Northside Festival

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Brooklyn’s sixth annual Northside Festival brought together roughly 400 bands in venues across the Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods this June. As a somewhat cheaper, more accessible version of Austin’s annual SXSW Festival, with a similar motive of promoting up-and-coming bands to fans and industry leaders alike, Northside has seen significant growth in size and popularity in recent years. In fact, many artists following their SXSW debuts in March continued on tour to Northside in the hopes of breaking into (or in some cases returning home to) the music-savvy, New York fan base. Below are some of the musical highlights of Northside, ranging from lesser known groups such as Built to Spill and up-and-coming rapper, Vince Staples, to the dreamy/garage rock band, Best Coast and half-New York, half-Atlanta-based rap duo, Run The Jewels, to the iconic, Brooklyn-based indie rock band, Sleigh Bells.

Built to Spill

Best Coast

Vince Staples

Sleigh Bells

Run The Jewels

Photos by Sofia Shapiro

Sofia Shapiro

Sofia is an undergrad at Harvard University and has been writing for IndieCurrent since her sophomore year of high school. An Austin, Texas native, she has covered several years of FunFunFun Fest and SXSW, and interviewed a number of different artists from Oberhofer, Beat Connection, and Ain't No Love, to Kreayshawn. As a woman and a Latina with a passion for all things music, she longs to expose great music by underrepresented/minority groups who would otherwise not be on the average listener's radar. View all post →