Get Ready for the Northside Festival

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With the first official weekend of summer approaching, what better way to kick off the season than with an eccentric four-day celebration in Brooklyn? Come join the 2nd annual Northside Festival, a free-for-all celebration of New York’s best independent musicians, filmmakers, and artists. Hosted by the ever-handy, pocket-sized L Magazine, this year’s festivities are invading Williamsburg and Greenpoint, taking over bars, venues, streets, and every spare inch of sidewalk. We can’t help you decide between Wavves an Au Revoir Simone (both bands play at 11pm tonight) but we’ve done our best to round up some of the highlights of the festival and some other helpful pointers on getting there, getting in, and getting pumped.

Badges: -Look for badge deals, including specials at Barcade, Nita Nita, Iona, The Gutter, and a plethora of other bars and restaurants scattered about the neighborhood. -Check out the L‘s website for giveaways handed out to a few lucky readers. -If you’re a Foursquare user, you can unlock the “Northside” badge by checking into Northside HQ, the new outdoor venue on the Greenpoint Waterfront, or any 3 official Northside venues.

Music: -Get pumped for performances from over 250 bands, including Les Savy Fav, ?uest Love, Titus Andronicus, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, plus dozens of showcases curated by the likes of Brooklyn Vegan and Myth Recordings. -Witness the first ever outdoor concerts held on the Greenpoint Waterfront. -As the weekend progresses, bands will be taking it to the streets, so watch for announcements on outdoor performances

Film: -Celebrate the first year of film at Northside with 5 feature films and 20 shorts in Williamsburg’s brand spankin’ new movie theater, indieScreen. -Some of the highlighted films include a short directed by James Franco The Feast of Stephen and a new feature from Todd Solondz, Life During Wartime. -Join in on the Animation Block Party, an annual marathon of animated shorts featuring Q&A’s with filmmakers such as Lisa LaBracio, Aaron Hughes, Dan Meth, and Emily Hubley.

Art: -Venture over to such galleries as Momenta Art and Like the Spice to check out the best in neighborhood openings in exhibitions.

Travel: Worried about travel? Don’t fret. Badge and Ticket holders can ride the Northside Trolley between the Bedford L train stop, the Nassau G train stop, and the MetroPCS Stage at Barge Park in Greenpoint on Saturday June 26, and Sunday June 27.