Big Bands to Take Center Stage at Northgate Music Festival

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Music enthusiasts will soon descend on Northgate, as more than 100 bands are set to take the stage for the 9th annual Northgate Music Festival.

Organizers are hoping people take away a new appreciation for music from this year's event.

"I hope they come and listen to a new band that they might not have heard before, get a new flavor for some of the bands here in College Station that you can see more often, but might not have known before," said Amanda Brinlee, event corrdinator of the festival.

Beginning Thursday evening and continuing through Saturday music lovers from all over will head to Northgate to listen to a variety of music.

"We have over 120 bands ranging from hip hop, country, Texas country, alternative, rock, heavy metal, acoustic, pretty much a wide variety of any type of music you could want to hear," said Brinlee.

Some of this year's headliners include: Sister Hazel, Flickerstick, Honeybrowne, Phil Pritchett, the Blaggards, Ingram Hill, Max Stalling, Minority, Alien 8, Binge, Brandon Ryder, Junior, Damesviolet, Green River Ordinance, the Feds, Space Cadets, the Vanished, and Mysterious Ways.

Berry Ivins, owner of the Corner Bar and president of the Northgate District Association says businesses are gearing up for the crowds, especially since this year's event will allow drinking outdoors.

"From the music festival on, Northgate is kicking," said Ivins. "We were able to put the outside stage up and fence it in and get alcohol back on the promenade, and it's really picked up the music festival."

With the surge of people on Northgate local law enforcement is also beefing up security. College Station police along with Sheriff's deputies will be at the event. However, they're not anticipating any problems.

"What you'll see is a fun environment," said College Station Chief of Police, Michael Clancey. "There will be a strong police presence and we'll have another successful year."

Proceeds from the event benefit Scotty's House, the Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley, and Boys and Girls clubs.