I'm a surly bastard, and among the things I hate most are large crowds and what I call "festy cunts " (terrible people who attend festivals like they're following Van Halen on tour). If you also hate music festivals for their attraction to white people who think it's appropriate to wear Native American head dress, long lines, extortionately priced food and drink and general douchebaggery, but still love live music, then Brooklyn's Northside Festival was designed exactly for you. With its music portion (there's also an innovation and film program, similar to SXSW but with less Hollywood red carpet posturing) spread out over four days, there's over 400 bands to choose from, playing at a number of venues around Williamsburg, many shows taking place in the comfort of bars you probably already frequent. Headliners take over the Smorgasburg lot at 50 Kent and play out to a sunset that drops over the Manhattan skyline, and if you're lucky the TGI Fridays food truck will be handing out free sliders. With acts like Talib Kweli, Beirut, The War On Drugs, Fuck Buttons, Sharon Van Etten, Titus Andronicus, and Beach Fossils playing alongside local acts, Northside is as impressive and diverse in it's lineups as it is in it's laid back atmosphere and easy to navigate schedule. That, and you'll have enough room to swing a cat, if that's your jam.
The author with Mac DeMarco