Another successful year for the biggest block party of North Brooklyn!

Northside Festival Main Stage at McCarren Park. Photo: Kareem Dobson

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.

Recording Artist Miguel Performing on the Main Stage at McCarren Park. Photo: Kareem Dobson

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.

The Brooklyn Magazine Emerging Artist Yaeji Performing at the TNT Backstory Stage. Photo: Kareem Dobson

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.

Cuban Band YeraSon Performing at the TNT Supper Club and Taste Talk Wrap-up Party. Photo: Kareem Dobson

“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.

Artist Computer Magic Performing at the TNT Back Story lot. Photo: Kareem Dobson

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 beginning of the Bedford Ave Block Party. Photo: Northside Festival

“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.

Some Artist Hanging Out in the Tidal and Dussè Artist Lounge. Photo: Kareem Dobson

Be sure to be on the lookout for the Northside Festival next year here. Also, follow the Festival on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.


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Kareem Dobson

Kareem is a recent college graduate from Norfolk State University that has spent a lot of his time going back and forth from Brooklyn to Virginia. He is into all things fashion, and he dabbles in the art...

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