Dates for the 2017 Northside Festival have been announced


Badges are now on sale, though none of the music acts have been announced. Last year’s festival highlights included Brian Wilson, Wolf Parade, Diarrhea Planet, King Khan, Psychic Ills, Priests and more. 

Dubbed “a compact and intensely Brooklyn counterpoint to South by Southwest” by The New York Times, Northside Festival returns for its ninth year June 7-11, 2017 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. [Read more…]

2016 Northside Music Festival Review


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

[Read more…]

Northside shows featuring rapist Brock Turner apologist cancelled


Leslie Rasmussen, who is a childhood friend of Brock Turner and the drummer for the band The Good English, wrote a letter to Judge Persky defending his “20 minutes of action.” It was posted on Twitter and has since gone viral:

I don’t think it’s fair to base the fate of the next ten + years of his life on the decision of a girl who doesn’t remember anything but the amount she drank to press charges against him. [Read more…]

2016 Northside Music Festival guide


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).

[Read more…]

Northside Festival moving all Black Bear Bar events to new venues following skinhead booking debacle


Their website simply states “Northside Festival celebrates the diversity of Brooklyn and hopes that all feel welcome at our shows.” Santos Party House may be permanently closed after hosting several neo-Nazi bands at the “Oi Festival.” From Brooklyn Vegan:

Over the weekend, a racist Oi! skinhead show was moved from Black Bear Bar [Read more…]

Northside 2016 Festival includes Brian Wilson playing Pet Sounds


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.

[Read more…]

2015 Northside Music Review

ex hex

The seventh Northside festival wrapped up on the 14th of June, with over 100,000 people spending time indulging either music, innovation, film, or a combination of the three. Free Williamsburg staff spent time at various shows from metal to pop acts, among thousands or sometimes only a dozen likeminded souls. The best sets and the ones that got away all feature below.

[Read more…]

Brooklyn Electronic Dance Round Up: June 12-13

Trapped in the heat and you can’t get out? This weekend’s Northside Festival is due to be a hot one so make sure to stay hydrated! For those looking to keep the party going after the showcases, I’m back laying out the weekend’s finds for nightlife pleasure seeking. Starting with The Bunker tonight, presenting a heavy night of techno, celebrating the release of EPs on their label from both Løt.te and Mark Verbos. Then its off to Bushwick where you can find left field producer Willie Burns (L.I.E.S., WT Records) melding records together from years worth of collecting at Brooklyn’s The Thing record store. Cap it all off at the newly opened Black Flamingo for a classic night of Disco and House from Jacques Renault and Justin Miller. Saturday begins early with a daytime rooftop special at Output with Metro Area and local staples Kaviar Disco Club. For the pièce de résistance you can find Tigersushi honcho and french bred DJ/Producer Joakim at Cameo for an all night long DJ set with the legendary Justin Strauss! Go out and get some New York! – @evvnmichael



[Read more…]