jump Festival? Everyone remembers how much the evening shows bombed.

"(Arrive to venues early to guarantee entry)"

Here is where the "festival" falls apart. Similar to CMJ: even your fancy pass can't get you in to the better shows. So in the end you get stuck with a bunch of local bands for $45 when you can probably see them all two weeks later for $5.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 9:50 PM

blah blah blah blah - obama sucks, who do radiohead think they are, red is a better color than blue

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 10:50 PM

awesome color don't live in NYC anymore!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 10:52 PM

As one of the presenters of a showcase my opinion on Northside Fest is a little skewed in their favor, but I have to say I like what I see from this 1st year fest so far. They reached out to local music folks; bloggers, labels, promoters, radio stations and more to come out and put on local shows featuring local bands. For the most part we've all brought in our favorite local talents for the four nights of this, with a little bit of outside talent that happened to be touring through the area thrown in for good measure. I think the whole idea behind it is to shine a light on all the great, different sounds coming through the borough right now while keeping it localized to one area with a vibrant night life and plenty of clubs to fill with music. For $45 you are getting a shot at going to a shit ton of shows and art galleries and there is a reserved amount of badge spots at each and every club for this so chances are, if you have a badge you'll be able to get in where you want to. I think it's a pretty good deal and it's a great opportunity for local artists to show off to crowds that normally I wouldn't head out to see them play. Maybe they'll make a new fan or you'll find a new band to support. To me it seems like a great idea, and though there will definitely be kinks to work out, these should be a great event!

Posted by Pat | April 6, 2009 11:41 PM

This festival would be incredible if it were a "real" festival that is held outdoors, so that you can walk over from stage to stage.

But indoor venues? Limited ticketed capacity? CMJ Redux.

"the whole idea behind it is to shine a light on all the great, different sounds coming through the borough right now"

If that is the idea, why are the Vivian Girls playing for the umphteenth time? Or Dragons of Zynth or La Strada or many of the bands listed that already play in NYC a ton.

I will still consider going if they are up front about the number of passes that will be sold. I will not put up with over capacity.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 9:40 AM

from what i've heard there's gonna be outdoor stuff, too.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 9:43 AM

yes, la strada is bad. but how in the sweet lord's name do you like vanderslice? shit's weak.

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | April 7, 2009 10:17 AM

yes, la strada is bad...everyone knows that. but how in the sweet lord's name does anyone like vanderslice? shit's weak.

otherwise, i'll give this an emphatic shrug. could be better, could be worse.

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | April 7, 2009 10:24 AM

everybody stop fiiiiighting

im considering this. anybody know how much the price will jump after this limited amount sells?

Posted by sarahspy | April 7, 2009 10:50 AM

this is a waste of time and will be a bit of an embarassament if it manages to get the press to call it "representative of the Brooklyn scene."

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 11:21 AM

CMJ sucked in the first place, except for free booze. why do we need this b.s. from a magazine that has nothing to do with anything really going on in brooklyn anyways?

oh well.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 12:15 PM

I'm going to stop shaving & showering now to make sure I have enough hipster indie cred by the time this festival rolls around.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 1:27 PM

BV said "Full list of currently-announced artists below."

"Full list" is kind of misleading, but "currently-announced" is really the key phase.

The reality is that less than half of the showcases have been announced, there is going to be a larger list of bands within the next week.

Posted by Another Northside Presenter | April 7, 2009 2:01 PM

true. other than vanderslice, we don't even know who's playing the bv show yet.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 2:05 PM

yeah, the list of curators is about 1/2 as long as the list of bands. There will be a ton more added.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 2:15 PM

I would like to take a moment to thank the organizers for at least trying to do something productive & creative, rather than sitting behind a computer screen, being a parasite, and complaining about everything that gets posted on here while contributing absolutely nothing productive to society, as some folks on here seem wont to do.

Posted by Alex | April 7, 2009 2:17 PM

cop out response, "alex"

you can whine that everybody here is just a lazy back seat driver complainer, but what do you know?

is it not possible to be both active /and/ critical of this sort of wanna-be music industry festival bullshit, both at the same time?

you have no idea who your detractors are, who's to say we aren't all very active in the music community.

previous posters have got it right, one thing we DON'T need is another CMJ / SxSW style festival, especially if it's done poorly, as this one appears to be. CMJ is already crappy enough.

this is a waste of everyone's time, and will be a waste of money for the poor unfortunate idiots who actually buy passes to this thing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 2:36 PM

Alex @ 2:17 > anon @ 2:36

Posted by drewo | April 7, 2009 3:10 PM

Actually, 2:36, I have nothing to do with the Northside Festival. In fact, I won't even be in town that weekend as I already have plans in PA, so this doesn't effect me one way or the other. Truth be told, the lineup doesn't impress me all that much...it's not bad, but it just doesn't get me all that excited either. Then again, the full line-up hasn't been announced yet, so there's still some promise of it improving.

But like I said, at least they're trying, which is more than I can say for you, and people like you, who do nothing but complain anonymously on the interwebs.

I don't get why a bunch of people reading a music blog would spend all of their time complaining about music, venue boycotts, tearing people down, being negative, etc. Seems like a really pathetic waste of time.

Stop being such a sad little man, get out of your apartment, and go enjoy life a little bit more. And heck, maybe try being proactive & creative yourself for a change...that is, if you can get over your fear of rejection, which is at the root of why you spend your time complaining instead of creating.

Being a cynic is the easiest gig out there. So kudos to you for taking the easy, safe route in life.

Posted by Alex | April 7, 2009 3:14 PM

whoa boy, I do lots more than complain on the internet, you don't even know. Actually, you know nothing about me or anyone else talking here.

what a weak way to counter people's legit criticisms of your festival. If you disagree with the detractors then explain why, better, but calling people names and jumping to ridiculous conclusions about people's contributions to the "scene" doesn't prove anything except that you're a really defensive bunch of mediocre event organizers.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 3:36 PM

SO who are local bands that you guys wanna see on this thing if the announced list of bands is so bad?

Posted by Pat | April 7, 2009 3:37 PM

btw, 3:14, your claim of "not being involved in this festival" is obviously total bullshit


Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 3:41 PM

anon 9:50pm = hitting nail on the head

Call me Nostradamus but this is going to be a giant cluster fuck and a bunch of people are going to be pissed about wasting $45 only to be kept out of the show they really want to see.

O'Death is playing?!?! Wow, the people putting on this event must really know people in the "biz".

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 3:43 PM

Honestly, one of the reasons I got the badge is for the supposed food and drink specials. I plan going to show after show after show, so if I can save a few bucks on booze it'll be worth it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 4:07 PM

sure, 4:07, sure. that wouldn't be a little viral marketting there would it?

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 4:26 PM

This festival seems more akin to San Francisco's Noisepop than CMJ or anything else. Just a glut of great bands at various venues in one short span. And so far, this is one of the best lineups I've seen in a while.

I haven't gone to a CMJ show for the past 2 years at least. It's too big for its britches, and it's just not worth the hassle. But I plan to attend at least 3 of these shows so far. Plus, it's focused specifically around the Williamsburg / Greenpoint area, and there really isn't another fest doing that.

Posted by bd | April 7, 2009 4:40 PM

Nope, 4:26. Just a dude who bought a pass.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 4:47 PM

Anonymous 3:36 -

A) If you're so involved in the scene, and so proud of your work in it, then why are you posting anonymously? Grow a pair.

B) You're right...I don't know you...in part because you keep hiding behind your computer & posting anonymously. But I know your type. It's the bitch & moan & complain in order to prove how much cooler you are than everyone else type...all the while failing to be even the least bit productive or constructive in your own right. Your a dime a dozen.

C) You're a hypocrite. You don't know me either. At all. Yet that's not stopping you from judging me. So it's okay for you to do that, even though it's not okay for me to do it? Whatever.

...which brings me to my final point...

D) If I *was* involved with this festival, then WHY ON EARTH would I have said that I wasn't all that impressed with the line-up? Your deductive reasoning skills are about as faulty and flawed as your parents birth control methods were.

I actually feel bad for you. Seek therapy, get some friends, get out more. I'm done with this conversation.

Posted by Alex | April 7, 2009 5:00 PM

5:00pm you are a silly, sad man who is going to lose a lot of money and waste a lot of time organising a music festival in the next few months

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 6:38 PM

Let me get this straight: the $45 tickets are limited time only?!?!? I was thinking that $45 is a bit steep for local bands, but now they are saying the actual price might be higher? Ouch. How many years did the After The Jump festival last? I thought so.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 10:44 PM

$45??? WTF??? That's like...what...50 cents per band or something??? Fuck that! What a rip-off!

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 11:32 PM

Lame.

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2009 12:26 AM

@10:44pm After the Jump is still going, we just did a couple shows down at SXSW and are co-sponsoring the Deli Mag shows in May. Plus we'll have our big fest we've just moved it to September.

Posted by Pat | April 9, 2009 12:48 PM

I will be there, dont know about the pass though, bar hopping is not my thing...

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2009 1:08 PM

This sounds really dope for the price. I'll fucking be there with my bells on.

Evan
http://www.beyondrace.com

Posted by Evan | April 9, 2009 1:23 PM

lame ass event.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2009 2:41 AM

chodchella > boneroo > apw > northside > staying at home jerking it > hipsters (lowest of the low)

Posted by nigga wit attitude | April 17, 2009 12:48 PM

Northside was totally awesome, and small, and local, and I saw a bunch of bands I have never heard of, and that was a thrill. There is something to be said for big famous festivals with tons of famous indies playing. This is a different kind of festival, and it was really great for its own reasons.

You should maybe try seeing an un-known sometime, guys. That's how you discover something new all by yourself, without BV doing all the work for you.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2009 1:09 PM

Will the Northside organizers, like the one above, please stop posting anonymous comments about how great the "festival" was. It's quite pathetic and obvious.

"This is a different kind of festival"

Yeah, right. You know the festival has problems when they need to resort to fake postings in order to defend-themselves/give-kudos. So very sad.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2009 1:42 PM

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