Northside Festival, Brooklyn’s largest annual discovery festival with more than 80,000 attendees, is set to take place in June in venues throughout Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Now in its fifth year, Northside Festival highlights “what’s next” in music, film, and entrepreneurship.
The festival will also play host to the first NYC performance in 26 years of Greg Ginn’s iconic band Black Flag, featuring Jealous Again-era vocalist Ron Reyes. An additional taste of what’s to come includes Swans, Lambchop, Iceage, Son Volt, Rhys Chatham and Oneida (special collaboration), WHY?, Merchandise, Chelsea Wolfe, Twin Sister, The Soft Moon, Milk Music, Kisses, Lower, Destruction Unit, Good for You, Greg Ginn & the Royal We and many more. (Scroll down for full lineup)
Northside Music, June 13-16, will showcase nearly 350 bands creating what’s next in music. For the first time ever during Northside, the two McCarren Park concerts, on Saturday and Sunday, will be free! In addition to the 6,000-capacity McCarren Park space, there will be free music programming Saturday afternoon during Williamsburg Walks in the neighborhood epicenter, Bedford Avenue. All day Bedford Ave. will be closed off to car traffic from Metropolitan Ave. to McCarren Park and transformed into a public space with art, live music, food, and more.
The festival kicks off with NExT: The Northside Entrepreneurship and Technology Expo. NExT has two major programs: a free, public innovation expo in McCarren Park, Brooklyn, to showcase NYC’s innovation community, and an entrepreneurship conference that takes place at a handful of venues in walking distance from the park.
In addition to more than 100 booths and presentations, NExT at McCarren Park will include the following:
The transformative Brooklyn startup Windowfarms will bring the “farm” to NExT in McCarren Park. Windowfarms will allow attendees to experience that salad grown in the window of a city apartment can taste like it’s straight from the big country farm. By building a “farm” using their innovative Windowfarm systems right in McCarren Park, attendees won’t just see what’s next, they will taste it too!
VOXON will unveil a sneak peek of the Voxiebox – the world’s first Volumetric Entertainment System – with never before seen voxel-based experiences for NExT attendees. Witness breakthrough volumetric display technology that leaves 2D pixel-based screens behind to mesmerize you with real 3D voxels visible with the naked eye. Remember when Makerbot was just an open source dream? Don’t miss this opportunity to get hands on with a Voxiebox before it takes the world by storm!
Fresh off its seed round led by Cameron and Tyler Winkelvoss, Hukkster tracks selected products online and lets you know when they go on sale. It’s the ultimate deal finder and each user is their own curator. For the duration of NExT, participating attendees will be offered limited time offers to get special deals throughout Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
Hourly.com, a New York based startup, is fundamentally changing the way freelancers and prospective employees connect. Hourly.com powers The Northside Festival’s volunteer program, and connects the festival management to top, local, event producers who make this amazing festival possible.
Premier partner GroupMe, the company that helps people enjoy their lives and experiences with friends, will offer access to early bird badges through Experiences from Friday, February 22 through Friday, March 1. GroupMe will also offer festival goers the opportunity to stay connected with their friends and receive important festival updates via the featured mobile messaging group, which they can start on GroupMe.com.
Northside will also be partnering with Red Bull Creation. Red Bull Creation is a national 72-hour themed innovation competition pitting six teams of makers, hackers and inventors against each other in a live-build format from June 12-16 at McCarren Park during NExT. In its third year, the annual maker competition will feature new technology to inspire creative submissions starting April 8. Check www.redbullusa.com/creation for a chance to show your inventive spirit amongst like-minded creatives from music, film, art and entrepreneurial backgrounds.
(FIRST NYC PERFORMANCE IN 26 YEARS)
RHYS CHATHAM & ONEIDA (SPECIAL COLLABORATION)
THE SOFT MOON
GOOD FOR YOU
GREGG GINN & THE ROYAL WE
& MANY MORE TBA!!!
For more information on Northside Festival visit www.NorthsideFestival.com