Announcing the Northside DIY Film Competition Winners


For the fourth year running the Northside DIY Film Competition invaded Williamsburg. Audiences at Videology were treated to some of the finest up-and-coming films over four days. The Feature prize was selected by a jury comprised of: Joana Vicente, Parker Posey, Ira Sachs, Matthew Grady and Kentucker Audley. The Short Prize is selected by audience vote. After a tough deliberation, Northside Film is proud to announce the following winners:

For the 2014 Feature Prize:

For its brazen and provocative use of both autobiography and cinema, and its brilliantly reveling personal vice, the Northside DIY Film Competition jury gives the Feature Prize to Joanna Arnow for i hate myself : )

For it’s authenticity in character and voice we give a special jury mention for emerging voice to runner-up Misha Spivack for Human Geography.

For its intimate examination of young people condemned to life behind bars we give a special jury mention for activism in cinema to honorable mention Tirtza Even for Natural Life.

For the 2014 Short Prize:

The Northside DIY Film Competition Short Prize is awarded to Andrew Ellis for Eleanor Ambos Interiors.

The close-runner up belongs to another short documentary, Elvis Loses His Excess & Other Tales From The World’s Longest Yard Sale, directed by Riley Hooper.

An honorable mention for the short film A White Suit, directed by Matt Spevack and Joey Fishman.

Winners will receive a cash prize from Northside Film, who will also host a Special Screening Event for the Northside Film DIY Competition winners. Stay tuned for a post here with the official date for that screening!

Other Prizes include: 

MOFILM will provide a $2,500 production grant for a MOFILM production plus mentorship from MOFILM talent.

DCTV will provide both winners with $800 in certificates for equipment rentals, post-production services, and workshops.

CSI Rentals will provide both winners with $250 in gift certificates

IFP will donate one year of IFP membership, which includes access to IFP’s resources and a yearlong subscription to Filmmaker Magazine.  Winners will also receive free tickets to a 5 day Filmmaker Conference during Independent Film Week.

Call for 2015 submissions will open in December 2014.  Congrats again to our 2014 entrants and winners!

Tonight! At 50 Kent! The War on Drugs! Woods! Julianna Barwick!

It was a bummer when rain came and washed away Friday night’s much anticipated Northside show featuring The War on Drugs, Woods and Julianna Barwick. It was crushing, even. But now here we are two days later, and it feels very much like a blessing in disguise. The show has been moved to tonight, effectively making today a strong contender for Best Day Ever, as you now have the chance to spend the first half of it at McCarren Park for the free CHVRCHES show before heading over to 50 Kent — squeezing in a few of the superbly curated club shows along the way — for a fitting, glorious end to the weekend. Set times for The War on Drugs are the same as they were for Friday, but the gates will now open at 6pm instead of 5pm. Tickets are available here.

Set times:

The War on Drugs 8:30pm
Woods 7:30pm
Julianna Barwick 6:45pm
Gates at 6pm

VH1 Makes a Band Famous Tonight at the Knitting Factory

VH1, while known for its influence on media culture across a variety of platforms, has especially left a mark on the highly-populated music portion of the Northside Festival, taking place across Brooklyn over the next three days.

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One of the highlights of VH1’s involvement is their “Make A Band Famous” contest. Over the course of June 12th, 24 bands will compete for a chance in the spotlight, performing for a panel of judges that includes Natasha Bedingfield and the composer of the new film Palo Alto. Along as a spirit guide will be renowned performers such as Travie McCoy and Chris Daughtry. The FREE competition finale will take place at Red Hook’s Liberty Warehouse, and the winning band will perform that night at the Knitting Factory along with other musicians. Check out the live stream below!

The “Make A Band Famous” winner’s concert will take place tonight, June 12th at 8pm at the Knitting Factory, and features Fort Lean, Syd Arthur and Kevin Morby. Make sure you check out all the music entertainment provided by VH1 tonight at Northside. See you there!

Five Questions with the Filmmaker of “I Hate Myself :)”

Nebbishy filmmaker Joanna Arnow documents her yearlong relationship with racially charged poet provocateur James Kepple. What starts out as an uncomfortably intimate portrait of a dysfunctional relationship and protracted mid-twenties adolescence, quickly turns into a complex commentary on societal repression, sexuality and self-confrontation through art.

What was the inspiration for the film? 

I decided to make a personal documentary in the summer of 2010. For the past few months, I had been dating James Kepple, a provocative Texan poet, and he asked me to film the first night of his weekly open mic as a favor. That night we got into a fight though, and the audio was recorded without either of us knowing. While this moment had been painful at the time, when I listened back to the recording later I found it interesting that the same conversation became funny with some distance, and began to think about documenting the relationship further.

Tell us one story from when you were making the film that reminded you why you wanted to work on it in the first place.

There is a scene when I go to Brighton Beach to talk about my thoughts on the relationship and the ending of the film. But when I was trying to shoot the scene on one specific bench, all these Brighton Beach old-timers kept getting in my shot, and using the bench to get the sand off their feet while I was trying to wax eloquent about my feelings etc. I was frustrated while shooting, but later realized the ridiculousness of the situation – it reminded me how even though we try to shape and control elements of our work, there can be real freedom and humor when we allow ourselves to lose that control.

What was the most challenging part of making this film a reality?

I began editing this film just a few months after my boyfriend and I had broken up – because the film was about our relationship, post-production was slow-going at first.

What advice would you give to other DIY filmmakers struggling to get their projects off the ground? 

I think the saying “It’s a marathon, not a sprint” is very applicable to independent filmmaking – it is important to keep moving projects forward and stay optimistic throughout the process, especially when there are setbacks.

For those who know nothing about this film, what is one thing you’d want to tell them? 

I would say that the smiley face in the title is pronounced, and if you’ve ever wanted to watch someone pull their own tooth out, this film’s for you.

Lineup Change! High Highs Added to Friday’s Free Show at the Palladia & VH1 House at Knitting Factory

Attention, Northside! There’s been a linuep change for this Friday night’s free show at the Palladia & VH1 House at the Knitting Factory. X Ambassadors sadly won’t be able to make it due to a family emergency, but we’re newly psyched to announce that HOLYCHILD will now be joined by High Highs. The transplanted Australian pop three-piece has a sound that’s pretty and gentle, with acoustic elements that mingle easily with the low-level electronic shimmer as singer Jack Milas bobs just above.

Come bliss out with us for the perfect summer night!

5 Questions with the Filmmaker of “When I Walk”

When I Walk is a candid and brave chronicle of one young man’s struggle to adapt to the harsh realities of M.S. while holding on to his personal and creative life. With his body growing weaker, filmmaker James DaSilva’s spirits, and his film, get a boost from his mother’s tough love and the support of Alice Cook, who becomes his wife and filmmaking partner. The result is a life-affirming documentary filled with unexpected moments of joy and humor. Northside will screen the documentary on Monday, June 16th at 8:30pm at UnionDocs. Buy tickets here. We recently spoke to James DaSilva about the film.

- How long have you been a filmmaker, and what brought you to making films?

I’ve been a filmmaker for over 17 years. Ten years before I got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I finished my first film. It was a short that premiered at Sundance, so straight out of art school I was thrown into the wild world of being a filmmaker. Ever since then, I have been working with HBO and primarily with PBS POV – they’ve been real champions of my work and have shown four of my documentaries!

- What was the inspiration for When I Walk?

There was no real inspiration when I first started the film – it was just an exercise in putting myself and my situation on camera. I treated it like a form of performance art, similar to Marina Abramavic or Vito Acconci. “When I Walk” was an act of perseverance.

- Tell us one story from when you were making the film that reminded you why you wanted to work on it in the first place.

Alice and I scootering around the Guggenheim Museum was a great example of a scene that embodied what I was trying to do with the film. Disability plus art-making = fun.

- For those who know nothing about this film, what is one thing you’d want to tell them?

It is a story about finding perseverance over unforeseen odds. I can guarantee that you will not see anything else like this in another film!

- What are you working on now?

The follow-up to this film, with the working title of “Where You Go I Go.”

Five Questions with the Filmmakers of “Rezeta”

Winner of the Grand Jury Narrative Prize at Slamdance, Frías’ auspicious directorial debut follows Rezeta, a 21-year-old model born in Albania, who arrives in Mexico City after living off of her beauty in many different countries. Soon she meets Alex, the guy in charge of cleaning her trailer during her first commercial gig in Mexico. Their friendship unfolds naturally, but after two failed attempts at dating stereotypical Mexican males Rezeta becomes romantically interested in Alex. This is the story of their complicated love.

How long have you been a filmmaker, and what brought you to making films?

It’s hard to say how long have I been a filmmaker but I can say I’ve loved film for practically all my life. I am the son of a big cinephile who showed me and my siblings great films at least three nights a week.

When I was a little boy I thought being a tourist was like any other job, like dentist or lawyer and it was kind of heartbreaking when an adult told me that being a tourist is not a profession. Most of my film work has to do with cultural clash or with fish out of the water kind of stories and I think this is inspired in the early interest I had to travel and observe differences.

I am now finishing a master in screenwriting at Columbia University but I have been doing my stuff for at least 10 or 12 years now. Before school I just learned by experimenting or working with friends.

What was the inspiration for Rezeta?

I wanted to follow my intuition, improvise a bit, and make a film only with my friends in every role and position… In a way I guess it was kind of an experiment and the story formed throughout the process. When I found out I got the Fulbright thing to go to Columbia, I was kind of scared of what that education could possibly do to my way of doing things. So I decided to make this film before coming to school and make it the way I wanted. I met Rezeta in a commercial shoot where I was working as a second AD and when I saw her and talked to her, I felt she was the right girl for what I wanted to do, and so I just went for it.

Tell us one story from when you were making the film that reminded you why you wanted to work on it in the first place.

The film has many elements of my life: places, anecdotes, friends, etc., so it was great to see how my non professional actor friends would improvise on top of something I had written based on a personal experience.

For those who know nothing about the film, what is one thing you’d want to tell them?

Come watch it, there’s  a good soundtrack in it with some bands from NY, nice images and some places in Mexico City that are not often seen outside of the country.

What are you working on now?

A second feature called “I’m no longer here” In 3 weeks I’ll be attending the Sundance screenwriters lab with the project. I’m excited!

Brooklyn Bazaar Raises the Stage and Stakes for Northside Shows

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Summer means shedding a layer and strutting your stuff, and Brooklyn Bazaar is getting in on the action. The venue that brings you your weekly dose of makers, pop up restaurants, free concerts, arcades, ping pong, mini golf, and misfits is trying on a new look for Northside.

BK Bazaar will be hosting shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend with a little something for everyone. The back half of the space will be used exclusively for the events, transforming the current stage area, food court and half of the vendor area into a one thousand capacity show space. While you’ll still have arcade games and Bare Burger at your disposal, you’ll have more room to let loose and enjoy Williamsburg’s best new big venue.

On Friday, bluesy bro Nick Waterhouse breaks it down with The Vandelles and conductor of our favorite soul train, DJ Jonathan Toubin (tickets here). Saturday brings electronic wizard Will Wiesenfeld, better known as Baths, with the help of American Royalty’s dark psych and Beacon’s southern bass jams (tickets here). The Bazaar will then take Sunday by storm, putting on not one but two epic shows. Swedish black metal titans Watain will take over for their only ‘blood, fire and death’-filled performance in Brooklyn this summer, joined by Kosmodemonic (tickets here). Over at the Warsaw, the Bazaar (along with the Bunce Group) is proud to present UK phenoms Fuck Buttons with Lichens and Odonis Odonis (tickets here).

Head on over to 165 Banker Street and enter at the Beer Garden gate (how convenient!) while you get your fill of the Bazaar’s big stage debut.

Download the Northside Festival App Today!!


Download the Northside Festival app on your smart phone or tablet to navigate the 400 bands, 100 speakers, and 50 films of Northside Festival!

The Northside Festival app has all you need to know about what New York’s largest discovery festival has to offer – the full musical lineup, info on all the films screening, as well as short biographies of innovators and entrepreneurs that will be taking part in the panels and presentations at Northside Innovation. The app also provides attendees with access to listen and watch each of the musical artists that will be performing–  as well as access to buy tickets.

Make the most of your experience.  This year we’ve teamed up with MasterCard to deliver exclusive cardholder experiences at our events.  You can receive special notifications at the festival, but only through the app.

Not the most geographically-savvy Brooklynite? Simply open the app to find the locations of the festivals many venues and cinemas, conveniently mapped out right on your phone along with the date, time and cost of each show. With this app even the most unorganized can schedule their perfect Northside Festival Day.

So download the (Free!) app today!

Last But Certainly Not Least… Nightlands, X Ambassadors and Grizzly Bear spin-off project Assembly Join Lineup

While we never enjoy canceling shows, we’re firm believers in making lemonade with our lemons, and boy do we have some drinks for you. We’re happy to announce two FREE shows that defy gravity (or at the very least, pagination).

Friday, June 13, The Palladia & VH1 House @ Knitting Factory (Late Show)
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Joining HOLYCHILD for a free late show will be Brooklyn’s X Ambassadors. The quartet with the classic “two brothers + two best friends” formula made some noise after jumping unsigned onto Interscope last year before quickly selling out Bowery Ballroom in April. Their R&B-meets-rock-meets-a-little-bit-of-everything vibe is the right formula to keep you going well into the wee hours of Saturday. More info here (we’d say “tickets here,” BUT THE SHOW IS FREE.)

Saturday, June 14, The Palladia & VH1 House @ Knitting Factory (Early Show)
Nightlands is the dreamy, soft-spoken side project of The War on Drugs’ Dave Hartley. Watch the band headline 50 Kent on Friday, then catch Hartley cooling down in whispery psych-driven solitude. With melodic hints of Drugs but a dream journal element that makes it his own, it’s not to miss.

Hibernation season has come to a close, and while we may have taken one bear from the den, two fellow grizzlies are on the move. We are proud to present Assembly, the new jazz project from Grizzly Bear drummer Chris Bear and keyboardist Aaron Arntz with Ben Campbell. Manhattan Inn regulars may have been lucky enough to catch a couple of their low-key performances at the bar earlier this year, but the group will join Northside for its main stage debut. Check out some more info here (again, that’s usually the part where we say “buy tickets here,” but this show’s a freebie.)

5 Questions With the Filmmaker of “Flood Tide”

Flood Tide (Trailer) from Todd Chandler on Vimeo.

Flood Tide is a collaboration with the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea, a project dreamed up by the artist Swoon and built by a group of artists and performers who floated seven large sculptures down the Hudson River. Flood Tide interweaves documentation of this journey with layers of fiction, mythology, and oral history to create a film that both documents and reimagines the real-life project. A group of artists and musicians living in a small, post-industrial town chase jobs, struggle with bills, and use art and music to build their own small world. When their friend Maya dies, they set out on an extraordinary voyage, unknowingly accompanied by her ghostly presence. Northside will host the film’s NY Premiere on Wednesday, June 18th at 7pm at Videology. Buy tickets here. We recently spoke to director Todd Chandler about the film.

–       What makes your film DIY?

In the most literal sense, we did do everything ourselves. We had no budget, a tiny crew, and a camera held together by twine and gaffer’s tape. We basically figured it out as we went.

–        What type of support did you have in making the film?

Flood Tide is really the work of a super supportive extended community of people. The film is a reimagining of the Swimming Cities project on the Hudson River—a project dreamed up by the artist Swoon that involved over 40 artists, performers, and musicians. We built rafts together, ate and slept together, and created this kind of temporary community on the water—a community that continues to exist years later through other collaborations. So, we shot Flood Tide in the middle of this real-life project, and the entire crew of the Swimming Cities really supported the film.

–        What would you ideally like to see happen with the film?

The film has already had more of a life than I ever imagined it would. I’ve been lucky enough to screen pieces and versions of the project in some very special places. Early selections of the film screened on the rafts when we took them to Venice to crash the Venice Biennale in 2009. We would pull up to shore, drop a screen and we (Dark Dark Dark) would play music to a ten-minute assembly of footage that was followed by a theater performance on the rafts. Now that the feature film is finished, I’m happy to have it be out on its own. And, of course the upcoming screening at Northside Festival is really exciting. Given the strong musical elements in the film, Northside seems like a perfect fit. I’m looking forward to sharing the project with Brooklyn.

–        What was the inspiration for the film?

In 2006, when we created the Miss Rockaway Armada and floated down the Mississippi, I kept thinking that I should make a documentary about this amazing project. But I was deeply involved and I didn’t want to step behind a camera. I did spend a lot of time thinking about how to approach such a film. On the rafts, there was no singular narrative thread—everyone involved had a different motivation, a different story. And everyone we met along the way had a different take on it as well: “What are you?” “Do you have orgies on there?” “I’ve always wanted to do that.” Working on the raft projects was a kind of social experiment for me, personally. I generally shy away from big groups or scenes. Living on a junk raft with forty other strong-willed people was challenging and fascinating. The projects raised so many questions for me about social dynamics, community, isolation, privilege, loss, and possibility. Flood Tide was a way for me to continue exploring some of those questions.

–        Tell us one story from when you were making the film that reminded you why you wanted to work on it in the first place.

There’s a scene in the film that is a funeral for a character who has died. Her friends send her out into the river in a canoe. It’s this pivotal fictional moment in the film, and it required a lot of people. We had just pulled ashore on a beautiful island with about two hours of light left. We hadn’t planned to shoot the scene that day, but the location was perfect. We corralled almost the entire crew of the Swimming Cities and improvised this scene. I was frantically getting everyone in place and stressing out about the logistics of getting this done before the light was gone. And there was a moment when I looked into the monitor and for the first time I saw the film becoming real. And I felt a deep sense of gratitude to all of my friends who were standing knee deep (and neck deep) in water for two hours to make that moment happen.

Space Ninety 8 x Northside Fest VIP Ticket Contest

space98 Hey cultural creatures, do you want to win two (twice the fun!) Premium Badges to the Northside Festival? Well thanks to Urban Outfitters, all you have to do is mosey on over to the first floor register at the new Space Ninety 8 location on 98 N. 6th Street and sign up. Five people will win a pair of Premium Badges that give you access to each portion (Music, Film & Innovation!) of next week’s Northside Festival. Come check out speakers from around the country, over 400 bands and film premieres galore as we welcome Urban to the neighborhood with our full on Brooklyn takeover.

Nick Waterhouse Brings his Blues to Brooklyn Bazaar


It’s not every day a former garage guy from the sunshine state takes a turn for the blues, but Nick Waterhouse is here to save our souls. Harking back to classic R&B, Waterhouse is a true student of soul, taking cues from the greats in his songs, shows and production. His buttery crooning guides the sax and syncopation formerly relegated to your 45s, and you never know when a good howl’s on deck. Joined by Brooklyn rock vets The Vandelles and king of the crates Jonathan Toubin, blues is back in a big way in Brooklyn.

Nick Waterhouse will take the stage at Brooklyn Bazaar (165 Banker St) on June 13th. There will be a small batch of early bird tickets available for $10, so act fast and grab yours here! All tickets following the early bird sale will be $18. You can also purchase a music badge if you prefer, which are still available here. With the festival just around the corner, there’s no time like the present to get your Northside game face in gear!

Dan Boeckner’s Operators Makes NYC Debut at Northside

Just because Northside starts in less than two weeks doesn’t mean we’ve stopped adding kick-ass bands. We may never stop! (Logic be damned!!) One of latest additions to the schedule is very near to our Canadian-rock loving hearts. Friday night, June 13 at Baby’s All Right, we’re teaming up with your friendly neighborhood herbivore BrooklynVegan to present the New York debut of Operators, the newest and most mysterious band from multi-group frontman Dan Boeckner. You know the wiry Canuck from his work in Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, and most recently Divine Fits. Joined by New Bomb Turks/Fits’ drummer Sam Brown and one-name synth player Devojka, Operators presents Boeckner at his most direct and hook-driven. Or at least that’s what we’ve heard…

No advance singles have been teased from an already recorded debut album. There’s been no press release or cryptic billboard announcing Operators’ existence. Clicking through rave reports from their first few live shows, scanning YouTube clips, and reading a so-far rare interview, we’ve learned that Operators are a punk-laced synth-pop band, built from analog sounds created live and delivered with raw energy. In describing the project, Boeckner has expressed a need to make electronic music that’s not just headphone fodder but something that demands live witness. “I just thought it would be really cool if, instead of putting stuff up on the Internet or showing it to Pitchfork or Consequence of Sound, we debuted it on stage in front of people.”

We are those people. This will be really cool.

Tickets are $15 adv/day of and on sale now; grab one here to ensure entry. Music and Premium badges will be honored, per usual, on a first-come, first-served basis. We’ll see you there. 

Outdoor x Four: Northside Takes to the Sun and Stage (NOW WITH MORE BANDS!)

Looking for some great outdoor shows this summer without leaving the block? Forget the drive to Tennessee (gas is so expensive) — we’re bringing the noise right to Williamsburg’s main drags. Between June 12 and 15, the festival will fill McCarren Park and 50 Kent with everything from homegrown hip-hop to a synth-packed Sunday. Stroll Bedford Avenue on your way to the stages as we shut it down on Saturday for art installations and live performances galore as part of Williamsburg Walks. Hang a left on N 12th for The War on Drugs, Beirut, Thee Oh Sees, CHVRCHES and a dozen other bands shaking things up onstage. Brooklyn pop priests Woods, Minneapolis garage force The Blind Shake, the Bronx’s own kora king Malang Jobarteh — it’s all happening as the sun sets on Brooklyn. Below, we break down this year’s four big outdoor lineups.

The War on Drugs
+ 1 TBA
Thee Oh Sees
The Blind Shake
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
+ 1 TBA
*Beirut curates a bill of New York’s post-hip-hop phenoms and Bronx-based kora master Malang Jobarteh
Malang Jobarteh
The Range

Daniel Rossen Show at the Knitting Factory Canceled

Hey Northsiders, we regret to inform you the Daniel Rossen show at the Knit has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. Tickets purchased online will be automatically refunded via TicketWeb. Tickets purchased at the Knitting Factory Box Office can be refunded at the box office. We’ll have an updated headliner for you soon, so stay tuned! 
And we hate to continue the unfortunate news, but Kiesza will also no longer be joining us for the free late-night show on 6/13 at the Knit due to a rerouting of her tour. HOLYCHILD is still on board, though, with more TBA.  
These things happen, but not to worry! On Thursday we’ll be adding a bunch more bands to our full-to-bursting lineup. Make sure to check back then!

5 Questions With the Filmmakers of Derby Crazy Love

Long before “Whip It,” Roller Derby was making a massive comeback across to country. As much about feminism as it is about physicality, the sport has become the fastest-growing women’s sport in the world. Derby Crazy Love explores that phenomenon. Northside will host the film’s NY Premiere at indieScreen on Monday, June 16 at 7:30pm. Buy tickets here. We recently spoke with co-directors Maya Gallus and Justine Pimlott about the film.

How long have you been a filmmaker, and what brought you to making films?
We have both been making films for 20 years.
We formed Red Queen Productions in 2003, beginning with “Punch Like A GIrl”, a six part series on women’s boxing, and continued as collaborators, with “Fag Hags: Women Who Love Gay Men”, “Girl Inside”, “Cat City”,  “Dish-Women, Waitressing & the Art of Service”, “The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche” and, of course, “Derby Crazy Love”.
For both of us, telling stories in a visually creative way and creating change through social issue filmmaking is what brought us to filmmaking and keeps driving us forward.


What inspired you to make Derby Crazy Love?
We had made a series about amateur women’s boxing called “Punch Like A Girl” and it was so popular that people started to suggest women’s roller derby as a topic. We didn’t know much about it, except for the wrestling-style theatrics that had been on tv in the 70s/80s, so we didn’t pursue it. Then, when we were making “The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche” a docu-fiction film that couldn’t be further from the subject of derby (a biography of one of the most famous women writers of the 20th century and her hidden life), our editor was a derby gal, and the subject came up again. The World Cup was happening in Toronto, so went, and were blown away by the scene – this incredible subculture, the energy, the spirit, the costumes, the playful names. Once we met Montreal’s “New Skids on the Block”, the top team in Canada, we knew we had a good story. And once we met their nemesis, “The London Roller GIrls” , and the top team in the world, “The Gotham Girls” from New York, we knew this could be a great film!
What was the most challenging part of making this film a reality?
Trying to shoot the action on the track in a way that would convey the excitement was a real challenge, especially during a game, so we wouldn’t interfere with the action. We handed the camera to players during the scrimmages and shot from the centre of the track at some games, as well as from various angles. The end result was that as a viewer, you could feel like you were on the track, inside the action.


For those who know nothing about this film, what is one thing you’d want to tell them?
Derby today is nothing like the wresting-style faked fighting we saw on television in the 70s and 80s. It’s been reinvented as an empowering, player-owned and operated DIY sport. It’s an inclusive sport that embraces all shapes, sizes, genders, sexual orientations, cultures, classes.  For some it’s a very serious sport and tests their athleticism, for others it’s more about the community, the culture and the fun of it, but for all it kicks ass! I guess there’s so much more than “one thing” we’d want to tell people!
What are you working on now?
We have a couple of projects in development, including “The Fruit Machine”, a documentary about the radical gay paper, “The Body Politic”, and its impact on the early gay rights movement in North America, and a dramatic adaptation of a novel, “Nights in the Underground”, by French Canadian author Marie Claire Blais.


Derby Crazy Love screens at indieScreen on Monday, June 16, at 7:30pm. Buy tickets here.

Woods Joins The War On Drugs at 50 Kent

While we were already waiting anxiously to cut the ribbon on Northside’s newest stage, local favorite Woods decided to step in and up the ante. Fresh off their latest release on the band’s own Woodsist label, the pop cocoon will emerge at 50 Kent on Friday, June 13. Join Brooklyn’s busiest road warriors as they help us settle in for sunset and The War On Drugs.

The band are esteemed alum of Northside, having played TWO previous festivals. Catch a piece of their 2011 performance at St. Cecilia’s below. You know what they say about that charming third go round, so grab your tickets for this year here! 2014 music badges are still available here.

The Netherlands Disrupt Industry, Introduce Dutch Music and Film as First Country Partner at Northside!

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With the Northside Festival kicking off on June 12th, the Northside Innovation Conference and Trade Show are right around the corner. This year marks the first time we will welcome a guest-country as showcase presenters at the festival, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. With a long history of startup and innovation, the Netherlands will arrive with a bang and show us the ropes of disrupting industry.

A variety of companies will be showcased on Thursday, June 12th (5:30pm-8:30pm at Wythe Hotel) at the Dutch Pitch Session, including keynote speaker Peter Weijmarshausen, Founder and CEO of 3-D printing company Shapeways. Presentations will also be given by 2014 E-bike of the year creator Van Moof, wearable technology designer Pauline van Dongen and live concert streaming site Tunemelt. Additional presentations will be given by Chordify, Clypper International, Dyflexis, Dwillo, Instant Magazine, Peecho, Screen6, Surfly and We Share Solar.

The fun doesn’t stop there, however. Finish that drink and head on over to the Grand Victory to catch the Dutch music scene at its finest as I Am Oak, MTT, and Traumahelikopter school us in what’s filling radio waves across the Atlantic.

Not to worry, film buffs, the Dutch have you covered, too. Ne Me Quitte Pas is the story of two men who decide to take life, and death, into their own hands. Presented in partnership with Indiewire, it will screen as part of Northside Film on June 18 at UnionDocs.

This year’s festival is sure to inspire the innovator in all and give us a sneak peak at Europe’s hub of entrepreneurship, culture, art, and breakthrough technology. For more information and a full overview on Dutch disruptors of industry celebrating at Northside Festival, follow #DutchToday @DutchCultureUSA, @NlinNewYork or visit

Northside, Vans and FYF Bring the Big Mac to Brooklyn

posterFINAL-web-assetsWe’re a ways away from Canada, but if there’s one man to bridge the gap, you can count on Mac DeMarco. Montreal’s goofball crooner is heading south and helping us kick off the Northside festivities this year. On Thursday, June 12, we’ll team up with the good folks at House of Vans and FYF to host our kind of man. Rounding out the festivities is Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires and Benjamin Booker for a stage full of talented testosterone.

Just a couple blocks down from DeMarco’s label home at Captured Tracks, House of Vans is right on the water at 25 Franklin St. and serves as the unofficial gateway to Greenpoint. Continuing its tradition of awesome free shows, Vans & FYF Fest (who had an announcement of their own this week) are throwing in some extra-special deals for Northside badge-holders. The first 200 badges to arrive before 8pm will be guaranteed entry without RSVP (easy, right?) and a small number to follow after 8pm. Everyone else can RVSP here, with entry first come, first served starting at 7pm.

Come christen the Vans & FYF Summer Music Series Northside style, then head down the street and keep the party going at Panache’s Northside Showcase at Baby’s All Right for Mac DeMarco’s spin-off band Walter TV, Hunters, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Juan Wauters, Big Ups, Homeshake and DJ Jonathan Toubin. All other Thursday nights will be envious.


Ladies and gentlemen, Odonis Odonis. With the release of their sophomore album, Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, the band is making the kind of music that meshes our prolonged youth with our desperate wandering and curiosity for the future. With distorted vocal melodies and captivating guitar riffs, “Mr. Smith” is a song full of the sort of energy sure to keep an audience moving. Come June 15, that means you. While Yvette is no longer on the bill, Odonis Odonis will join Fuck Buttons at Warsaw on the final night of the festival!

Odonis Odonis & Fuck Buttons Tickets Here

We’re Looking For Venue Managers for Northside Film!

1367011250-nitehawk_blog_postHey there, film fanatics! The Northside Festival in Brooklyn is seeking enthusiastic, experienced and responsible individuals to act as Venue Managers for the festival’s film portion, taking place June 16 – 19.

Venue Managers would aide in managing guest lists, acting as a filmmaker liaison for Q&A sessions and representing Northside at screenings. Must be comfortable speaking in front of a crowd and cool under pressure. Participating venues include: Nitehawk, UnionDocs, the Wythe Hotel, IndieScreen and Videology. It’ll look great on a resume and be a great opportunity to name drop amongst your acquaintances, along with seeing great film programs for free. The seething look of jealousy should be well worth it.

It is an unpaid position, but we’ll reward your great work with a nifty badge for the music portion of the festival, featuring roughly 400 bands. Who could pass that up?

Interested readers should send a resume and cover letter to Sarah Lerner:

Tickets for Northside Film are On Sale Now!


Northside Film is proud to announce that tickets for screenings are now on sale, fresh on the heels of additions to the lineup that include: Fort Tilden (Winner of the SXSW Audience Award), The Selfish Giant (from Clio Barnard, director of The Arbor) and Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton.
To experience all that Northside Film has to offer simply browse our film roster, click on the film you want to see and we’ve got a ticket link ready for you! You can also purchase tickets through our film schedule!



Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: More Than 150 Bands Added to Lineup



Doom metal from the American South! Gritty disco from Glasgow! Lovelorn jangle-pop from Toronto! Fierce and lean hip-hop from Brooklyn! And that’s just Pallbearer, Golden Teacher, Alvvays and Ka – only four of the 150+ artists just added to Northside’s Music roster.

And what’s maybe secretly the best part of this all, as we nudge closer to our June 12 kickoff? THERE ARE STILL SO MANY MORE BANDS TO BE ANNOUNCED. We can’t even. For now, though, take a look at the refreshed lineup, get your paws on a badge, or, if you’re the type of person who likes to pace themselves, single tickets to a few choice shows. We’ll be seeing you soon!

Early Bird Pricing for Northside Festival Badges Ends TONIGHT

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Can you see yourself in this picture? We can.

You’re about to be let in on the deal of a lifetime. Or at least, the deal of the summer. We’re ending our Early Bird badge sales at midnight tonight, and we want to make sure all you thrifty festival lovers get the deal you deserve!

Want to schmooze with the city’s top innovators and influencers? Then snap up an Innovation Badge and get a front row seat for talks featuring: Hamdi Ulukaya founder of Chobani; Daniel Doctoroff, CEO of Bloomberg Media; Kevin Hartley, CIO of Keurig Green Mountain; Jon Steinberg the COO and President of Buzzfeed and many many more!

And of course you can grab a Music Badge to see as many of our 400+ bands as possible. This way you won’t have to decide between spending your money on Daniel Rossen or Perfect Pussy or Talib Kweli – You can catch ‘em all!

And don’t forget our newly announced Film Lineup, featuring over 50 films including NY and Brooklyn premieres and programs curated by BAMcinemaFest, IFC Midnight, and indieWIRE. A film badge is yours for the low, low price of $25 if you grab one now!

Can’t decide which of these sounds best? Then you should definitely pick up a Premium Badge, which gets you access to Music, Film, and Innovation events throughout the festival!

You can purchase badges through our handy Badges Page! And, as always we’ll see you at the fest!

Northside Film Lineup Announced

It’s a big world of film out there, but for four days in June, it’s all happening right down the block. From June 16-19, Northside Film will take over five of our favorite venues (Nitehawk, Uniondocs, Indiescreen, Videology and The Wythe Hotel) and screen a number of NY and Brooklyn premieres alongside local and national talent in our fourth annual DIY Film Competition. A $25 Film Badge grants you access to it all, so make sure you swing by the badges page and grab one at the early bird price today!


(If You Take This directed by Craig Butta)

New York Premieres include If You Take This (presented by BAMcinemaFest), Kate Bornstein Is A Queer and Pleasant Danger (presented by DCTV), Derby Crazy Love (presented by Women Make Movies) and Forty Years from Yesterday (presented by Hammer to Nail). Northside Film welcomes to the borough the Brooklyn Premieres of eerie Sundance hit The Babadook (presented by IFC Films), Slamdance Grand Jury prize winner Rezeta (presented by Cinema Tropical), and Tribeca Film Festival award winner Ne Me Quitte Pas (presented by the Dutch Consulate and Indiewire).


(Heavenly Creatures directed by Peter Jackson)

If 16mm is more your speed, we have you covered. The festival will present two programs in the format this year, including Seventeen (presented by BOMB Magazine and Icarus films) and two films by Manifred Kirchheimer presented by the Cinema Conservancy Screening Series. Throwback vibes abound with the presentation of queer cinema classic Heavenly Creatures alongside Barbara Hammer classic Dyketactics, selected by JD Samson on behalf of Queer/Art/Film.

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While it’s always a challenge selecting the top films from a talented batch of submissions, the shortlist for the 4th annual Film Competition is in! Five films will comprise this year’s features ballot (including the NY Premieres of Flood Tide and i hate myself), selected by a jury featuring Executive Director of IFP Joana Vicente, Parker Posey, Love is Strange director Ira Sachs, Factory 25 Founder Matthew Grady and Sun Don’t Shine actor and founder of NoBudge Films, Kentucker Audley. Three shorts programs will be selected by audience award. Winners receive a prize package totaling over $10,000 in value, including services from DCTV, Made in NY Media Center, a pass to the 5-day Filmmaker Conference and more.

Make sure to grab your Northside Film badge here while it’s on sale for the low price of $25. Early bird pricing ends at midnight Wednesday, May 7! Tickets to individual screenings will be available for purchase on May 15.

WE WANT YOU (to Volunteer for Northside)


Northside is almost upon us, and we’re ready to take over Williamsburg and Greenpoint for the sixth year running. But we’re going to need an army of volunteers to make that happen. Volunteers are an integral part of the festival’s success, ensuring that things run smoothly throughout Brooklyn’s busiest week in the music, film, art and innovation divisions of the festival. Oh, hey, here’s a cool thing: Volunteers who work two shifts will receive a Northside Festival Premium badge. In case you’re better with numbers, that’s a $275 value for a few hours of your time helping to put on Brooklyn’s largest discovery festival.

What will you be doing? Volunteers are mainly responsible for managing the door at every show to make sure that the proper number of badge-holders is permitted inside each venue, but there are a ton of other positions available. Cinephiles are welcome to help out with our fifth annual Film Festival. Techies are invited to get their wires crossed at our Innovation panels or the Northside Trade Show in McCarren park. You can also help lead the charge at Northside HQ at McCarren Park, building gift bags, stocking green rooms for bands, and hanging out with the coolest festival staff in the world (or at least, like, in North Brooklyn?).

What does a Premium badge get me? Your Premium badge (the upper echelon of badges) will grant you access on a first-come, first-served basis to every show taking place during the festival, in addition to all Northside innovation, art and film events. It also guarantees you entrance to the two free shows in McCarren Park, so you can skip the lines for CHVRCHES and Thee Oh Sees. You’ll also be able to walk into tons of bars and restaurants in the neighborhood and get discounts on food and booze by flashing your badge throughout the weekend. It’s the ultimate accessory… almost as cool as that staff t-shirt we’ll ask you to wear. (Truth: the shirt’s not bad. We even spring for extra-soft cotton.)

How do I sign up? By heading over to this page and filling out a quick survey with your info. Then we’ll be in touch with further details, dates, times, etc. Don’t delay! With free shows and screenings on the line, volunteer slots fill up quick!

We can’t wait to kick it in the sun with the best part of the festival: YOU!

More Shows, More Tickets, More Happiness

Can you guys feel that in the air? We think it’s called “sunshine.” Webster says it’s “the warmth and light given by the sun’s rays,” but we say it’s a reminder that Northside is around the corner. Seems like an appropriate time to announce a few more shows in anticipation, then.

    • Neon Indian refuses to let you sleep on June 12, manning the DJ deck and prompting a late-night Lazerpop dance party at Glasslands. What you need to know: Wear breathable cottons. Thursday, 6/12 (late show), doors at 11:30pm, $15, or free with a Music or Premium badge on a first-come, first-served basis. Grab tickets here and badges here.
    • French house duo Klingande keeps you in the “you can sleep when you’re dead” mind-set, elegantly urging you to dance into their piano and saxophone-led electronic immersion at another Glasslands late-night party on June 13. What you need to know: Is it possible to sweat elegantly? You’ll find out. Friday, 6/13 (late show), doors at 11:30pm, $12 adv, $15 day of, or free with a Music or Premium badge on a first-come, first-served basis. Grab tickets here and badges here.

But first, first get in touch with your feelings and imagine this being played with just an acoustic guitar:

RSVPs for Thee Oh Sees at McCarren Park Are Up For Grabs

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Remember that time you heard about a FREE show in McCarren Park with garage-rock titans Thee Oh Sees? Oh, wait, was that yesterday? Yes, yes it was. You have impeccable memory. Now let’s test your reflexes. RSVPs to the band’s June 14 shindig are officially open! Get on that. 

And now for the small print: a RSVP does not guarantee entry, so it’d be best to arrive at the show early (gates open at 1pm), unless, of course, you’re a Music or Premium badge-holder. Then all you have to do is flash your badge at the gate — very Miami Vice like. We’ll be saving you a spot.


Northside Summer Concert Series Comes to Life!

uhhhhhh002What it lacks in nature, Brooklyn certainly makes up for in real estate, so Northside was happy to snag some of the area’s most precious park space. We’ve partnered with the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, the conservancy tasked with making sure there are still places to play in the hippest hood. Together we’re taking over the 6,000-capacity outdoor venue that is 50 Kent (on the corner of Kent Ave and North 12th) and breaking it in with a whole summer full of concerts.

There will be nine events in total, and three of these are free! We’re kicking things off with The War on Drugs and Beirut of course, two Northside Festival favorites that will break in the venue with the seasoned prowess of veterans. Stay tuned for all of the Northside Summer Concert Series updates at its brand new site, where you can also purchase tickets and check out pics from past shows at the space.

Tickets for The War On Drugs on 6/13 at 50 Kent
Tickets for Beirut on 6/14 at 50 Kent

How To Spend a Perfect Saturday in Brooklyn: Attend a Free Show With Thee Oh Sees in McCarren Park

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West Coast guitar clobberers Thee Oh Sees are headed to Northside to play their first New York show back on the road post-hiatus. (Remember? They were on hiatus for a hot minute — thank god that’s over — before announcing their just-released new album, Drop.) On Saturday, June 14 the band will headline a FREE show at McCarren Park, so you’ll be reminded how fun this whole rock-music thing can actually be.

The show, like with CHVRCHES on June 15, is all-ages and will happen rain or shine. Entry is first-come, first-served with a required RSVP, so make sure you head here on Friday, April 25 when they open to the public at noon. As always, Premium and Music badge-holders are guaranteed a spot at both McCarren Park shows, so there’s no need to RSVP if you purchase a badge. (Rest assured, you’ll automatically have a spot at the show.) Buy badges right here. Gates for Thee Oh Sees swing wide at 1pm, with the first band (TBA) on at 2pm, so show up early and grab a front-and-center spot. Let’s see if you can out-sweat frontman John Dwyer. (Our money is on Dwyer.)

Artists: Come and Do Your Thing at Northside Art

NSArt_2014Calling all artists, “artists” and aRTistZ: We want you to come and do what you do best at Northside Festival!

Alongside our partners at Williamsburg Walks and Triskelion Arts, we’re building temporary wall units, interactive installations and public sculptures on Bedford Avenue as part of Northside Art, where we’ll also host performances and live graffiti. There’s just one problem: We can’t do any of those things ourselves. That’s where you come in!

Through May 12, we’re accepting proposals for the following:

1. Live painting, graffiti and collage
2. Interactive installations and workshops
3. Sculpture or stand-alone installations
4. Performance artists

Did we just describe your life’s calling? Send your submissions to and share your stuff with over 80,000 new fans. We can’t wait to meet you!

TWO BIT: Rameet Chawla

TWO BIT is a column that asks our Northside Festival Innovation Panelists two questions about their business and the innovations that help run it.

rameetlargeMeet Rameet, true Renaissance man in the age of multitalented millennials. That beard! That suit! That startup! There doesn’t seem to be a field in which the 31-year-old Mr. Chawla can’t excel, whether it’s founding Fueled and Fueled Collective or catching the attention of city style blogs the world wide web over. The creativity comes in handy at the mobile design and development company he calls home, as Fueled has partnered with Porsche, MTV, Barney’s, the Chicago Bulls, Coca Cola and many more. Fueled Collective is the anchor of NYC’s Silicon Alley, providing a safe space for over 20 startups and 100 entrepreneurs in SoHo’s posh Prince Building to collaborate and flourish. With Fueled offices around the globe, the financier come coder is writing the map on mobile, so tie up that bun and get on board.

In what ways has operating in New York influenced Fueled as a tech startup?
Fueled is very inspired by NYC. It’s impossible not to be. New York is a city that allows people to be themselves. It encourages individuality and creativity. Diversity is a welcome. And originality is celebrated. New York has shaped us by allowing us to break the mold in our work and to move beyond traditional ideas in our Collective office culture. Fueled wouldn’t be the same company if it was in any other city.

What current innovations could your business not survive without?
Most traditional companies in the past had trouble managing a dispersed team. Thanks to a suite of modern SAAS tools like Pipedrive, cloud-based tools like Dropbox and comms tools like Hipchat, we are able to work with our remote team members spread across multiple geographical areas.

It’s Pay Day: Here’s Where to Put Those Pennies

It’s been a whirlwind week over at Northside HQ, cutting the ribbon on our new venue 50 Kent, announcing The War on Drugs and Beirut’s respective returns to the Northside stage and pushing the number of artists at this year’s festival to over 100 (and it’s just the beginning!). Today marks the start of single-ticket sales for five more shows we’re stoked to present at venues around Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick. While a Music Badge will earn you entry to all of them on a first-come, first-served basis, it’s cool if you’re only able to check out one or two that weekend and call it a night. You have shit to do! We get you. If that’s the case, it’d be your best bet to buy tickets to those handful of shows, so you’ll have guaranteed entry no matter what time you show up. Click on the boxes below to start buying…

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Northside #tbt The War On Drugs

The War On Drugs have come a long way since Wagonwheel Blues, their debut album that was the first and last to include Kurt Vile. While the latter has gone on to achieve solo success, Adam Granduciel and his Drugs have found similar fortune, releasing their third album to critical and audience acclaim. With Granduciel channeling the era of Dylan our generation was denied, it’s music that makes you crave a car and a smoke and a long drive.


In addition to a Northside Fest slot in 2011, The War On Drugs stopped by our old office for a performance on L Mag TV. Granduciel is joined by Dave Hartley, Robbie Bennett and drummer Steven Urgo as they lay down two tracks in the inner workings of Northside Media (desk clutter, whiskey, wooden goose and all). It’s an intimate look at a band blowing up fast and evidence that the good dude demeanor on stage is no act. Pull up a chair, take a break from that spread sheet and check out “Best Night” and “Brothers” from Slave Ambient.

The War On Drugs play 50 Kent on Friday, June 13 at 7pm. Purchase tickets here.

Northside Festival Trade Show RSVPs now open!


This year, McCarren Park will once again play host to the 2nd annual Northside Trade Show. We’re gathering the world’s top innovation influencers under a massive 50,000 square foot tent to exhibit “What’s Next” in the heart of Brooklyn — the epicenter of the creative community — and we want you to go for free! We’ve opened up RSVPs for what promises to be this year’s most exciting showcase of tech gurus and startup superstars.


This year’s exhibitors will include leading startups, companies and organizations like MoatGhosteryNYCEDCGilt GroupeHandybookFluentOfferpop and over 100 more! As you walk around the tent you can learn how to rent out your apartment using One Fine Stay, schedule a pickup of your dry-cleaning using FlyCleaners, show your friends what you’re buying online using Cartonomy, and so much more! Also be sure to network with the technology titans in The Startup Center, connect with top influencers, national press and leaders of the VC community, and browse for some sweet exclusive items at the Shopify Pop-Up Village, featuring pop-up shops from online favorites like Zady.


Want to work for your favorite startups or innovative companies? We know it’s hard out there searching for the perfect job as a programmer, engineer or a sales or marketing guru …and well, everyone in the tech world, so this year we’re proud to add Brooklyn’s premier innovation and technology jobs fair to this year’s event. Bring your resume and find yourself a job courtesy of Northside Festival.


Check out an up-to-date list of exhibitors here, and make sure to RSVP to the free event today!

Bloomberg and BuzzFeed and Dwell, Oh My!

How has Bloomberg continued to prosper in publishing’s dark days? Has BuzzFeed changed the way we read the news? Has your company made it when you’ve redefined what it is to tumble?


Find out the answers to all this and more at Northside Innovation’s third annual gathering of New York’s biggest and brightest in tech. On June 12 and 13, Brooklyn sets the stage as entrepreneurs discuss the insight and innovations that have launched their companies into the high-tech spotlight.

President and CEO of Bloomberg L.P., Dan Doctoroff joined the company after serving as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York. Jon Steinberg is the President and COO of BuzzFeed and will be discussing innovation in media. Peter Vidani is the Creative Director at Tumblr, where he probably made the theme you use on your blog.

Venmo Co-Founders Andrew Kortina and Iqram Magdon-Ismail speak on how we are moving toward a cashless society. But not without Lucas. Amanda Dameron, Editor-in-Chief of Dwell, discusses the community of design. Ray Velez, CTO of Razorfish, and Peter Wang, CTO of Refinery 29, share how to use technology to tell a story, and many more!

Innovation Badges are currently available here. Check back for a continually updated list of this year’s Innovation speakers here:

Northside Film Announces First Wave of Premieres

Northside has a long partnership with film in Brooklyn and is proud to announce the first of a number of New York premieres as part of its fifth annual film festival.


IFP presents the NY Premiere of Homemakers, from director Colin Healey, an alum of the 2013 Independent Filmmaker Lab. The film follows rootless and reckless musician Irene McCabey as she arrives in Pittsburgh to claim her inheritance: her grandfather’s crumbling three-story row house. With help from an estranged cousin, Irene must overcome her destructive impulses to transform the forgotten family house into a home worth taking care of.


Factory 25 will present a twofer of premieres: the NY Premiere of Whiffed Out, a short film directed by Jason Giampietro where an abandoned bicycle in a narrow hallway ruins an anxious New Yorker’s summer.


Factory 25 will then present the Brooklyn Premiere of Summer Of Blood from director Onur Tukel, the latter fresh off its NY Premiere at Tribeca. Starring “Girls” actor (and 2013 Northside DIY Film Competition juror) Alex Karpovsky and “White Reindeer” breakout Anna Margaret Hollyman, Summer of Blood centers on a man (director Onur Tukel) who’s unlucky in love and whose confidence is reinvigorated after getting bitten by a vampire.

Additional films include a special 35 mm screening of Věra Chytilová’s Daisies, presented by Reverse Shot and Janus films; and When I Walkdirector Jason de Silva’s life-affirming documentary, presented by POV.

Northside Film Badges can be purchased for $25 here.

Beirut and The War on Drugs Kick Off Northside Shows at 50 Kent


Beirut performing at Northside Festival 2011 (photo by Nicolette Mason)

Blockbuster season is about to kick into full gear, and Northside is breaking out some big guns of its own. We’re pleased to welcome back two veterans to the stage, as The War on Drugs and Beirut return to break in a new venue for the festival in the home of the former Williamsburg Park. 50 Kent is a 6,000-capacity outdoor space located at the corner of Kent Avenue and North 12th Street at the intersection of all things North Brooklyn. The shows will also kick off the Northside Summer Concert Series, so stay tuned for further shows down the line. Catch The War on Drugs Friday, June 13 as they soundtrack your summer Springsteen-style and stick around on Saturday, June 14 to bask in Beirut’s flugelhorn haze. Both shows are all ages and rain or shine. Tickets for The War on Drugs are $20 adv/$25 day of and tickets for Beirut are $35 adv/day of. A Music or Premium badge grants entry to both shows on a first-come, first-served basis.

Not a fan of the great outdoors? Check out some of the 100+ bands we announced as part of Northside this year, including Talib Kweli, Albert Hammond, Jr., Eleanor Friedberger, The Barr Brothers, Perfect Pussy, Lust for Youth, Pharmakon, Benjamin Booker, Diane Coffee, Ava Luna, Yvette and Shamir‘s live debut. Stay up to date on the full lineup here.

Early Bird Music Badges ($65) are on sale now! Purchase badges here. Single-show tickets are available here. So many options.

Holy CHVRCHES: RSVPs Closed but Badges Still Get You a Spot

CHVRCHES – Strong Hand (Unofficial Video) from Secret Powers on Vimeo.

You came, you clicked, you closed out CHVRCHES at McCarren Park. After announcing RSVPs to the free CHVRCHES show opened at noon yesterday, you showed up in droves for the Scotland synth trio and shut down the site. Public RSVPs are no longer available for the June 15 appearance, but a Northside Music or Premium badge still guarantees you a spot. At $65, a Music badge grants entry (on a first-come, first-served basis) into all of the shows during the festival, including Titus Andronicus, Sharon Van Etten, Dead Milkmen and many, many more still to come, while a Premium badge ($275) bundles in all Innovation and Film events on top of Music. Badges are available here!

CHVRCHES RSVPs Ready to Rock

You’re counting down the days until you get to see CHVRCHES for FREE at McCarren Park on June 15. You’ve got your sunblock and your umbrella (it’s rain or shine!), and your Instagram all geared up. Now all you need to do is guarantee your spot. The first step is to RSVP, which you can do here. The second is to make sure you arrive early, as RSVPs are first-come, first-served. (In other words, even if you RSVP, entry to the show is not confirmed.) If you have a Music or Premium badge, though, you’re all set, no RSVP required. (Sit back. Relax. We’ll be saving you a spot at the show.) Grab one of those here, why don’t you?

The gates open at 3pm and the music kicks off at 4pm; go get your Five Leaves on and then head to the park to not miss out on the action. We’ll see you Sunday, June 15!

Punk Rock Girls Rejoice: Dead Milkmen Playing Northside 6/14

Philly favorites Dead Milkmen have been delivering the smirk punk for more than three decades now. They celebrated their twentieth anniversary with the album Now We Are 20, and 30 sees the band growing ever more comfortable in their quest to stick around. With a self-written bio that highlights failing to expand their fan base, we argue that like their fine whines, they’ve only gotten better with age. Don’t miss that poppiest of punk rock bass and what we can only hope is witty stage banter beyond our wildest dreams. Tickets are on sale now for their show at Warsaw on June 14.

Dan Croll Tickets on Sale for Music Hall of Williamsburg June 15

Dan Croll is an interesting guy. He has the voice and appearance of an indie darling, but he adds the right amount of electronics to keep it from going bore core. His videos are simplistic in that way that’s pretty smart, such as “From Nowhere,” in which he enters you into a staring contest… with himself. In his green screen montage video he includes karaoke lyrics and a shot of the screen at the end, which is the only way to do a green screen video. He’s like the guy with the accent and great sweater who knows he’s hot but isn’t a dick about it. He’s like Vice on HBO. He’s like Ezra Koenig’s twitter.

Check him out below high fiveing his bandmates and generally having a great time on stage performing the track “Home” (filmed by Jack Whiteley live at the Paul McCartney Auditorium). Check out Sweet Dissaray, his LP out earlier this month on Capitol. Then check him out at Northside on Saturday, June 15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets will go on sale here Friday at noon.


I was friends with a very eccentric dude in college who wrote a rock opera. He works on an ice cream truck now and gives me free spoonfuls when I pass him on Bedford. Long story short, it ain’t easy writing rock operas.

If there’s anyone who’s entitled to give the genre a go it’s Titus Andronicus. Not only does the band’s name suit any attempt at the theatrical, they already contain a theme album in their roster, natural steppingstone to rock opera success. Singer Patrick Sickles has proven song and again that he is a writer’s lyricist, penning choruses that seem to achieve anthem status instantly. With track structures that have the rise and fall and beer fueled redemptive qualities of any good epic, the band was built for this.

“Fatal Flaw” is our first peek at material from the upcoming album, slated for possible release this November. Sickles has stated in an interview that the subject matter will deal with manic depression, which the singer has discussed living with himself. It looks to be a story made for the Jersey Holy Trinity; the punk, rock and emo that Titus does best. Here’s hoping a Northside appearance in June sets the stage for a second chapter.

Titus Andronicus (with Eagulls) Tickets Here (6/12 @ Warsaw)

TWO BIT: Jon Steinberg

TWO BIT is a column that asks our Northside Festival Innovation Panelists two questions about their business and the innovations that help run it.

jon steinbergJon Steinberg is the President and Chief Operating Officer of BuzzFeed, seeing the company grow from 15 to over 300 employees since coming on board in June 2010. BuzzFeed is now a global social advertising business that works with more than half of the top 100 brands. It is also the world’s foremost repository for cute kitty gifs and contains enough quizzes to cause an identity crisis, using this content to draw 60 million unique visits a month. Steinberg arrived at the company after working at Google and Majestic Research and was the founder of iBuilding, a commercial real estate software company. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization and the Paley Center Media Council. It is important to note that he has included mention of his cat in his professional bio. Meow.

How has BuzzFeed changed the way we interact with the web?
We’re part of a larger trend where social is the new starting point for how people get all their news and entertainment.

What current innovations could your business not survive without?
Cloud based collaboration and document usage.


Whenever I read an artist list The Gun Club as an influence, I’m always like yeah yeah yeah whatever ok cool. Turns out those lists aren’t always reserved for jerking off your idols. Benjamin Booker has blues roots both traditional and non, culling the vibe of his native New Orleans and marrying it to a penchant for punk. You can feel the latter in certain moments of “Violent Shiver,” when it feels like Booker wants to ditch the guitar and buttery vocals for a nice, long shriek. It makes for an exciting track, with triumphant drums and a chorus that echoes “Dog Days Are Over” at times (… I know, but it works). His debut 7” is out in May on ATO/Rough Trade, with a full-length due in fall. Until then, you can find him opening for Courtney Barnett at Northside in June.

Courtney Barnett/Benjamin Booker Tickets Here (6/14 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg)


The total arena divas status of Queens of the Stone Age has always been a disappointment, as it makes it difficult to appreciate what could have been a solid band. Then there’s Kaleen Reading, queen of the kit and adept enough behind it to silence even the strongest Homme hankering. Kaleen holds court in Low Fat Getting High, Brooklyn’s grit rock answer to a music scene littered with wandering noise and pretty boys. The band fucking rips.

Bad Yoga is the trio’s debut EP. It is a great recording, letting the grungier elements breathe rather than killing them with effects. The real treat is below, however, in what is now my favorite thing in the universe and YouTube. Ms. Reading kills it in this homage to Homme, and we are counting down the weeks until we can catch the group live at Northside Festival.

CHVRCHES Play Free Show at McCarren Park… Did We Mention It’s Free? That Wasn’t a Joke.

At the heart of Northside is the McCarren Park stage, home of two free shows giving us the chance to hang out with neighbors and friends while the sun sets on Brooklyn, like a scene lifted from the most envy-worthy Instagram feeds. Who better to rally us together than CHVRCHES, Scotland’s finest export and newly reigning synth-pop sirens. On Sunday, June 15, the band brings its mix of dance, indie and electronic charm to the stage with a little something for everyone. Case in point: “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” the trio’s moody Bauhaus cover for the Vampire Academy soundtrack.

At the hub of Williamsburg, McCarren Park is a Brooklyn landmark and one of the central meeting points for festival-goers as it doubles as festival HQ for the week. The two free, all ages, 6000-capacity shows held at the corner of Bedford Avenue and N 12th Street are a major highlight of a highlight-packed weekend, so stay tuned to find out what’s in store for Saturday’s show.

Gates will open at 3pm both days (rain or shine) with music kicking off at 4pm. Admission is first-come, first-served with the required RSVP. To be the first to learn when RSVPs open to the general public, sign up here for Northside Media Group’s “Brooklyn Briefly” newsletter. Please note, a RSVP does not ensure admission, so it’d be best to arrive at the show early. Premium and Music badge-holders are guaranteed entry, however. (In other words, if you have a badge, we’ve got you covered. No need to RSVP.) You can buy one of those here. Soon, there will be no more talk of snow. June is just around the corner…


Add another case to the Leeds file. Eagulls have landed, and they’ve brought with them the British suburban misery punk that Robert Smith wrote home about. True to form, muddled lyrics add to the overall guitars and gloom of a track like “Tough Luck,” a charmer in spite of itself. The melody finds steady backing in the drums, which clamor out of the grey every now and then to keep things pounding. It’s all the eighties you wanted and none of the shitty eyeliner. Eagulls is out now on Partisan.

Eagulls Tickets Here (6/12 @ Warsaw)


Take all the guilt out of listening to Sheryl Crow, and you are left with the pleasure of Courtney Barnett; if all she wants to do is sing about panic attacks whilst pulling weeds, count us in. “Avant Gardener” showcases the Australian singer at her best, making even a tambourine sound sleek amidst the lilting psych that backs a voice as hypnotic as it is understated. Barnett pushes smart lyrics over tunes that are dressier than folk but enough notches below pop to preserve the sincerity. And speaking of dress, the girl’s rocking some A+ bangs. The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas is out April 15 on Mom+Pop.

Courtney Barnett Tickets Here (6/14 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg)


There’s something about southern psych that has a sticky heat coursing through it. It’s the pulse that pumps through Georgia native Ben Asbury’s debut release as Axxa/Abraxas, a first step back into the summer haze after a day in the AC. “On The Run” has all the fixings of Asbury’s early diet on 60s pop and The Dead, with fuzzy vocals given the Woods treatment courtesy Jarvis Taveniere’s recording and production touch. It’s rock and roll from an artist born in the era of the genre’s diffusion, the drone of the track’s final minute driving this point home hardest.  Don’t miss the visual leanings of his RTA Collective, which scream Elephant Six in all the right ways. Axxa/Abraxas is out now on Captured Tracks.

Captured Tracks Showcase Tickets Here (6/13 @ Warsaw)

Seven Days From Stardom: Film Competition Deadline Extended to March 17

caged animalsPicture this. You’re riding the subway, reading the latest edition of Filmmaker Magazine and headed to the first of five days of the Filmmaker Conference during Independent Film Week. You’ve used your cash prize to purchase the shades you’ll be sporting at an event Northside is throwing in your honor, where you can discuss the new film you’ve begun crafting using your complimentary services at DCTV and six-month membership at the Made in NY Media Center.

Sound like a dream? Make it a reality. Northside Festival is pleased to announce its fifth annual DIY Film Competition. We’ve partnered with independent venues in North Brooklyn to showcase feature and short films from today’s rising stars (that’s you). Dreading another Saturday night in, watching Party Girl and dreaming of the day Parker Posey will be attending yours? She’s just one member of this year’s prestigious panel of judges, including jury chair and Executive Director of IFP Joana Vicente, director Ira Sachs, Matthew Grady and Kentucker Audley.

And the good news keeps coming: we’ve extended the date for submissions to Monday, March 17. So get those reels turning in high gear and get your entries in here.

First Round of Individual Show Tickets on Sale Now

So you caught Tuesday’s taste of Northside’s 2014 music roster, and now you’re determined to be first in line for tickets. How could we blame you? We love Sharon, too. A  music badge will grant you access (on a first-come, first-served basis) to all the shows we’re presenting over four packed days, available now at the early-bird rate of $65. If you’re looking to catch single shows instead, the first batch of individual tickets has officially been released.

Thursday, June 12
Ms. Van Etten, securing Northside royalty status, will be making her fifth festival appearance this year at Music Hall of Williamsburg (Buy here $20, 18+).

Titus Andronicus finds a friend in British birds of prey Eagulls as they team up at Warsaw (Buy here $20, all ages).

The performance is the first hometown show on Sharon’s tour for Are We There, out May 27 on Jagjaguwar. Check out the official album trailer above.

Friday, June 13
First-time showcase presenters Captured Tracks, veterans of the Brooklyn label scene, will be taking over Warsaw with a lineup of some old and new favorites. Catch Beach Fossils, Craft Spells, Juan Wauters (of The Beets and solo ventures), Axxa/Abraxas, Donovan Blanc and a Mike Sniper DJ Set all in one place (Buy here $20 advanced/$23 day of, all ages).

PopGun Booking is getting their party started this year with Omar Souleyman, taking the stage at Glasslands (Buy here $16, 21+).

Watch the Axxa/Abraxas video for “On the Run” from the band’s self-titled debut released March 4 on Captured Tracks.

Saturday, June 14
Melbourne crooner Courtney Barnett will be up from Down Under and bringing her talents to Music Hall of Williamsburg (Buy here $15, 18+).

You Ready? Sharon Van Etten, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett (and More) Announced in First Wave of Bands

 Chill like Courtney Barnett.

We’ve come to think of Northside as a showcase of the past, present and future incarnations of this so-called “Brooklyn sound” that has in many ways come to define independent music in the new millennium–a snapshot of its current state, with bands that are emerging, those next in line, and those that have paved the way, all rubbing elbows in Williamsburg and Greenpoint for four days in June. It’s a neat little trick that allows for now seasoned songwriter Sharon Van Etten to return for her fifth Northside show, this time on the heels of upcoming album, Are We There.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, really. Fuck Buttons, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Courtney Barnett, Omar Souleyman, Dan Croll, Eagulls, Mas Ysa, Big Ups and Laurel offer a glimpse of what’s in store when some of the most influential tastemakers from NYC and beyond curate showcases with bands they think you need to hear. Check out the confirmed lineup right hereAnd to think this is in addition to two FREE shows at McCarren Park on June 14 and 15, so we can all hang out together.

Maybe the best part? This is just the beginning. Stay tuned as we roll out over 400 more bands in the coming months. Until then, grab yourself a music badge at the early-bird rate of $65, allowing entry to every Northside show on a first-come, first-served basis, and let’s get this party started.

Northside DIY Film Competition Extends Deadline to March 10 – Announces Final List of Jurors!

picture-of-parker-posey-in-price-check-2012--large-picture We’re all prone to procrastination sometimes. And we at Northside decided to give all you fashionably late filmmakers an extra week to submit films to this year’s Northside DIY Film Competition. That’s right, the late submissions will be accepted until Monday, March 10!

We’re also proud to announce our finalized jury for the competition! Leading the group as jury chair is Executive Director of IFP and producer of the films Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) and Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), Joana Vicente. She’ll be joined by actress and indie film icon Parker Posey, as well as Love is Strange director Ira Sachs, Factory 25 Founder Matthew Grady and Sun Don’t Shine actor and founder of NoBudge Films, Kentucker Audley.

Where do you sign up? Just head on over to Northside Festival’s website to submit your film before our new extended deadline of March 10! And if you’re more of a fan than a filmmaker make sure to purchase your film badge today for the low, low price of $25. Click here to buy your own and experience it all for yourself! We’ll see you in June!

Northside Innovation Gears Up for Third Year

innoblogNorthside Innovation is back for year three and better than ever. Our annual showcase of the brightest stars in New York City’s bustling business and technology sphere continues to evolve. On June 12 and 13, entrepreneurs are given the space to connect with one another and those simply eager to keep their eye on the next big moves in innovation. This year’s line-up promises a wide mix of expertise, featuring leaders in the digital marketplace from retail to real estate and everything in between.

As proof, we are proud to present this year’s first round of panelists. Joining Northside Innovation will be Chad Dickerson, CEO of Etsy; Kerry Trainor, CEO of Vimeo; Andy Dunn, co-founder and CEO of Bonobos; and Phin Barnes, Partner at First Round Capital. Too much tech to handle? Hang on, there’s more. We are also pleased to welcome Jennifer Fleiss, co-founder of Rent the Runway; Lockhart Steele, CEO of Curbed; Soraya Darabi, co-creator of Zady; Mario Schlosser, co-founder and co-CEO of Oscar Insurance; and Amanda Peyton, co-founder of Grand St.

Socially Good Brooklyn: Beauty and Fashion Edition

In a borough bursting with entrepreneurial spirit, some of the brightest spots are companies merging savvy business strategy with social mindfulness, whether the latter be environmentally, philanthropically or ethically bent. In an ongoing series, we’ll highlight a number of locally sourced upstarts successfully bridging both worlds — where turning a profit is equal to doing good. Today’s installment focuses on those working within the realm of beauty and fashion consumer goods. 


Meow Meow Tweet

What sounds like a specialty pet food brand for socially inclined felines, Meow Meow Tweet is a small-batch apothecary whose Brooklyn studio is devoted to only natural, vegan, organic ingredients. From distilled plant oils, butters and botanicals, Tara Pelletier and Jeffrey Kurosaki handcraft an assortment of health-minded skin and body products, then gently infuse them with therapeutic scents that make you think “meadow, barefoot, crown of flowers in my hair.”

Best of all, the products are practical — perfectly fit for everyday use. Take a can of herbal insect repellent or a tin of underarm deodorant cream for instance, both of which put twists on medicine cabinet staples with zero chemicals, recyclable packaging and biodegradable labels. (Speaking of, Portlandia should’ve done a “put a cat on it” sketch). “As makers and purveyors, we hope to encourage small changes in the lives of our customers through the physical, emotional and ecological healthfulness of completely natural goods for body and home,” Pelletier and Kurosaki note.

Where to get your paws on some: Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan boutiques galore or online at Rodale’s, Urban Outfitters and other national chains. For a full list of stores and websites, check here.

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A Sneak Peek Into Greenpoint’s Newest (and Biggest) Music Venue Before Its Opening Weekend


Good news for anyone who takes smug pleasure in letting the world know they’ve completed their holiday shopping well in advance of Christmas Eve and hates sleep. This Friday marks the return of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a no-longer-pop-up shop housing 100 local vendors as they peddle your silkscreened, découpaged and knitted holiday needs under the warm glow of funky lights. It’s Etsy, but in 3-D. With more bustle (the idea stemmed from the lively street markets of Asia). And beer and wine (there’s more than one bar). And an expertly curated soundtrack, helping it double as Greenpoint’s newest live-music destination.

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If Lee Ranaldo Wants to Teach You Guitar, You Should Oblige

This is the week you notice a sizable influx of people toting guitars around the Lower East Side and North Brooklyn&#8212two areas of NYC with, on a typical day, an already high-barred baseline of people toting around guitars. Amidst the five-day rush of every band and their mother playing CMJ, guitars are everywhere. Those who play them are everywhere. You may find yourself in a heated contest of self-judgement and comparison, questioning your own proficiency at the instrument and growing envious of those showcasing more advanced finger work in dimly lit clubs scattered below 14th Street. Lee Ranaldo is here to help.

First, a fact: He’s better at guitar than you. Also pretty much everyone else. You can look to his 25 years playing the secret weapon role in one of the defining guitar bands of our time (give Sonic Youth’s “Mote” a quick listen if you’re unsure) or his new album for Matador, Last Night on Earth, to confirm it. (Last year, SPIN listed the top 100 guitarists and gave he and former bandmate Thurston Moore the joint number one spot, if you need concrete rankings to make you a believer.)

He’s well equipped, then, to host a free guitar clinic at long-running Downtown record store Other Music on October 28, which is actually a thing that is happening because sometimes the world is pretty great. According to Other Music, the clinic includes a “demonstration and discussion” led by Ranaldo. Has SPIN ever listed you as the number one guitarist in the world? Didn’t think so. YOU SHOULD GO TO THIS!


Dr. Martens at the Northside Festival with The L’s Bands You Need to Hear

caged animalsAs we move into the dog days of summer, we can’t quite help feeling a little nostalgic for June. After all, it was the first blush of summer; the temperatures were warm (but not too warm) wearing shorts still had a bit of novelty appeal and, oh yeah, we were right in the midst of the Northside Festival, our favorite eight days of the year. Today’s gray, arguably chilly day prompted us to dig this video of the Dr. Martens Stage on Bedford Ave out of our video archive. Watch four of this year’s 8 Bands You Need to Hear, including Caged AnimalsThe DenzelsJuniper Rising and Coastgaard, play to a totally car-free Bedford Ave.

You’ll find the complete video below. Watch, rewind, watch again. Get pumped for June 2014.

Congratulations to Our DIY Film Competition Winners!

follow-the-leader Now in it’s 5th year, Northside Film’s DIY Competition is proud to announce the winners of our open call for recent, independent filmmaking. Congratulations to Jonathan Goodman Levitt, the filmmaker behind Follow the Leader, and Alex Mallis, the filmmaker behind Spoils: Extraordinary HarvestFollow the Leader was chosen by this year’s jury team, which included Scott Macauley, Alex Karpovsky, Miriam Bale, Terence Nance and Ramin Bahrani, and Spoils was selected by audience vote. 

If you missed our winning films (or just want to see them again), join us on Friday, July 5 at Videology at 7pm for a special screening. Want to be a part of next year’s Northside DIY Film Competition? Click here to sign up for e-mail updates; we’ll open up the call for submissions in December.

Let’s take a look at what our winners will receive, shall we?

Northisde Film DIY Competition Winners will receive over $10,000 in value and services.

Northside Film will provide a cash prize ($500 for the feature and $250 for the short film) and host a Special Screening Event for the Northside Film DIY Competition winners on Friday, July 5th 7pm  at Videology. Winners will also receive two free full page ads in The L Magazine

DCTV will provide both winners with $800 in certificates for equipment rentals, post-production services and workshops.

Dailymotion will provide a free sign-up to a motionmaker account on the platform (creative account with priority encoding, better SEO, unlimited 1080p HD upload, etc.) and will give exposure by featuring the winners on its homepage as soon as they want to release their film on the internet.

Winners will also receive one year of IFP membership, which includes access to IFP’s resrouces and a year long subscription to Filmmaker Magazine.  They will also have a 30 minute mentorship meeting with Dan Schoenbrun, IFP Programming Coordinator and free tickets to a 5 day Filmmaker Conference during Independent Film Week.


See You Next Year, Brooklyn!

We leave you with this, Brooklyn.

We leave you with this, Brooklyn.

Another Northside Festival has come to an end, and we’d like to say, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for spending the past eight days with us. This year’s festival may just have been our best yet, and we owe it all to the community, the artists, our partners and, of course, Brooklyn. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Stay tuned for photos from this year’s festival; we’ll be rolling them out over the next couple of days. And follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates about next year’s festivities (eep!).

We can wait to do this again next year.

Free Abadabad Show at the Soho Converse Store

converseAttention New York City!

Stop by the Converse SOHO store tomorrow night, Thursday, June 13th at 7pm for a free performance from Converse Rubber Tracks band Abadabad. As an added bonus, the first 10 people to ask a store employee will receive a pair of VIP passes to check out the band play the SOLD OUT Northside Festival this weekend alongside Solange and The Walkmen.
For more information about the Northside Festival, click here.

Northside Art at Williamsburg Walks

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Northside Art is coming to Williamsburg Walks!

On Saturday, June 15, Northside Art is taking over Bedford Ave from N. 8th St. to N. 9th St. in conjunction with Williamsburg Walks. Northside Art at Williamsburg Walks  is a platform for art, interaction and community.Temporary wall units, interactive installations and sculptures will be staggered throughout the block for live painting performances, graffiti and other participation oriented works.
Here’s a sneak peek at some highlights from Northside Art this year:

Cumulus (Occurrent Art/ Diagonalist )

What would a cloud sound like? Hear the cumulus noise of cumulative touch…it’s the new sound cloud.

Diving Bell (Hannah Simmons)

An installation created from knitted newspapers, gathered in Queens and representing stories in the multiple languages of a diverse community. Diving Bell presents a unique opportunity for viewers to enter into and be surrounded by printed text. The text thus occupies and creates a physical space, while quietly filtering the smells and sights of the participant’s surrounding environment. ( see image)

Plus, other works by Pachy Sarmiento, Rosanna Herrero, Justin Carty, Adrián Sonni, Olga Sophie Kauppinen, You Jung Byun, Jason Naylor, Sean O’Connor, Jon Burgerman, Danielle Mastrion, Joshua Sierra, Jung Yuen Shin, Alana Haynes, Steven Ceraso, Hannah Simmons, Caroline Burghardt, Occurrent Art and Diagonalist Nails by Fallon.

Northside Happy Hours

happy houtsIf you’re a Northside badge-holder, you’re in luck. Not only do you get deals and discounts from our local partners, you’re also eligible for free entry to happy hours, mixers and parties all festival long. That means lots of complimentary drinks, hosted by our partners at your favorite Northside venues. You’ll find a complete list of Northside happy hours after the jump.

We’ll see you guys so, so soon.

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Deals for Northside Badge Holders!

dealsNorthside badge holders (and wristband-holders) are eligible for special deals and discounts throughout Williamsburg and Greenpoint for the duration of the festival (June 13-20). That means you’ll never go thirsty or hungry. Not as long as we can help it. You’ll find a complete list of Northside badge-holder deals after the jump.

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The Northside Festival Is Nine Days Away!

The Northside Festival is quickly approaching, which means time is running out to buy your badge. Don’t miss out on your chance to see The Walkmen, Solange, Black Flag (ft. Greg Ginn and Jealous Again-era vocalist Ron Reyes), Swans, Lambchop, Iceage and more. And, if you don’t believe us, check out the story New York Magazine wrote about us: The Rise of Northside.


Need a reminder of what a badge will get you? Let’s break it down:
1. Access to over 350 bands including the Walkmen and Solange, 70 speakers, and 50 films.
2. Food and drink discounts from local bars and restaurants during the festival.
3. Access to MULTIPLE happy hours and complimentary cocktail hours.


NExT Expo Tickets
Northside Badge Options:
Northside Music Badge: $80
NExT Conference Badge (includes Expo): $250
Northside Film Badge: $35
Northside Premium Badge (access to Music, Film and NExT events): $260


And for the latest Northside news and updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
See you in June!

The Northside Festival VIP Experience: Win Two Premium Badges and a New Bike


Have you heard? We’re teaming up with Google Local New York to give away some awesome prizes while making Google Maps even better.

The contest winner will receive:

1. Two (2) Premium badges to the Northside Festival, giving you access to the Music, NExT and Film events, PLUS

2. A brand new roadster bike from Ride Brooklyn

To throw your hat into the ring, simply write new, high-quality reviews of New York City places on Google+ Local, a feature that helps you share recommendations with friends and discover new places around the city.

The contest ends May 31, and each review you write is a new entry into the contest and another chance to win.

Click here
to enter to win, then start reviewing NYC concert venues, bars, theaters and more at Want to keep up with Google Local NY? Follow them on Twitter here and sign up for their newsletter here.

Northside Film Tickets Are On Sale Now!


Northside Film is quickly approaching (mark your calendars for June 17-20 if you haven’t already) and badges are on sale now. What does a badge get you, you ask? You’ll have access to all of Northside Film’s screenings on a first-come, first-serve basis, and with over 50 films on this year’s lineup, that’s a lot of screen time for a really low price; $35 to be exact. But, if you’re looking to buy tickets to an individual screening, we’ve got you covered too. All Northside Film tickets are up for grabs for a mere $10, and you can purchase them here. If there’s a better way to escape the June heat and catch a selection of new films, repertory picks, documentaries and more, we haven’t heard of it.

Click here for a look at the 2013 Northside Film lineup, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all of the latest Northside news. See you in June!

More Bands Added to the Northside Festival Lineup: Chance the Rapper, A Place to Bury Strangers, Bleached, Weekend and More

1369141913-chance-the-rapper-family1The countdown to the Northside Festival has officially begun! In less than 30 days, more than 350 bands will descend on Williamsburg and Greenpoint for four long days and even longer nights. But here at Northside HQ, there’s no rest for the weary. We’re still adding bands to the lineup, and are pleased to announce that come June 13-16, Northside Music will host (among many others) Chance the Rapper, A Place to Bury Strangers, Bleached, Weekend, Ratking, Light Asylum, Young Magic, Wild Cub, Suuns, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, KEN mode, Twin Peaks, Team Ghost, The Jazz Butcher, Texas Bob Juarez & Mike Stone (of Television Personalities), Body/Head (feat. Kim Gordon & Bill Nace), Young Magic and Majical Cloudz. They’ll be joining the likes of The Walkmen, Solange, the reformation of Greg Ginn’s iconic band Black Flag (featuring Jealous Again-era vocalist Ron Reyes), WHY?, Iceage, Mac DeMarco, Swans, Lambchop, Born Ruffians, Merchandise, Rhys Chatham & Oneida, The Gories, Subhumans, Peanut Butter Wolf, Widowspeak and a whole lot more. Over 350 total, to be precise.

Still haven’t gotten a badge? Click here to pick one up for a cool $80. And for a look at the Northside Music lineup so far, click here. We’ll be adding bands to the lineup until the very last minute, so follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up with all of the latest Northside Festival news. See you all so, so soon.

Meet the Finalists in the Red Bull Creation Competition

logoBack in April, we announced that Red Bull Creation, the nation’s premier innovation competition, would be coming to the Northside Festival. Since then, over 50 engineering teams from New York to Hawaii submitted their designs for a unique invention using a custom piece of hardware known as the “TurBULL Encabulator,” in hopes of being chosen to take part in the final, 72-hour build at McCarren Park. And, we have our winners! Click here to meet the final six teams. And, be sure to stop by the Red Bull Creation tent during the NExT Expo. Our final six teams will be designing and building for three straight days, all in the hopes of winning the $10,000 prize and a spot in Red Bull Creation history.

The Northside Festival Needs Volunteers!

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Volunteering should NOT look like this. But we will get you a cool t-shirt.

The Northside Festival is quickly approaching (mark your calendars for June 13-20) and early bird badges are totally sold out. Bummer! But, we’ll let you in on a secret: you can score a Northside Music badge (valued at a cool $80) for literally no money at all. All that we ask is that you join the Northside Fest team as a volunteer. Intrigued? Read on.

What does a Northside Festival volunteer do?
We’re asking for a two day commitment (or 4 half-days) over the 8-day long festival. Plus, we’d like to get to know you at a training session prior to the festival’s start. Throughout the festival, we’ll need Northside volunteers to verify badges at participating festival venues and maintain an accurate count of badge holders at Northside events. Or, you could be assigned to special projects like organizing gift bags, distributing marketing materials, running last-minute errands, etc. And of course, Northside Festival volunteers should be friendly, straightforward and just generally not-jerks. Could that be you?!

So, what do I get?
For your trouble, we’ll hook you up with a Northside Music badge (value: $80) of your very own. That’ll get you first-come, first serve access to all Northside Music events (June 13-16). Plus, you’ll have guaranteed entry to The Walkmen and Solange shows on the Converse Rubber Tracks Live Stage at McCarren Park.

To sign up to be a Northside volunteer, click here. We’ll be in touch shortly, and we can’t wait to meet you.

Northside Festival Adds Another Free Outdoor Show, Plus Hundreds of Artists to Lineup: Solange, Phosphorescent, The Gories and More

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Earlier in the month when we announced that The Walkmen are playing the Converse Rubber Tracks Live Stage at McCarren Park as part of the Northside Festival, we promised you that wasn’t all we had in store for the weekend. Never one to break a promise, dear readers, we’re happy to announce they’ll be playing with special guests Phosphorescent and openers Friend Roulette and Abadabad. And yes, while tickets sold out very, very quickly, we’re happy to release some more out into the wild. Click here to RSVP for your own general admission ticket before they disappear again. But that’s not all. On Sunday, June 16th, Solange, Petite Noir, Cable and My Midnight Heartwill also be playing the Converse Rubber Tracks Live at Northside Stage in McCarren Park! Each night’s supporting acts were handpicked by us here at The L Magazine and all have recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks here in Brooklyn, NY.

Just like The Walkmen, free general admission tickets are available with an RSVP, and everyone with a Music or Premium badge is guaranteed entry. Don’t have a badge? Just click here to RSVP or buy a badge. Gates open at 3pm and the show starts at 4pm, but if you don’t have a badge, we’d recommend getting there early; an RSVP doesn’t guarantee entry so beat the crowds! We’ll be there rain or shine at the corner of Bedford Ave and N. 12th St. (right next to the tennis courts).

And of course, we’re still hard at work to fill those four days with as much music as we possibly can, and we’re thrilled to say we’ve added even more bands to the lineup, including Phosphorescent, The Gories, Ivan & Alyosha, Born Ruffians, Sinkane, BRAIDS, The Spinto Band, Peanut Butter Wolf, Yellow Ostrich, The So So Glos, Weekend, Widowspeak, Chad Valley, Julian Lynch, The Beets and Foreplay, to name just a few. They’ll join the likes of The Walkmen, the reformation of Greg Ginn’s iconic band Black Flag (featuring Jealous Again-era vocalist Ron Reyes), Lambchop, Swans, Iceage, Son Volt, Subhumans, Rhys Chatham and Oneida (in a special collaborative performance), WHY?, Kylesa, Mac DeMarco, The Toasters, Merchandise, The Men, White Fence, Torche, Chelsea Wolfe, The Soft Moon, Sonny & the Sunsets, Lust for Youth,Twin Sister, Milk Music, Pharmakon, Nü Sensae and tons more (phew!). Click here to take a look at a full list of confirmed artists thus far. And, should you want to get a jumpstart on your Northside weekend, click here to check out the Northside schedule. We’ll be adding many, many (many!) more shows between now and June, so be sure to keep in touch, won’t you? You can do that by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook for updates, because there’s plenty more coming your way between now and June.

The NExT Conference Schedule is Live!

NExT WarehouseStart your summer planning now; the NExT Conference (June 13-14) schedule is officially live! Get a head start on June by browsing the NExT Conference lineup, making your own personal schedule, and seeing where your friends are going to be. Let’s take a look at some of the discussions and panels we have in store for June, shall we?

Uber and the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission on Paving the Road to Disruption
Speakers: David Yassky, Commissioner/Chairman of NYC Taxi & Limo Commission; Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber

Fireside Chat with Warby Parker
Speakers: Neil Blumenthal, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Warby Parker

The Trends of Love: OkCupid Data Science
Speakers: Christian Rudder, Co-Founder of OkCupid

What I Would Do, If I Could Do it Again- Lessons Learned from Building Behance
Speakers: Scott Belsky, Vice-President of Community Adobe, Head of Behance

The Ultimate Balance Between Tech and Design
Speakers: Anthony Casalena, Founder/CEO Squarespace; Shane Snow, Chief Creative Officer of Contently; Georg Petschnigg, Co-Founder/CEO of FiftyThree; John Jacobsen, Head of Engineering of Quirky

And many more!

For a comprehensive look at this year’s NExT schedule, click here. To meet this year’s NExT Conference speakers, click here. NExT badges are on sale now; click here to get one of your very own. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all of the latest NExT and Northside news.

Northside Film: The DIY Competition Shortlist Has Arrived!


Northside Film (June 17-20) is quickly approaching, and with it, the Northside DIY Film Competition. Yes, our annual cinematic thunder dome is back, in which filmmakers go toe-to-toe to compete for over $10,000 in cash and prizes, including a special screening at Nitehawk Cinema. If you’re new to the Northside Film DIY Competition (or just need a refresher), here’s how it works. From Monday, June 17 until Thursday, June 20, we’ll screen four semi-final features and ten semi-final shorts. The grand prize for the best feature will be determined by our illustrious jury and the grand prize for best short will be determined by you, the audience members. Let’s take a look at our semi-finalists, shall we?

Semi-final features: Wisdom TeethBe GoodFUREVER and Follow the Leader.

Semi-final shorts: SpoilsExtraordinary Harvest,Flyer BoyDowntownI Hear YouSkin and BonesEpilogueCampersFloThe Hunting Trip, and Tremblor.

And of course, Northside Film is still your source for New York Premieres, repertory picks documentaries and more. Let’s take a look at some of what our curatorial partners have put together.

We’re pleased to announce the New York Premiere of Swim Little Fish Swim. Directed by Ruben Amar and Lola Bessis, Swim Little Fish Swim stars Dustin Guy Defa, the director of 2011 Northside DIY Competition entry, Bad Fever. Defa plays an irresponsible husband living in a tiny Chinatown apartment with his wife; the precarious balance of their lives is nearly overturned when Lilas, a 19 year old French artist moves in with the couple.

indieWIRE proudly presents the Brooklyn Premiere of Byzantium. From Neil Jordan, director of Interview With a VampireByzantium tells the tale of a young woman’s entrance into the world of vampiric legends.

Women Make Movies presents a sneak peek screening of Forbidden Voices, the story of Yoani Sánchez, Zeng Jinyan and Farnaz Seifi, female bloggers from Cuba, China and Iran, respectively. Forbidden Voices accompanies these three cyberfeminists as they work to build international awareness for women’s rights and risk punishment from their dictatorial regimes.

Northside Film is taking place from June 17-20 at Nitehawk Cinema, UnionDocs, Williamsburg Cinemas, Videology and the Wythe Hotel. Badges are on sale now for the absurdly low price of $35; click here to get your very own! For a full list of our curatorial partners, click here. For a sneak peek at the 2013 films, click here. For Northside Film updates, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. See you in June!

Calling All Artists! Northside Art Wants You

Northside Art ArtAre you an artist living in Brooklyn? Want to be a part of this year’s Northside Festival? Here’s your chance.

This year, Northside Art, a platform for art, interaction and community, will take over a block of Bedford Ave in conjunction with Williamsburg Walks. Temporary wall units, interactive installations and sculptures will be staggered along the block for live painting performances, graffiti and other participation oriented works.

Northside Art is seeking proposals for:

1. live painting/graffiti/collage
2. interactive installations/workshops
3. sculpture/stand alone installations

Please send all submissions and questions to See you in June!





Last Chance For Early Bird Prices!

282887_386611104720905_897397938_nOy! Stop procrastinating. Buy a badge, already!

Early bird prices are only available until April 30th, which means you only have a few more days to take advantage of these sweet, sweet deals.

Just how sweet? Let’s take a look.

Northside Music Badge : $65 (regular price $80)
Northside NExT Badge : $190 (regular price $250)
Northside Film Badge : $25 (regular price $35)
Northside Premium Badge : $235 (regular price $260)

For a look at the initial Northside lineup–which includes The Walkmen, Black Flag (feat. Jealous Again-era singer Greg Ginn), Lambchop, Swans, WHY?, Rhys Chatham, Iceage, Son Volt and more–click here. For Northside updates and announcements, follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook.

See you in June!

Red Bull Creation is Coming to Northside, Plus Meet the Initial NExT Expo Exhibitors

282887_386611104720905_897397938_nSo, we promised you that this year NExT would grow into the biggest innovation and entrepreneurship showcase around, right? Well, we didn’t tell you was that we’d be tenting Mccarren Park, making the Expo free to attend with an RSVP (just click here), and we certainly didn’t promise that in addition to 150+ booths showcasing the most innovative, and disruptive companies coming out of New York City, we’d have the folks at Red Bull host their transformation Red Bull Creation competition right smack in the middle of NExT.

That’s right, Red Bull is flying six top engineering teams to McCarren Park to engage in a 72-hour competitive build; they’ll be competing for a $10,000 prize and, you know, infamy. If you think you’ve got the chops to apply, check out more information here. For the rest of us, Red Bull will build a state of the art tool shop right in the middle of the NExT Expo, and we’ll watch as the laser saws buzz and the blowtorches blow.

But, of course, there’s more than just laser saws at NExT. If you’re interested in startup companies or would like to be a part of the most exciting innovation community around, then you’ll love everything else going on in Mccarren. We’ll be announcing more NExT Expo exhibitors over the next few weeks, but for now meet some of our favorite companies that will be showcasing at NExT. You’ll find the sneak peek after the jump.

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Your Northside Film Update: New York City Premieres, and Terence Nance & Ramin Bahrani Join the DIY Jury

Brooklyn-based cinephiles, start the countdown: Northside Film (June 17-20) is a mere two months away! Now in it’s fourth year, Northside Film is returning and bringing with it over 40 films, repertory picks and Brooklyn Premieres to your favorite neighborhood theaters. We’ve teamed up with some of the most talented people working in the film industry and beyond to handpick a lineup chock-full of documentaries, narratives, shorts and everything in between that will keep you pretty busy during the week of June 17. Let’s take a look at what our illustrious curatorial partners have lined up for June, shall we?

BAMcinemaFest is proud to present the New York Premiere of All the Light in the Sky (2012), from the master of the microbudget and the godfather of mumblecore himself, director Joe Swanberg (dir. Hannah Takes the StairsLOLKissing on the Mouth). Starring Jane Adams (aka the best part of Todd Solondz’s Happiness) and Sophia Takal (Green), All the Light in the Sky is classic Swanberg, capturing the chatty but intimate moments between an aging actress and her niece during a weekend spent at a Malibu beach house.

Other highlights include Kopfstand (Headstand) (dir. Ernst Josef Lauscher), presented by The L Magazine (hey, that’s us!). Kopfstand features a pre-Django, pre-Oscar Christoph Waltz in his first starring role; it hasn’t been screened in the United States since 1982, (which is before some of us were born) and who knows when it will be back, so we highly recommend picking up a ticket and picking it up early (information on purchasing individual screening tickets to come!).

Oscilloscope will present the New York Premiere of A Teacher, the directorial debut of Hannah Fidell, curated by Filmwax. The Sundance favorite stars Lindsay Burdge as a Texas high school teacher involved in an affair with one of her male students.

Oscilloscope proudly presents Who Took the Bomp (dir. Kerthy Fix), the 2010 documentary following Le Tigre on their 2004-2005 international tour. Who Took the Bomp features live performances, archived interviews, and intimate backstage footage of Le Tigre. Plus, director Kerthy Fix and Kathleen Hanna will be at the screening to answer your questions after the credits roll. You’ll find the rest of the initial Northside Film lineup after the jump, and on the lineup page on the Northside website.

But that’s not all! Please welcome Terence Nance, director of An Oversimplification of Her Beauty and Ramin Bahrani, director of Chop Shop and Goodbye Solo) to the 2013 Northside Film DIY Competition Jury. They’re joining fellow jurors Scott Macaulay (Jury Chair; editor, Filmmaker Magazine), Alex Karpovsky (actor, Girls; director, Rubberneck and Red Flag), Miriam Bale (founder, La Di Da Film Festival). Over the next few months, they will be reviewing our Northside Film DIY Competition submissions and deciding which lucky filmmakers will receive over $10,000 in cash and prizes, plus a special screening at Nitehawk Cinema.

Northside Film is taking place from June 17-20 at Nitehawk CinemaUnionDocsWilliamsburg CinemaVideology and the Wythe Hotel. Badges are on sale now for the absurdly low price of $25. That’s 40 films over four days for the cost of two tickets at your local megaplex. But those prices won’t last for long. Early bird deals end on Tuesday, April 30. So yeah, we’ll see you at Northside Film. You can find a complete list of our curatorial partners after the jump.

For Northside Film updates, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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The Walkmen to Play a Free, Ticketed Show at McCarren Park as Part of the 2013 Northside Festival

the walkmen 2Back when we announced the first batch of bands playing at Northside Music (June 13-16)—a batch that included the likes of Lambchop, Black Flag, Iceage, Son Volt, Twin Sister and many more—we told you that, just like in years past, we’d also be hosting some shows at McCarren Park. And it’s true. We are! Two shows, actually. Here’s the first of them.

On Saturday, June 15th, The Walkmen will play a free, ticketed show at McCarren Park and everyone with a badge is guaranteed entry. It will be The Walkmen’s only New York City performance of 2013, and really, we couldn’t be happier about it. From their earliest days as part of a wave of early aughts bands that helped put New York City back on the musical map, straight through to last year, when they released their outstanding sixth full-length record, Heaven, The Walkmen have been among our most reliable purveyors of elegant, anthemic indie rock.

And yes, you read that first part right. The Walkmen at McCarren Park is a ticketed, totally free show. That’s right; no badge required, and leave your nickels at home. All you have to do is RSVP. Already have a badge? Perfect! You don’t have to RSVP, and admission is guaranteed. Gates open at 3pm, and the first band will hit the stage by 4pm. But if you don’t have a badge, get there early! Admission with an RSVP is not guaranteed.You’ll find us at McCarren Park (Bedford Ave and N 12th St, right next to the tennis courts). And be sure to stay tuned for more Northside Festival updates; we’re hosting yet another show at McCarren Park on Sunday, June 16, but, you know. We can’t give away all of our secrets just yet.

And yes, while we’re thrilled to offer up a show of that size for literally no money at all, since our last announcement we’ve been hard at work cramming as many club shows into four days as we possibly can: hard-hitting post-punk/rock outfit The Men are playing, as are the ever-sludgy Kylesa, fuzzed-out garage-rocker White Fence, O.G. New York ska legends The Toasters, and Montreal-based songwriter Mac DeMarco just to name a few. And Nü Sensae, Subhumans, Torche and Sonny & the Sunsets to name a few more. You’ll find the full Northside Music lineup to date after the jump.

There are only a few Northside Early Bird Music badges left for $65! Click here to get one of your own before they’re gone for good. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for updates, because it’s only going to get bigger from here on out, we promise.

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Neil Blumenthal of Warby Parker, Charles Adler of Kickstarter Join the NExT Lineup (Plus, Plenty More!)

Attention innovators and entrepreneurs! The Northside Festival’s NExT Conference (Northside Entrepreneurship + Technology, June 13-14) is back. What began humbly back in 2011 as Northside Ideas has since grown into the biggest meeting of the most creative and innovative minds in business and technology. New York City’s entrepreneurs are leading a nationwide shift in the way companies are built and grow, and the NExT Conference is your opportunity to see and meet them in your proverbial backyard.

This year, we’ve tapped some of the biggest and most exciting names in technology and innovation to speak at the NExT Conference. Let’s meet some of our initial speakers, shall we? You’ll find the first peek at the NExT lineup after the jump. The 2013 NExT Conference is proud to host Scott Belsky, the founder and CEO of BehanceCharles Adler, the co-founder of Kickstarter; and Ben Lerer, the co-founder and CEO of Thrillist. Plus, we’ve also got Liz Crawford, the CTO of BirchBox and Neil Blumenthal, the co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker. We’ll be engaging these innovators (and many, many more) in discussions and panels at Brooklyn Bowl, the Wythe Hotel and Brooklyn Brewery. Plus, NExT will be hosting networking events and workshops over the two days to help connect the city’s established business leaders with tomorrow’s upstart innovators. Program Director Jaime Romero and Program Curators Andy P. Smith, Tiffany Wilson and Kyla Starinieri have been working all year to put together this schedule of events, discussions and presentations, and there are more announcements to come! As we get closer to June, we’ll post a comprehensive schedule so you don’t miss anything that NExT has to offer (there’s a lot).

NExT badges are on sale nowclick here to get one of your very own. Follow us on Twitter and Facebookfor all of the latest NExT and Northside news.

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NYC Taper at the Northside Festival

557048_386611248054224_211725624_nWe don’t know about you, but we’re so thrilled about the initial Northside lineup that sitting at our desks has been especially hard lately. Waiting for June is going to be killer.  How on earth will we pass the time? 

By reliving Northside in all it’s former glory, of course!

Beloved live music archivist NYC Taper has been a Northside attendee for three years running and his website is filled with recorded festival highlights. To tide ourselves over until June, we’ve compiled a list of some our favorite live recorded shows in Northside history.


Olivia Tremor Control @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, June 17, 2012

Amen Dunes @ Glasslands, June 17, 2012

Crystal Stilts @ Glasslands, June 17, 2012

Wymond Miles @ Glasslands, June 17, 2012

Field Mouse @ Spike Hill, June 16, 2012

Olivia Tremor Control @ Good Company, June 15, 2012

Pontiak @ 285 Kent, June 14, 2012


Atlas Sound @ St. Cecilia, June 16, 2011

Eternal Summers @ Braur Falls, June 16, 2011

Woods @ St. Cecilia, June 17, 2011

The Babies @ McCarren Park, June18, 2011

Wavves @ McCarren Park, June 18, 2011

Guided By Voices @McCarren Park, June 18, 2011

Deervana @ Brooklyn Bowl, June 19, 2011


Cloud Nothings @ Knitting Factory, June 24, 2010

Wavves @ Knitting Factory, June 24, 2010

Real Estate @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, June 25, 2010

Woods @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, June 25, 2010

Moon Duo @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, June 25, 2010

Memory Tapes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, June 26, 2010

Twin Sister @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, June 26, 2010

Northside NExT Info Session at The Yard!


Attention New York City startups! Last week, we told you about the affordable booth opportunities available at the NExT Expo this year. But if you’re sitting on the fence about whether the NExT Expo is the right fit for you and your company, join us at our free information session on Thursday, April 18th at Greenpoint’s communal workspace, The Yard! We’ll do a short presentation on everything that the NExT Expo has to offer and answer any questions you might have.


Still not convinced? If you decide to purchase a NExT booth on the day of the info session, you’ll get 20% off a NExT Startup Booth package. That includes a 5×10 draped table, ID sign, wifi and (of course) the opportunity to interact with thousands of attendees for only $400. So, yeah. Now you have to come.

Click here to RSVP, and we’ll see you on April 18!

Calling All Startups: Booths at the 2013 NExT Expo Are On Sale Now!

282887_386611104720905_897397938_nAre you a burgeoning startup?  Would you like to get your company in front of thousands of Brooklynites, entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders of tomorrow? You’re in luck. Booths at this year’s NExT Expo are available for startups (companies with 6 employees or less) for a mere $500!

The NExT Expo (Northside Entrepreneurship and Technology Expo) will take place in McCarren Park on Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14. This free, public expo will showcase over 100 of NYC’s technological innovators like WindowfarmsVOXONHukkster, and plenty more to come. The NExT Expo is your chance to meet tomorrow’s business leaders, collaborate,  communicate and demonstrate what your company has to offer to thousands of New York City consumers.

Startup booths include a 5×10 draped table, an ID sign, wifi and (of course) the opportunity to interact with thousands of attendees.

Interested parties should contact Dawn Pratt at

Hope to see you in June!

Northside 2013 DIY Film Competition Deadline Extended!

Northside 2013 DIY Film Competition Deadline Extended!

SlideshowAre you an unsung hero of independent filmmaking ? Did you miss the March 1 submission deadline for 2013 Northside DIY Film Competition?

Well you’re in luck, because we’ve extended the submission deadline to March 15!

The winning feature and short films will receive cash and a prize package that totals almost $10,000 in goods and services, so get those final cuts in as soon as possible.

For more information and to submit your film, click here.

Good luck!

Meet the 2013 Northside DIY Competition Jury (So Far)


Last week, we brought you your Northside Music and NExT updates, but today we’d like to interrupt your Wednesday internet procrastinating with some Northside Film(June 17-20) news. Specifically, a quick introduction to our 2013 Northside DIY Film Competition jury members thus far. And well, we say “introduction,” but we think some of these names might seem familiar.

This year’s illustrious jury chair will be Scott Macaulay, the editor-in-chief ofFilmmaker Magazine. By his side will be Alex Karpovsky, the Brooklyn-based independent director, writer and, of course, star of HBO’s Girls. Rounding out the initial trio is Miriam Bale, a Brooklyn-based writer and the founder of the La Di Da Film Festival (and, ahem, former L Magazine contributor). We’ll be adding two more judges to the jury before the ground thaws, so follow @Northsidefest on Twitter for the latest Northside Film updates and announcements.

If you’re a filmmaker, there’s still time to get your film in front of our distinguished judges, but make those final edits ASAP! The deadline to enter the Northside DIY Film Competition is March 1. For more information on how to enter, click here. And if you’re interested in a Northside Film badge, take advantage of our low, low (low) Early Bird prices. From now until April 30, a Northside Film badge will only set you back a slim $25. That’s about the cost of two movies at your local megaplex, thank you very much. Click here to pick up one of your very own. See you in June!

2013 Northside Festival Badges Are on Sale Now!

Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan

It’s February. You’re cold. Maybe you’re battling a bout of the winter blues. But fear not, Brooklyn! A mere four months from now lies the promise of June. That means warm weather, cold beers and a little something we put on every year called the Northside Festival. We’re not doctors, but if we were to prescribe a cure for aforementioned blues, we’d suggest getting a head start on summer with your very own Northside Badge. And oh look; they’re on sale now!

June will be here before you know it, so don’t miss out on our low early bird prices. Let’s break it down:

Northside Music Badge (June 13-16): $65
Northside NExT Badge (June 13-14): $190
Northside Film Badge (June 17-20): $25
Northside Premium Badge (Music, NExT and Film; June 13-20): $235

And if you’re looking to buy more than one badge, you’re in luck! For a limited time, you can save 40% when you buy two or more Northside badges of any type, thanks to our partners at GroupMe. This offer only lasts through March 1 at 11:59pm, so don’t wait. Click here to get started.

Northside Badges grant you access into Northside events on a first-come, first-served basis. So if there’s a show you really, really want to see, we’d recommend getting there early. Or, if there’s a show that you really, really, really want to see, you can buy tickets to individual shows here. Black Flag, Swans, WHY?, Rhys Chatham & Oneida, Iceage, Son Volt and Merchandise go on sale today at noon, with more on the way.

For a look at the initial Northside lineup, click here. For Northside updates and announcements, follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook. See you in June!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Black Flag (and Swans, Lambchop, Iceage and More…)

Black Flag classic logo

We’ve come to think of Northside as a showcase of the past, present and future incarnations of this so-called “Brooklyn sound” that has in many ways come to define independent music in the new millennium–a snapshot of its current state, with bands that are emerging, those next in line, and those that have paved the way, all rubbing elbows in Williamsburg and Greenpoint for four days in June. It’s a neat little trick that allows for a reformed Black Flag, helmed by main man Greg Ginn and Jealous Again-era vocalist Ron Reyes, making their first NYC appearance in 26 years(!) alongside hundreds of up-and-comers waiting to make the same impact for future generations.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, really. SwansLambchopSon Volt and a special collaborative performance between composer-guitarist Rhys Chatham and hometown experimental heroes Oneida are early additions to the venerable band list. Iceage, WHY?, Merchandise, Chelsea Wolfe, Twin Sister, The Soft Moon, Milk Music, Kisses, Lower and Destruction Unit offer a glimpse of what’s in store when some of the most influential tastemakers from NYC and beyond curate showcases with bands they think you need to hear. Check out the confirmed lineup right here. And to think this is in addition to two FREE shows at McCarren Park on June 15 and 16, so we can all hang out together.

Maybe the best part? This is just the beginning. Stay tuned as we roll out over 300 more bands in the coming months. Until then, grab yourself a music badge at the early-bird rate of $65, allowing entry to every Northside show on a first-come, first-served basis, and let’s get this party started.

RSVP for the Northside Festival’s NExT Trade Show! For Free!

RSVP for the Northside Festival’s NExT Trade Show! For Free!

We’re back!

We’re pleased to announce that NExT, the business-minded, tech-savvy portion of the Northside Festival, is returning to Williamsburg on June 13 and 14 for its second year of panel discussions and tech demonstrations. We’ve spent the last 12 months hard at work to connect you with the city’s established business leaders and upstart innovators, but before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s see what’s changed since last year, shall we?

What used to go by Northside Entrepreneurship is now going by the shorter and snappier NExT; that stands for Northside Entrepreneurship + Technology (and is much easier to say three times fast, should the mood ever strike you). But, wait, there’s more!

For the first time, NExT is bringing a free-to-the-public trade show to McCarren Park. Yes, you read that right. Free. As in, no admission fee and no badge necessary. Just click here to RSVP. On Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14 the Northside Festival will host some of the most truly exciting companies and start-ups from around the city like WindowfarmsVOXONHukkster. Plus, the NExT Trade Show will host special programming (details to come), a job fair to connect young engineers and executives to local tech opportunities, and hundreds of companies showcasing their solutions and innovations. You’ll find them on the corner of N. 12th St. and Bedford Ave. at McCarren Park (right next to the tennis courts) demonstrating their products and offering special deals to NExT Trade Show attendees. And, we mentioned it’s free, right? This way, everyone in New York City will have a chance to experience what’s (ahem) NExT.

To RSVP to the NExT trade show in McCarren Park for free, click here. And don’t worry; we’re still hosting panel discussions and tech demonstrations as part of NExT. You’ll need a badge to get into those, and luckily for you, badges go on sale Friday. Stay tuned!

If you’re interested in exhibiting at the NExT Trade Show, contact

Sonicbids Submissions Now Open For 2013!

Sonicbids Submissions Now Open For 2013!

Here at the Northside Festival, we like to think we have a pretty good handle on what’s out there on the horizon. You know, the undiscovered but totally deserving bands, films, artists and innovators who call Brooklyn home. This year, could it be you? Are you and your bandmates…what’s next?

For the fifth year in a row, the 2013 Northside Festival will descend on Williamsburg and Greenpoint, taking over all of North Brooklyn from June 13-20. But it just wouldn’t be Northside without hundreds of up-and-coming, local bands to take part in the festivities. Now more than ever, Northside is about celebrating the undiscovered musicians in our midst, as much as it is about the big names. Every year, we send out a call for submissions to you guys, the as-of-yet unknown bands that make us proud to say we live in Brooklyn. And that time has arrived yet again.

If you want to play at Northside 2013, click here. Please note the deadline to submit is Saturday, April 13, 2013. Selected bands will be notified in mid-May.

If you have any questions, feel free to email We can’t wait to hear from you.

Northside 2013 Dates Have Arrived!

Northside 2013 Dates Have Arrived!

We can’t believe it either, guys.

For the fifth year in a row, the Northside Festival is returning to take over Williamsburg and Greenpoint, bringing the best of Brooklyn’s music, film, art and ideas right into your backyard. Mark your calendar for June 13-20, because we’ve got more bands, films, venues, entrepreneurs and artists up our sleeves than ever before (we have really big sleeves).

Here’s how things will shake out for 2013:

Northside Music: June 13-16

NExT: June 13-14

Northside Film: June 17-20

If the anticipation is just too much, may we suggest clicking here for a look back at this summer’s madness? And while you’re at it, bookmark this page; it’ll become your resource for all things Northside-related in 2013. And we hate to sound bossy but once you’ve done that you might as well follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook, right? That way you’ll be the first to hear any and all of our Northside Festival updates.

Phew. June will be here before we know it, and we can’t wait to see you.


Now Accepting Submissions to the 2013 DIY Film Competition!

Now Accepting Submissions to the 2013 DIY Film Competition!

Last year, Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema packed the house with screenings of short films and features by some fantastic as-yet-unknown local and international artists. This year, it  could be you!

The winning feature and short films will be awarded cash prizes, a filmmaker service package courtesy of DCTV, and more!  Northside will also host a special screening of the winning films with an after-party party to celebrate our award-winning filmmakers and their crew. That’s over $10,000 in value and services!  Let’s break it down, shall we?

  • The winning feature will receive $500
  • The winning short will receive $250
  • Both winners will receive an $800 certificate for DCTV services (Equipment, Post, Workshops)
  • Both winners will receive a screening at Nitehawk Cinema hosted by Northside Film
  • Both winners will receive a MotionMaker sign up with Dailymotion
  • Both winners will receive two full page ads in The L Magazine announcing their wins

The deadline for the open call is March 1, 2013, so make those final edits asap!

For more information and to submit your film, click the Withoutabox link below.

Good luck!