Beirut, Guided By Voices Headlining Northside Festival, GBV Tickets On Sale Today

Northside Festival 2011
Northside Festival 2011

I’ve been a little slack with the Northside Festival info so far, but I figure now is as a good a time as any to rectify that situation. The big news of the day is that Bob Pollard (who apparently can’t stay retired for too long) is bringing back Guided By Voices for a special appearance at this year’s Northside Festival on Saturday, June 18 at McCarren Park. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, April 8 at noon, Wavves are opening. In other NSF headlining news, Santa Fe’s favorite son, Zach Condon aka Beirut will be headlining the Northside show at the pool on Friday, June 17, tickets for that show are currently on sale. Other bands playing this year’s fest include: Twin Sister, Deervana (Deer Tick), Allo Darlin’, Javelin, Ava Luna, Delicate Steve, The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! and Gabriel and the Hounds (more announcements coming April 19).

More Beirut tour dates and a Northside Festival press release after the jump.

UPDATE: You can listen to a “new” Beirut song (Caetano Veloso cover) off of the forthcoming benefit album, Red Hot + Rio 2, over here.

Beirut 2011 Tour Dates
09-May Norfolk VA The Norva w/ Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
11-May Baltimore MD Rams Head Live w/ Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
13-May Montclair NJ The Wellmont Theater w/ Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
06-Jun Dallas TX South Side Music Hall w/ Twin Sister
08-Jun Austin TX ACL Live w/ Twin Sister
10-Jun New Orleans LA Republic w/ Twin Sister
14-Jun Washington DC Black Cat w/ Twin Sister
17-Jun Brooklyn NY Northside Fest @ McCarren Park
30-Jun London Hyde Park w/ Arcade Fire
03-Jul St. Gallen Switzerland Montreuz Jazz Fest
05-Jul Ferrara Italy Castello Piazza w/ The National
07-Jul Novisad Serbia EXIT Festival
09-Jul Trencin Slovakia Pohoda Festival
12-Jul Arles France Festival Les Suds
14-Jul Meco Portugal Super Bock Super Rock Festival
16-Jul Benicassim Spain Benicassim Festival
18-Jul Lyon France Festival Nuits De Fourviere
20-Jul Nyon Switzerland Paleo Festival
29-Jul Portland ME State Theater
02-Sep Dorset End of the Road
04-Sep Stradballyr Ireland Electric Picnic
06-Sep Manchester Academy
08-Sep Amsterdam Holland Paradiso
12-Sep Paris France Olympia
14-Sep Brussels Belgium AB
16-Sep London Brixton Academy

Created by The L Magazine, The Northside Festival, June 16-19, is a four-day celebration of Brooklyn and what’s next in Music, Art, Film and Ideas. The best regional, national and global talent will be showcased, all within the walkable radius of Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Visit

Northside Music:
Over 250 bands will play over the four days at more than 25 venues scattered throughout the neighborhood, the majority of which will be handpicked by some of the most respected labels, bloggers, record stores and other independent tastemakers in the community. Highlights include the return of live music to McCarren Park, with Beirut and Guided By Voices set to headline. Another exciting addition to this year’s lineup is Deer Tick, who will be performing as Nirvana tribute band Deervana at Brooklyn Bowl.

Northside Film:
The film component of the festival includes an in-competition DIY Film Festival, as well as a non-competitive screening series. Festival judges include Rosie Perez, Ted Hope and Todd P. The non-competition screening series is curated by The Berlin Film Festival, IFC, Rooftop Films, Film at Lincoln Center, Animation Block Party, and many more.

Northside Art:
On June 18 and 19, the most densely populated arts community in the country will open its doors to the public in a massive Open Studios program in conjunction with Greenpoint Open Studios. Hundreds of artists and galleries will show their latest work to thousands of interested patrons.

Northside Ideas: As Brooklyn has become a national incubator for new ideas and media, the creators and innovators developing exciting new products and brands will speak on a series of panels about what to expect next.


  1. Jimmy Fallon says:

    Correct me if I am wrong, but McCarren pool is in total shambles because of construction. I find it unlikely this will take place there.

    1. bumpershine says:

      You are correct Jimmy Fallon, it’s just the park, not the pool. Hey, remember when we met that time at the Neko Case show at the pool? (Post updated.)

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