Today, Northside Festival 2017 takes over the venues of Northern Brooklyn. Over the last couple of years, Northside Festival has become New York City’s equivalent to South By Southwest. Its five days consist of three focused on innovation and four days of music. Last year, we got to check out some cool innovation keynotes from Samsung and Amazon. This year features another stacked lineup of speakers, presenters, and workshops including Mayor Bill DiBlasio, full VR demonstrations, and politically-fueled discussions like the much hyped “You Are Fake News”.

However, we’re here to talk music, and well, Northside more than delivers on that front, too. This year’s lineup is absolutely stacked, It was very hard to keep it to three shows a day for these picks. You can check out their website and grab a badge here. A badge includes admission to all Northside Shows, limited only by venue capacity.

Thursday, June 8th

Nochebuena Northside Party 2017
7PM – Gold Sounds –  $10

There will be no better kickoff party than the one at Gold Sounds thrown by Cigar City Management.  This is seriously one of the most solid lineups of any of the showcases at Northside this year. Salt Cathedral, Dirty Dishes, Fruit & Flowers, Yucky Duster, and Parrot Dream are phenomenal acts.



Aldous Harding, Tiny Hazard, and M. Lamar
7PM – The Park Church Co-Op –  $12

The Park Church Co-op is one of the coolest venues in North Brooklyn. Add in some of our favorite acts, including the truly mesmerizing headliner Aldous Harding, and BrooklynVegan have put together another Northside Showcase you can’t afford to miss (unless you’re headed to Gold Sounds…).



Northern Spy Showcase
7PM – Sunnyvale –  $12

There’s a ton to choose from Thursday at 7, but as the night grows longer, Northern Spy‘s showcase seems the place to be. The whole lineup is stacked, but the two bands that take the stage after 10, Cuddle Magic and Shilpa Ray are two bands really worth getting to Sunnyvale for.



Friday, June 9th

AdHoc presents Girlpool, IAN SWEET and Lexie
9PM – Warsaw – $18

Girlpool released one of the best albums of the year so far with Powerplant. IAN SWEET released the fantastic Shapeshifter last year, and Lexie features members of Frankie Cosmos and Warehouse. This lineup is almost unbeatable all weekend. And don’t forget to grab some pierogis while you’re there – Warsaw has some of Brooklyn’s best.



Big Thief Capacity Album Release show
9PM – Rough Trade NYC – $16 (Sold Out)

Big Thief’s album release show is a big, big deal. Their last record, Masterpiece, was just that, a masterpiece, and Capacity has the potential to let loose one of indie’s best kept secrets. Northside badgeholders should check them out in this environment while they still can. This show is sold out, but Big Thief will also play a smaller acoustic show at the Park Church Co-op on Saturday as well.

This show is sold out, but Northside badge holders will be able to get in.


Flock of Dimes
11:59PM – Baby’s All Right – $12

There’s nothing better than a late night Baby’s show during Northside. One of last year’s most memorable shows was the Colleen Green show that went past 2AM. This year, Jenn Wasner’s (of Wye Oak) project Flock of Dimes is going to headline this show, which will also feature the immense sound of Ancient Ocean.



Saturday, June 10th

EIS Records & Friends Showcase
2PM – Sunnyvale – $10

You’re not going to find more bang for your buck than Exploding In Sound Records’ showcase at Sunnyvale on Saturday afternoon. Stove kicks off the lineup at 3PM, and stick around for Tall Friend, Thelma, Peaer, Fond Han, Kal Marks, gobbinjr, Baked, Washer, Two Inch Astronaut, and Big Ups. Seriously, stick around for Big Ups, they’re awesome.



Northside and the Creative Independent Present Julia Holter
8PM – National Sawdust – $20

This is going to be one of the more unique experiences at Northside music. The evening at National Sawdust will kick off with the music of Georgia, then will be a conversation between Victoria Ruiz of Downtown Boys, Tunisian protest singer Emel Mathlouthli, and writer Amy Rose Spiegel. The night will conclude with a solo performance from Julia Holter, which will no doubt be stunning.



Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 Series
8PM – Rough Trade NYC – $20

Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series has become one of Northside’s best traditions.  Last year featured Ava Luna’s legendary performance of Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire de Melody Nelson. This year’s lineup looks amazing as well, headlined by Lower Dens performing ABBA’s Gold. Also on the lineup are Tony Molina playing Dinosaur Jr.’s You’re Living All Over Me and Tredici Bacci performing songs from Dusty Springfield‘s Dusty in Memphis.



Sunday, June 11th

Thursday at McCarren Park
2PM – McCarren Park – FREE w/RSVP

Sunday is an interesting day, right now the only announced show is the one Thursday is headlining at McCarren Park. The lineup is solid, with Pup, The Hotelier, Tony Molina, and Jeff Rosenstock filling it out. So even if Thursday isn’t your thing, there’s still stuff worth checking out. The festival will also run a handful of free shows throughout the day, so keep an eye out on their website or app for more info on that.


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