How to make the most of the Northside Festival

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.

From June 24-27, more than 100 bands will be performing at this year’s Northside Festival, a four-day marathon of shows in Williamsburg and Greenpoint that’s Brooklyn’s answer to SXSW.

It’s not just the music fans who will be venue-hopping this festival. Greenpoint’s Greg Sullo, the man behind the Brooklyn-based indie rock trio Dinosaur Feathers, said he’ll be checking out shows all weekend (except when is own band is on stage at Public Assembly on opening night).

“I’m really excited to see Fang Island and MillionYou­ng,” said Sullo. “If we weren’t there, I’d be at the Knitting Factory for the Cloud Nothings, who play really catchy pop songs with just enough noise.”

After catching some Z’s, it’s back to Public Assembly on June 25 for the Pop Tarts Suck Toasted show, featuring Dinosaur Feathers and “more great noisy pop from our friends Shark? and Darlings,” said Sullo. Next door, the Music Hall of Williamsburg will be filled with performers from the Woodist label, which Sullo hopes to sneak into.

“The blissed-out grooves of Real Estate and psych country of Woods may lure me away from Public Assembly for a few minutes,” said Sullo.

The next day, the musician plans on moseying down the street from his Greenpoint apartment to the Newtown Barge Park.

“You will definitely find me there for the epic rock anthems of Titus Andronicus,” he said.

Later that night, it’s off to Berry Park, for sets from his two favorite Philly bands, Grandchildren and Drink Up Buttercup.

After three days of rocking, Sunday is the homestretch.

“If I’m still standing, I’ll be at Brooklyn Bowl for Keepaway and Glass Ghost,” said Sullo.

In addition to our guide, Red Bull just might be your best friend this weekend.

Northside Festival will be June 24-27 at various venues including Berry Park [4 Berry St. at Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint, (718) 782-2829]; Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963-3369]; Music Hall of Williamsburg [66 N. Sixth St. between Wythe and Kent avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 486-5400]; Newtown Barge Park (Commercial, Dupont and West streets in Greenpoint, no phone); and Public Assembly [70 N. Sixth St. between Wythe and Kent avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 384-4586]. For info, visit

Updated 10:40 am, June 21, 2010
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