Northside Festival: 7 Bands to See if You Go Punk


Northside Festival has a plethora of genres to keep every attendee happy. But there are some people looking for a more specialized experience. If you are looking solely for some punk music, then look no further. There are plenty of options, so we started you off by highlighting seven to get your feet wet.

Aye Nako

Aye Nako has a killer DIY vibe, leaning on the harder side of punk. According to their Facebook, they claim themselves to be “a queer punk band comprised of 4 weirdos writing dissonant and melodic punk music while carving out a space to co-exist in the fold between music, art, and politics in New York City and beyond.” If that sounds like your type of vibe, check them out.

See Aye Nako play at the Shea Stadium, Thursday June 9th & Sunday June 12th.

Beth Israel

If you are looking for the more mellow side of punk with chill vocals, Beth Israel should be a go to. It has a great balance of softness and grunge for a punk aura, but not an overwhelming one if the loud static and thrashing guitar strums are not your scene.

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See Beth Israel play at Alphaville, Saturday June 11th.


You can’t get more feminist than Childbirth, yelling lyrics of social equality and crass honesty. They have very prominent, charged vocalization against their more subdued instrumentation, but it yields an awesome performance of lots of singing along and screams of agreement.

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See Childbirth play at Shea Stadium, Thursday June 9th and at Baby’s All Right, Friday June 10th.

Future Punx

Future Punx is for those looking for a spin on the traditional punk genre, mixing it with what the band likes to refer to as Post-Wave. The overall atmosphere remains intrinsically punk, while adding a different tempo and twist to the music.

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See Future Punx play at Alphaville, Saturday June 11th.

Heaven’s Gate

For something more transcendent and intense to the ears, female-led Heaven’s Gate is the choice. Mixed with the punk are some shoegaze undertones if you are a fan of the noisy, static reverbs found in some punk tunes, prep to see their set.

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See Heaven’s Gate play at Alphaville, Saturday June 11th.


Female-fronted Hinds has a low-fi sound with their rendition of punk. Hailing all the way from Spain, these ladies provide a refreshing, sexy take on the garage band style sound. They just released their first full length album this year, so for something current, check out their show.

See Hinds play at McCarren Park, Sunday June 12th.


From New York City, Pill provides a colorful twist to the punk sound with interesting instruments like horns to add to the intensity of their deep, lulling melodies. They play nicely with volume, rolling up and down with crescendos and moments of quiet to keep listeners intrigued.

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See Pill play at Alphaville, Saturday June 11th, and at Palisades, Sunday June 12th.


Check out the rest of Northside Festival’s lineup here.