Northside Festival returns to Williamsburg with host of new acts
by Andrew Shilling
Apr 22, 2014 | 3986 views | 0 0 comments | 151 151 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Borough President Eric Adams
Borough President Eric Adams
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Josh Carrafa and Tsugumi Takashi of Old Monk with Matt Roi Berger and Pete Lusk of Teen Girl Scientist Monthly at Brooklyn Borough Hall last week.
Josh Carrafa and Tsugumi Takashi of Old Monk with Matt Roi Berger and Pete Lusk of Teen Girl Scientist Monthly at Brooklyn Borough Hall last week.
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Northside Media Group president and CEO Scott Stedmen
Northside Media Group president and CEO Scott Stedmen
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With the return of the Northside Festival along Brooklyn’s waterfront this summer, founders announced that bands like The War on Drugs and Beirut will perform two special shows on June 13 and 14 in the 6,000-capacity outdoor venue at the former Williamsburg Park, located at North 12th Street and Kent Avenue in North Williamsburg.

Other additions to the summer 2014 lineup include Talib Kweli, Albert Hammond, Jr., The Dead Milkmen, CHVRCHES, Sharon Van Etton and more.

Northside Media Group president and CEO Scott Stedmen said they would utilize Brooklyn’s open park space for the weeklong festival, from June 12 to 19, and joined officials at Borough Hall last week to also announce numerous speakers and technology panels, a two-day trade show and film series along with the music.

“Brooklyn is the most exciting place to be in the universe, without any question,” Stedman said. “Every year the bands and entertainers blow our minds, they shock us and amaze us and it becomes like our children.”

Matt Roi Berger and Pete Lusk of Teen Girl Scientist Monthly said they look forward to seeing the turnout and the wide range of acts this time around.

“We’re excited to rub shoulders with these bands,” Lusk said. “I want my shoulders to be bleeding by the end of this thing.”

Josh Carrafa and Tsugumi Takashi of Old Monk have played the festival two times already, and said they too look forward to seeing the variety of new acts and performances.

“It’s great because it’s such a big influx of bands with all different kinds of music,” Carrafa said.

From June 12 to 13, speakers like Bloomberg CEO Daniel Doctoroff, Keurig Green Mountain CIO Kevin Hartlym, Buzzfeed president and COO Jon Steinberg and others will discuss innovation in media and technology in a series of panels and discussion groups.

More than 100 exhibitors like Fluent, Booker and Offerpop will also set up in McCarren Park on June 12 and 13 for the Northside Trade Show.

Northside Film will also showcase the New York premier of Homemakers, from director Colin Healy, as well as the New York premier of Grotesque Animal, a look into the life of Kevin Barnes, the front man of the indie pop band of Montreal.

Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna was a member of the City Council when Northside Festival first came to her district, and joined Stedman at Borough Hall last week to cheer on their developments.

“As Brooklynites are able to enjoy these concerts, they are also supporting our open spaces,” Reyna said. “We want to make sure that when you continue to grow our local economies, there’s such a great opportunity here, such synergy to be able to see how we can support each other.”

She added, “For far too long it was an underground world, so it’s wonderful to see them come out to share the light.”

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams welcomed Stedman and his team to celebrate yet another successful installment.

“It’s more than just a place where music is going to be played,” Adams said. “It’s also how we move and develop our borough through employment and understand how Brooklyn is becoming a tech leader.”

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