Summer was well and truly ushered in this last weekend as the Northside Festival concluded its 8th year. With a 400+ roster of bands among dozens of venues, there was no shortage of entertainment; Free Williamsburg staff made a credible stab at doing as much as possible, and our thoughts are below – the best sets, what we sadly missed, and looking to the future. All photos by Chris Quartly
We’ve had several failed attempts at summer kicking off this year, but the Northside festival always seems to usher in the season semi-officially for us here at Free Williamsburg. With a music lineup that breaks a whopping 400 in number, there is plenty to cram in over the course of 4 days, it’s not too late to buy a badge, and single-ticket shows are available here. While the laws of physics dictate that you can’t be everywhere at the same time, we’re here to help out with the suggestions of who, where and when (not to mention finding time for a beer).
The Northside festival is always one of our favourite times of the year, and so it will no doubt be again following the announcement of the intial lineup for the 2016 iteration. The obvious standout is Brian Wilson performing the all-time classic Pet Sounds album on the 12th of June (the album is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year). Location and ticket details for the show are yet to be announced so stay tuned.
This winter has been a mixed bag of weather, from blizzards one week to downpours the next, but it hasn’t dampened NYC nightlife’s resolve. So on we press into this late february weekend where a whole slew of artists are just ripe for the partying. Kicking off tonight in Greenpoint, it’s a whole low end profile of futuristic sounds at Good Room with Martyn, FaltyDL, Contakt and crew. Then head south to Black Flamingo where their night Trial & Error will bring in the deep & soulful melodies of 90s club classic DJ Nelson Paradise.
On Saturday, get to Output early for a special live modular showcase with Lucy and Aris Kindt as Techno Pro and vast record collector DVS1 helms the late night portion along with Neil Landstrumm, Miguel Senquiz. If you’re headed out east, check out the Loft party at 254 Johnson Ave where Golf Channel’s DJ Nature plays eclectic tunes alongside Duane Harriott & BLT. Finally, cap the whole thing off at Palisades where the Remedy promoters present a Pinkman Records showcase with veteran Dutch techno/punk artist Drvg Cvltvre, Marsman, and residents.
Have a fun one Brooklyn!
It’s that time of year again and we’re extra excited because Halloween falls on a Saturday in 2015. We’ve already given you EDM fans some options, here are a few more choices for everyone else. Check back later, we’ll be updating our list as the big day draws nearer. As always, let us know what we missed in comments.
PAT Party presents: PAT-o-ween
Thurs Oct 29, 10pm
Union Pool, 484 Union Avenue, Williamsburg
JD Samson Presents, PAT, a party for anyone from anywhere wearing anything and loving who they want. Video art. Amazing DJs and people willing to let go. JD Samson is best known as leader of the band MEN and for being one-third of the electronic-feminist-punk band and performance project, Le Tigre.
Monster Mash-Ups Movie Series: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Friday Oct 30, 6pm
McCarren Park Pool Deck, Williamsburg
Join NYC Parks for free, spoofy horror movies in our city’s parks. In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a scientist who cross dresses. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”
Spooky Mansion at The Paper Box
Oct 28-31 at 8pm
The Paper Box, 17 Meadow Street, Bushwick
For four freaky nights, you’re invited to get lost inside The Wild Honey Pie’s multi-room Halloween experience, hosted by Arturo Castro (Broad City), featuring interactive games, crazy installations, Halloween drink specials, and different performances each night from Talib Kweli, Ratking, Museum of Love and more. [Read more…]
The ADAPT Conference continues today across three venues of The Yard: Space to Work. All of today’s events are free with RSVP and feature some of NYC’s best minds around the ADAPT acronym of Art, Design, Adventure, Passion, and Technology including two opening receptions for art exhibitions at The Yard’s Lower East Side and Brooklyn locations as well as a special presentation from Jim Wilson, Samsung’s Jim Willson, Director of Immersive Products & VR who is leading business development for Samsung-Milk VR, a premium virtual reality content service with one of the world’s largest libraries of 360 degree content. Happy hour sponsored by the Brooklyn Brewery immediately following Jim Wilson’s presentation.
Free with RSVP. Full schedule at ADAPT2015.com