A lot of exciting names are flying around our musical landscape these days—new names, major acts, and exciting music brands. There’s Chance the Rapper, one of the new faces of hip-hop; Solange, a musical artist who last year put out one of the greatest R&B records of the decade, and has always been so much more than Beyoncé’s sister; and Tame Impala, the psychedelic rock project of Kevin Parker, constantly expanding and leaving fans both enchanted and mystified.

These acts come from a lot of different corners, but one thing ties them together: they all played shows early in their (still very young!) careers at Northside Festival, the world-class Music and Innovation Festival entering its 10th year of existence, held right here in our own North Brooklyn backyard. Music badges, innovation badges, and premium (all inclusive) badges are all available now, with early bird specials.

With lineup talent spanning from music to innovation to food and much more, there’s no better time to share the first batch of talent who will appear at Williamsburg’s McCarren Park: On Thursday, June 8th, Brooklyn’s own Dirty Projectors will perform in support of their new self-titled album, on the same bill as modern Jazz dynamo Kamasi Washington and Brooklyn indie breakouts Jay Som. And on Saturday, R&B sensation Miguel will headline his own show, playing both hits and deep cuts form a rich reservoir sensual tunes. A portion of proceeds from these ticketed shows will benefit Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA), a nonprofit dedicated to building a stronger North Brooklyn.

On Sunday night, punk talents Thursday, PUP, The Hotelier, and Jeff Rosenstock will wrap of the musical portion of the festival—and you can take all of that goodness in for free.

But that is not all—not even close. Northside Music will bring together over 300 artists this year, including but not limited to: Craig Leon & Martin Rev, Elvis Depressedly, Downtown Boys, Foodman, Girlpool, Jlin, Happyness, Cut Worms, Lower Dens performing songs from ABBA’s GOLD, Hoops, Emily Reo, Mild High Club, Mary Timony Plays Helium, U.S. Girls, Ricky Eat Acid, Julia Holter (solo), Container, Moor Mother, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, William Basinski, and Vagabon.

The innovation portion of Northside Festival will commence on June 7, with three days of curated events. While the world is in flux, some of the brightest minds from diverse fields will share their expert insights about where we’re headed, just when we need it most: Speakers include Sasheer Zamata of Saturday Night Live, Elizabeth Plank from Vox, and Kathleen Lingo from The New York Times. 

Showcase presenters include: Pitchfork, Kickstarter’s The Creative Independent, 33 ⅓ Book Series, AdHoc, and dozens more.

You can secure your spot for all events now by purchasing all-encompasing badges, or entry for varying levels of access. Premium and Innovation Badges will be available at “flash sale” prices (20% off until Friday, March 24th at 5pm). Early Bird badges are on sale with Music passes starting at $75, including “all access” to over 300 bands. For the Innovation content, badges begin at $499 with access to 250+ speakers. Premium badges are also available for $549, providing access to all events at the festival. Individual tickets will be available for McCarren Park shows starting on March 24th.

For more information, visit the Northside Festival website


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