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AWAL Lands in NYC at Northside June 8


After launching around the world — from the BBC Music Introducing hosts Amplify conference in London last October to SXSW in Austin, TX, this past March — AWAL finally takes over NYC for a full day of epic, artist-community-building events and a music showcase at two of Brooklyn’s hottest venues.

On June 8, during the Northside Festival in Greenpoint, we’re so excited to present the AWAL Artist Lounge at Brooklyn Brewery as a place for independent artists and managers to meet, hang out, learn from expert speakers, and network. Later, the day programming will be capped off by a showcase at Baby’s All Right, featuring live performances and DJ sets from fast-rising AWAL artists.

AWAL NYC Summer Party

Friday, June 8
@ Baby’s All Right
146 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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The lineup for our Summer Party inside Baby’s main room runs the gamut from introspective songwriters to dance to hip-hop — and beyond. Kicking off the festivities is soulful pop duo WESLEE, who are celebrating the June 8 release of their debut EP F-9, which features the irresistible “Sweat Dreams.”


Following WESLEE is Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Matt Simons who will treat the room to a stripped, piano performance of his new hit single, “We Can Do Better,” off his forthcoming album releasing this fall. Fresh off a month-long North American tour, Brooklyn’s own pop/R&B songstress Janelle Kroll will perform tracks from her latest EP, plus a new song dropping in June.

From AWAL’s UK base, Otzeki will bring their progressive electronic rhythms to Northside and celebrate the release of their first LP in late May. As we saw at the SXSW AWAL x B3SCI Showcase in March, the duo’s performance is truly another dimension.

Capping off the evening is Dizzy Fae, a rising star from Minneapolis with a stunning voice, magnetic energy, and a signature hip-hop-meets-alternative sound. NYC’s Penguin Prison closes out the night in the main room with a special DJ set bringing out all the party vibes.


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Meanwhile, in our bar/Lounge, enjoy additional DJ sets from NYC’s beloved Big Data, who is dropping a new nugget, “See Through,” the same day; Warner Case, and Ms White + DJ Ocean Cat.

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Our full lineup:


8:00-8:30pm – WESLEE
8:50-9:20pm – Matt Simons
9:40-10:10 – Janelle Kroll
10:30-11:00pm – Otzeki
11:20pm-12:00am – Dizzy Fae
12:00-2:00am – Penguin Prison (DJ Set)


6:00-9:00pm – Ms. White + DJ Ocean Cat (DJ Set)
9:00-11:00pm – Big Data (DJ Set)
11:00pm-2:00am – Warner Case (DJ Set)

Check out our Northside playlist  to hear all of our Summer Party artists, and be sure to register your attendance.


The AWAL Artist Lounge

Friday, June 8
79 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Our homebase for speakers, networking, and Northside artists is at the legendary Brooklyn Brewery — transformed into the AWAL Artist Lounge. Being an independent artist doesn’t mean you have to do it alone, which is why we’re bringing in top experts from companies such as YouTube, revealing how to get the most out of the platform for your music, and artists like VÉRITÉ, who’s earned over 135 million streams without the support of a major label.

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Each event at the AWAL Artist Lounge is designed to help support independent artists on their journeys. And this is just the beginning — we’ll be rolling out more events throughout the US later this year.


Find out more at the Northside Festival website, and be the first to know when we’re hosting an event in your area — sign up for email updates!