Marty Markowitz & Beirut & L Magazine staff @ Brooklyn Borough Hall

As you can see in the above photo, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz was on hand at the press conference this morning, as was now-confirmed Northside Festival headliner Beirut. Tickets will be HERE. More confirmed artists below...



While we were out claiming the land of Williamsburg and Greenpoint to be ours (at least for four days in June, that is), you were home wondering what on earth it was that we could be announcing. Well, aside from the fact that four-day, all-ages badges to Northside Festival will go on sale this Friday at 10am for a limited-time price of $60 (purchase here!), here are some highlights:

This year we have a 5,000-capacity outdoor space at McCarren Park in Williamsburg. Folk mastermind Beirut will headline this stage on Friday June 17th.

A taste of what else is in store this year: Deer Tick, Javelin, Delicate Steve, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt!, Twin Sister, Ava Luna, Allo Darlin', and Gabriel and the Hounds, with over 250 more bands to be announced throughout the next 10 weeks.

Some of our showcases presenters will be BrooklynVegan, Kanine Records, Consequence of Sound, FREEwilliamsburg, Luaka Bop, Lefse Records, Hardly Art, Sacred Bones Records, Brooklyn Bodega, NYCTaper and Panache Booking.

Festival goers can expect indie film screenings curated by some of the most relevant names in the business, neighborhood art galleries opening their doors free to the public for Northside Open Studios in conjunction with Greenpoint Open Studios, and Bedford Avenue to be closed down to traffic on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

New for 2011 is Northside's "Ideas" component, a series of panel discussions exploring the ways business innovators intersect with creative inventors; complete with schmooze sessions.

A Northside DIY Film Competition for shorts and features is in the works as well, bringing developing filmmakers together under one roof. The finalists' works will be screened at UnionDocs in Williamsburg before indie-minded producer Ted Hope, DIY pioneer Todd P, and other jury members. Prizes include cash, an exclusive Northside Rooftop Films screening, and camera rental packages.

And finally, your favorite piece of info to take away from this sweet, sweet email:

Four-day, all-ages badges will go on sale this Friday at 10am for a limited-time price of $60. Individual tickets to the all-ages Beirut and Sharon Van Etten show at McCarren Park on June 17 are available for $25 advance / $30 day of the show. Tickets are available through our website.

Happy Summer everyone. See you at the Park.


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