Brooklyn, New York, is an alternate universe. When it comes to the artistic pursuits and the incredible talent level at which the Brooklyn pursuant operates on, the figures just don’t add up. It seems as if everyone in the borough is drinking from the same vat of cool-aide made from a concentrated dose of a concoction made from the blood of Jimi Hendrix, the cool of James Dean and the ironically superb brilliance of Andy Warhol. In short, to call it a hot bed of creativity would be putting it lightly, and of course in true Brooklyn style, ironically.
Those who create speak of Brooklyn in hushed whispers in dimly lit ally-ways for a reason. Brooklyn is the proving grounds for the world stage of credibility – if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. So it stands to reason that when Brooklyn holds a “local music festival,” reading between the lines should scream out “2013’s Pitchfork Award nominees,” which by and large means great news for anyone who will be in the borough in mid September.
The Brooklyn Indie Music Fest
will be taking place September 16-18 at Littlefield in Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York, United States, Earth (this is in fact the entire address). Unlike most “local” music festivals, the Brooklyn Indie has decided with its infinite wisdom to follow the typical large scale musical festival format most commonly associated with events such as Coachella in California, and Lollapalooza in Chicago. They'll be putting ALL of the music and ALL of the fans in one place at one time for maximum exposure and rock and roll indulgence.
According to the festival’s official website, “At the heart of the Brooklyn Indie Fest impetus is an attempt to unify various local independent music scenes, artists, and fans – in order to help inspire, motivate and promote these groups collectively.”
Another major focus of the festival is to bring a live face to many of the Independent local acts who do not have major record label funding and support, or the exposure that comes with signing your life away to them. The website explains, “While online presence has allowed artists to represent and promote themselves to a larger body of fans, it has also de-personalized the connections that can exist between musicians in the community and their fans. Brooklyn Indie Fest seeks to create an atmosphere where these essential connections can flourish again.”
At press time, the festival is still in its organizational phase, sifting through and accepting more applications from acts from all around the City. The Festival also promises “special guests” and “surprise performances” from some of the more legendary stars in the galaxy of Brooklyn
’s immense history. Let us not forget that those streets brought to us acts such as Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, The National, and TV on the Radio, so it’s anyone’s guess what surprises they actually have in store. It is more than a promise, and almost a fact that this will be above all things an enriching and amazing event for anyone lucky enough to find themselves in Brooklyn in the middle of September. For more information, please visit the Brooklyn
Indie Music Festival website at http://bkindiefest.org/.