Greenpoint Gazette
Kathryn Kirk
(L-R): Nick Burry, publisher, Brooklyn Magazine; David Stedman, president, Brooklyn Magazine; BP Markowitz; Steve Holmgren, UnionDocs; Paul Collins, member of the band Beirut; Carlos Hernandez from the band Ava Luna; Zach Condon of the band Beirut; Scott Stedman, CEO, Northside Media Group; Jennifer Galatioto, Greenpoint Open Studios

Northside Festival Returns to Greenpoint

BY McCarton Ackerman

Move over, Austin. This June will bring some of the biggest indie rock bands from across the country right into the Greenpoint area.

Brooklyn Borough President Brooklyn Marty Markowitz led a press conference on March 9th to help announce the lineup for the Northside Festival, sponsored by the L Magazine, which will take places in venues throughout Williamsburg and Greenpoint from June 16-19. Over 100,000 attendees are expected to attend the festival, which will bring live concerts from over 250 bands in more than 50 venues, as well as film screenings and gallery openings.

“Williamsburg and Greenpoint are two of the hottest, hippest neighborhoods in this city,” said Markowitz. “I’m convinced that the Northside Festival will help solidify this and become to Brooklyn what SXSW is to Austin.”

The headliner for the Northside Festival is indie rock band Beirut, whose fusion of Balkan folk with Western pop music has led to appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, among other programs. They will be performing in McCarren Park for the final night of the festival. Over the next 10 weeks, the full roster of acts will be announced.

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In addition, Markowitz said he expects the festival to be a significant source of revenue for the neighborhood.

“Increasingly, tourism is becoming important to the economic strength of Brooklyn,” said Markowitz. “I have no doubt that that this will bring in tourists not only from outside the city, but also from across the state and the country.”

On top of the bands playing in nearly every venue throughout Williamsburg and Greenpoint, the Northside Festival is raising the stakes this year by adding several new film and art components. Indie film screenings will take place throughout the four days and will be curated by some of the biggest names in the business, while several local art galleries will be offering free art shows in conjunction with Greenpoint Open Studios.

The Do-It-Yourself Film Competition will also hold a short film competition this year in addition to the feature category. The works of all finalists will be screened at UnionDocs in Williamsburg, with the winner receiving an exclusive Northside rooftop screening. Other prizes include cash and camera rental packages.

“In the last 5 years, Brooklyn has become one of the most exciting places in the world to live,” said Scott Stedman, CEO of Northside Media Group and publisher of the L Magazine. “The artists, filmmakers, and musicians participating in the Northside Festival will help us encapsulate that over the course of these four days.”

For more information about the Northside Festival and the lineup of bands as they are announced, visit http://northsidefestival.com.

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