Northside Festival 2K15… It’s Go Time!

03/04/2015 12:00 PM |


We figured we’d take a cue from the calendar and welcome March with a roar of our own. May we present for your taste-making, summer-loving pleasure: our first major Northside announcement! Shake the snow off of those boots and dream of bands, films and innovators you need to know. From June 8-14, join the festival that transforms Brooklyn’s backyard into an incubator of what’s next for Northside’s seventh and best — we’re going ahead and calling it — year yet.

With over 400 bands taking the stage, when the festival’s four days of music come to a close you’ll have seen enough shows to get you through to fall. As in the past, we’ll be joining up with curatorial partners on showcases at over 30 venues around North Brooklyn, including the 6000-cap outdoor space at 50 Kent Avenue and free shows down the block at McCarren Park. Joined by an army of local talent, a sample of this year’s lineup includes Run the Jewels, Neko Case, Built to Spill, Best Coast, Against Me!, Vince Staples, Rhye, Majical Cloudz and So. Many. More. The first batch of single-show tickets will go on sale this Friday at noon.

Not to be outdone, the Innovation conference has expanded its offerings this year. We’re talking two days of original programming, all the networking events and parties you need to get your next project off the ground, pitch competitions, and the return of the free start-up Expo to McCarren Park. This year’s speakers are leading the pack in everything from online dating to capital trading. Armed with an Innovation badge, catch panelists like Alex Blumberg (founder of Gimlet Media), Lesley Eccles (founder of FanDuel), Paul Budnitz (founder of Ello), Or Arbel (founder of Yo), Guy Vidra (CEO of The New Republic), Brad Katsuyama (founder of IEX), Alison Schwartz (founder of LuLu), Maxwell Ryan (founder of Apartment Therapy) and over 150 more.

Northside’s film competition returns to bring you the cutting-edge programming you’ve come to expect. Concentrating on emerging filmmakers, many of whom call Brooklyn home, this year’s renowned group of jurors includes award-winning documentarian Crystal Moselle (The Wolfpack) and Todd Bieber, creative director of UCB Comedy. We’ll announce our full lineup of films after the March 25 submission deadline, so keep those cameras rolling and be a part of Brooklyn’s premier showcase for independent talent.

A limited number of Early Bird Badges are now available. Early Bird Music Badges ($70) include access to all 400+ bands (subject to venue capacity), Early Bird Innovation Badges ($245) to all 150+ speakers, and Early Bird Film Badges ($30) to all 50+ films. Premium badges ($275) include access to the entire festival. Badge-holders also gain access to exclusive festival events, parties and networking opportunities.