Northside Festival

A scene from the 2018 Northside Festival

The Northside Festival is an annual week-long summer showcase celebrating emerging "music, innovation and art" in Brooklyn, New York, United States.[1] The festival is held at venues across the neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick and is organized by Northside Media Group, the publishers of The L Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, Playwright's Horizon and BAMbill.


Northside was started in 2009 by Brooklyn's Northside Media Group, which published the L Magazine and Brooklyn Magazine.[2]

The festival is a showcase of Brooklyn's recent cultural renaissance.[3][4] Every June for the past decade, Northside has brought hundreds of bands, artists and speakers to the festival. Past performers include Guided By Voices, Solange,[5] Brian Wilson,[6] Miguel,[7] Dirty Projectors, Beirut, Girlpool[8] and more. Past speakers include Mayor Bill de Blasio,[9] Senator Kirsten Gillibrand,[10] SNL's Sasheer Zamata,[11] hotelier Ian Schrager, writer Piper Kerman and Kickstarter CEO Yancey Stickler.


  1. ^ "Brooklyn's Northside Festival Unveils 2nd Annual Event". indieWIRE. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
  2. ^ Caramanica, Jon (2011-06-20). "Laurel Halo and Autre Ne Veut at Shea Stadium - Review". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "New York City's Local Event and Arts & Culture Guide | About Northside". The L Magazine. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
  4. ^ Jurgensen, John (2011-06-16). "A Guide to Brooklyn's Northside Festival -". Retrieved 2011-08-30.
  5. ^ "Solange and Phosphorescent playing free McCarren Park shows during Northside (updated lineup & dates)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Northside Festival 2016: Brian Wilson, Kacey Musgraves, Conor Oberst, and More". 9 March 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Miguel, Dirty Projectors, Jay Som, Kamasi Washington Playing 2017 Northside Festival". Billboard. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  8. ^ Caramanica, Jon (June 2017). "Northside Festival Adds Activism and Politics to the Music". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  9. ^ "NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Glenn Greenwald, More to Speak at Northside Festival - Pitchfork". 2 May 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Kirsten Gillibrand Calls For Energy At Northside Innovation". 9 June 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Here's who's headlining Northside Fest this year". 23 March 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
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