Another successful year for the biggest block party of North Brooklyn!
This weekend, artist and festival fans flocked to North Brooklyn to take part in the 9th annual Northside Festival, and annual music and innovations festival featuring film screenings, speakers and artist run by Northside Media Group.
The festival focused on two themes- innovation and music. The innovation portion– from June 7 through June 9– hosted events for tech startup founders, entrepreneurs, designers and developers to discuss the future of technology.
There were three days of panel discussions, workshops and pitch competitions. The tech portion also included a virtual reality playground and few after-event parties for participants to unwind.
The music portion– from June 8-11– Northside Festival hosted over 300 bands with shows across Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick, representing a variety of genres and performers including Dj Kool Herc, Miguel and Dirty Projectors.
“This is my first time coming to Northside and at this rate, I’ll be back every year!” said one festival goer Brandon Carrington.
There also were a host of events in the TNT Backstory studio which acted as a home base for the festival including tech talks, a drag queen story hour, a Cuban-themed closing party sponsored by the television show Claws, featuring a live band and performances by artist Yaeji and Computer Magic.
“I really came to see one of my friend’s band perform and I got sucked into going to like three shows back to back, the vibes out her a great,” said festival goer Victoria Kuentz.
Northside also transformed Bedford Avenue into a public park and gigantic block party. The block party included temporary wall art, interactive installations and sculptures. In addition to the art, there was a Jameson music showcase that featured up and coming bands like Eve & The Exiles, Julia Haltigan, and J-Council to name a few.
“The block party is cute! it gives us a chill outdoor area relax and hang out with some friends in between shows” said block partier, Wynter Jones.
Northside partnered with Tidal and Dussè to provide an artist lounge where festival attendees and artist could go chill out and grab a drink during the heat of the day.