Brooklyn’s Northside Festival started in 2008 and back then: the music acts played venues large and small throughout the neighborhood and the Innovation component was a series of tables set up over two days in McCarren Park. Oh how they have grown since then. 2018’s Northside Fesitval attract-ed over 100K to hear 300 bands (including Liz Phair) and 150 speakers.
Innovation’s symposium style takes place in the Williamsburg, Wythe, and William Vale hotels, and imparts a variety of informative and cultural atmospheres. Four years ago the Northside Festival took on the organizer role for Williamsburg Walks from Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), which gives local performers, artists, and businesses a stage on a carless Bedford Avenue.