We’ve come to think of Northside as a showcase of the past, present and future incarnations of this so-called “Brooklyn sound” that has dominated the independent music scene for so long now: bands that have emerged, those that are emerging, and those next in line. It’s a neat little trick that has helped corral together everyone from indie vets to next-big-things-in-the-making, and have them all play together over four days within in a couple-square-mile radius — because riding the subway is a major time suck when there are so many bands to see, are we right? Take a look at the updated lineup below, now boasting an official opening party with Theophilus London, a set by Mount Eerie at St. Cecilia’s Church in Greenpoint, the first-ever performance on U.S. soil by Danish teenage punks Iceage, and Surfer Blood doubling as support for Guided by Voices/Wavves and headlining a much more intimate affair at the Knitting Factory. It’s crazy to think that there are more than a hundred more names still on the way… so, you’ll want to check back often, but, for now:
Guided by Voices, Beirut, Wavves, Surfer Blood, Deer Tick (performing as Deervana), Sharon Van Etten, Theophilus London, DOM, Mount Eerie, The Strange Boys, Iceage (U.S. debut), Twin Sister, Javelin, Frankie Rose & the Outs, Cult of Youth, Alela Diane & Wild Divine, White Fence, Grouplove, Allo Darlin’, Lucky Dragons, Takka Takka, Blondes, Janka Nabay, Holiday Shores, Eternal Summers, The Babies, Xeno and Oaklander, Houses, Teengirl Fantasy, Delicate Steve, Grooms, Slowdance, Grand Rapids, Radical Dads, Mainland, Easter Vomit, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Ava Luna, Sean Bones, Dream Diary, Xray Eyeballs, The Loom, Pursesnatchers, Gatekeeper, Nicholas Krgovich (No Kids), Pop. 1280, World Atlas, Dry the River, The Black Hollies, I’m Turning Into, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt!, Quiet Lights, The Secret History, Tiny Victories, Kindest Lines, Coyote Eyes, Yellow Tears, Epee du Bois, Marie Stella, Mussels, Diehard, Sensual Harassment, Wires Under Tension, RYAT, The Gypsy West, Dirty Dishes, Grandfather, Bangladeafy, Grass Is Green, Anasazi, The Men, Pillow Theory, Lost Tribe, A Lull, The Brooklyn What, Gabriel & the Hounds
So, you should probably grab yourself a badge, huh? Those are on sale here for a slim $70 and grant admission to every Northside music, film, art and ideas event during the four days. In other words, you can check out Beirut on Friday, Guided by Voices on Saturday, and, say, Deer Tick playing a set of Nirvana covers on Sunday (true story, that’s happening), and your badge just paid for itself. It’s just that 250+ other bands are playing too, so planning your schedule isn’t that easy.
Now for the small print: It’s important to mention that badge-holders are admitted into events on a first-come, first-served basis. We’ve tried our hardest to hold a higher percentage of spots for badges than other similar festivals, and, for the most part, we’ve been successful. We realize how much it sucks to spend money on a badge and be turned away at the door, but at the same time, it’s important to realize that admission is not guaranteed. So if there’s something you really, really want to see, you’ll want to either get there early or consider buying a ticket (available here and at the venue’s website). But even if you don’t, we’re confident that you’ll be able to see a ton of great music armed with nothing more than your very affordable badge. There will be a one-in, one-out policy, meaning if a badge-holder leaves the venue at any point during a show and there’s another badge-holder waiting to get inside, they’ll be able to enter at that time. In the coming weeks, we’ll try to be as specific as possible about how many spots are reserved for badges for certain shows, so you can gauge and plan accordingly.
(That video above shows what happens when Surfer Blood comes to Brooklyn, obviously.)