When: June 12-19
Who: Titus Andronicus, Mas Ysa, Omar Souleyman, F*** Buttons, Eagulls, and more
While music fans often complain of larger festivals losing that special something due to the standard over-saturation of sponsors and/or sloppy curation, the Northside Festival stands as a beacon of hope for up-and-coming and established bands and fans alike who wonder what the early South By days might’ve been like—venue hopping, revelry spilling out onto the streets, an overall sense of community. Spread among dozens of different venues in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick, Northside has become the kind of de-facto summer kick-off festival for many a music-loving Brooklynite. More recent iterations have included film and entrepreneur portions, making it an ideal focal point for a day or night out in Williamsburg, hopping from screening to show to pop-up-shop.