The Northside Festival in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, seemed an odd affair. The music was presented on a small, chain-link-fence-enclosed patch of blacktop on the waterfront at the apex of Commercial and Dupont streets. It was a very unlikely looking place for a music venue.
But looks are often deceiving, and this festival, sponsored by L Magazine, proved no exception to that notion. The Saturday night show, only the second rock show ever hosted at the Newtown Barge Terminal Playground, as the site is officially named, featured Liars as headliners with Fucked Up and High Places as openers. It was fantastic. The only shame was that so few people came out for it. The venue appeared to be at half capacity at best, even if you counted the freeloaders who took in a virtually unobstructed view from just outside the venue’s fence.
The music was great. Although I went to hear Fucked Up, a Toronto band that is one of the most energetic punk units active today, I was pretty impressed by the other acts as well.
Liars kept the crowd entranced for a long set of noise rock with the vocal stylings of Angus Andrew.
But Fucked Up really blew the place up, with singer Damian Abraham’s crowd-hugging and can-smashing antics in addition to mind-blowingly fast and loud songs.
They say a picture’s worth 1,000 words. With Fucked Up, a picture’s worth twice that. So take in these visuals:
Click through to the jump for many more amazing photos of Fucked Up and the other opener, High Places.
High Places, a DIY collaborative duo of Robert Barber
and Mary Pearson, who recently relocated to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, kicked things off shortly after 6:30 with a solid set of intriguing, beat-heavy indie rock. They’re next seen in NYC at the Whitney Museum this Friday with Tori Y Moi. Click here for more info.