Brooklyn, NY – January, 19, 2017 – Dubbed “a compact and intensely Brooklyn counterpoint to South by Southwest” by The New York Times, Northside Festival returns for its ninth year, from June 7 to 11, 2017, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Last year’s Northside Festival 2016 had a huge crowd and lots of variety in the acts and performances. From Day 1’s Eagulls, DIIV, Sunflower Bean, Wolf Parade, Land of Talk, and Diarrhea Planet, Northside Brooklyn couldn’t have gotten a better start. The pace just got even more intense with Grandmaster Flash, The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Colleen Green, M.A.K.U. SoundSystem, and No One and the Somebodies shaking the place up on Day 2.
More musical acts and bands performed in the days after, as Northside shifted to two more festival hit events up its sleeve, Innovation and Content, which sparked lots of new ideas both amongst the audience and on stage. World-renowned speakers took the mic to share their creativity, vision, and plans for the years ahead – with each other and everyone in the crowd. The next Northside epic event is coming up in less than 4 months – stay tuned with us on GMM for updates.
On January 19th, badge sales began at 9am, with flash sale prices in effect for the next 24 hours. That meant $70 for Music badges, $249 for Innovation badges, and $299 for a Premium badge granting entry to both Music and Innovation events (subject to venue capacity). Following the flash sale, Early Bird prices began at a discount off their full rate.
Northside will transform North Brooklyn into an urban festival that spans across Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick, encompassing a constellation of venues – small clubs, outdoor spaces like McCarren Park, boutique hotels, bars, and more. The three main components to the festival are its music festival, an Innovation tech conference and Williamsburg Walks, an arts festival that will shut down Williamsburg’s main Bedford Avenue thoroughfare.
Northside Innovation (June 7 to 9) begins the festival with a three-day period in Williamsburg. It will be all about discovering the next big thing, and bringing together some of the best minds in the world on emerging tech, media innovations, and way more. Past speakers have included huge names of the tech world, such as Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber, Marc Mathieu, CMO of Samsung, and Dan Schulman, CEO of PayPal.
This year’s lineup will surely boast yet another exciting assortment of names, touching ground on subjects that have not been breached before. Additionally, Northside’s Content festival — which featured creators, directors, brands and platforms uncovering what’s next in original video content — is now taking place on dedicated stages within the larger Northside Innovation festival.
Brian Quinn, the VP of Experience for Northside Media Inc., is thrilled about what’s in store for this year’s events, sharing:
“I am incredibly excited to bring the worlds of tech, innovation, and startups together with design, content creation, marketing and culture for conversations, and ideas that are crucial to driving our future forward. With Brooklyn being home to so many creative industries and minds, we want Northside to showcase the best of what NYC and Brooklyn can bring.”
Northside Music (June 8 to 11) is set to feature over 300 artists, ranging from the established to the emerging. Last year’s festival saw Brian Wilson performing “Pet Sounds” in honor of the iconic album’s 50th anniversary, in addition to performances by Conor Oberst, Kacey Musgraves, Wolf Parade, Grandmaster Flash, and hundreds more.
Northside’s alumni roster proudly includes alumni who have seen meteoric rises — past performers have included Chance the Rapper’s NYC debut, CHVRCHES, Mitski, Run the Jewels, Courtney Barnett, Solange, The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, and Mac DeMarco, to name a few.
Lauren Beck, director of music programming, had this to say:
“With festivals seeming to come out of the woodwork these days, we’re striving to provide a different kind of experience than the traditional setup – one that’s affordable, accessible, diverse, and representative, of not only a lineup obsessively curated for (and by) music fans and thought leaders, but of the peculiar, palpable energy that exists in Brooklyn at summertime. Being in the thick of it, allowing this place to inspire you in strange, wonderful, surprising ways – that’s what we’re hoping to facilitate. We’re so excited for what’s in store this year.”
Northside Art (June 10 to 11), which will transform Bedford Avenue into a walking art museum, will cover 13 city blocks with installations, live music, local food, and general pleasure and relaxation.
Northside Festival is now open for registration at www.northsidefestival.com.
Northside Festival will be accepting artist submissions via Sonicbids in late January. Speaker submissions are now open.
Northside Festival prides itself on promoting incredible artists, creatives, and innovators inspiring the neighborhood of Brooklyn. The event takes place five days every June with over 300 bands and 300 speakers coming together across 30 venues. Northside Festival 2017 will take place from June 7 to 11, 2017.
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