Northern Isolation is an experimental booking company and record label based in Minnesota.
The organization serves as a vehicle for experimental art forms by encouraging free expression and comradery, providing a platform for a wide range of experimental artists to exhibit their work.
Northern Isolation has put on unique and challenging productions, including three editions of the first experimental music and arts festival in Duluth, a series of audiovisual performances at the UMD Planetarium, a variety of performances in galleries, houses, and old churches, and more.
"The Duluth punk scene has had a huge impact on my life. Northern Isolation I was my first experience with the local scene and I instantly fell in love. I felt home. Since that show I've really found my place within the scene. I've always enjoyed taking photos, but I never quite understood the pure bliss one can receive while snapping that perfect shot in the basement of a punk house while music that makes you want to jump into a sweaty crowd filled with strangers and your best friends play. Northern isolation II marked my one year anniversary of hanging out within the local punk scene. Some of the local bands and local fans have become my best friends and favorite bands. I can't wait to see what Northern Isolation III has in store."
-Katie Powers, Duluth
"Northern Isolation is a rare and unique event located in one of the coolest and most under-appreciated cities in the tri-state area. In addition to having fantastic bands playing, there's a strong sense of community and mutual respect among the attendees and organizers. It's great to see how far Northern Isolation has come in such a short period of time."
-Drew Ailes, Minneapolis
"To see the local and regional community come out in full force was inspiring. To see what our community was capable of - in addition to the representation of other parts of North America - made this festival a communal experience different from the rest."
-Quentin Stille, Duluth
"I've been to plenty of shows with much larger budgets, fancier lights, more people, what have you, but they pale in comparison to the incredible atmosphere at NI. It will go down as one of my favorite musical memories, here's to hoping for next year!"
-Isaac Duncan, Duluth
"Thank you to Dean and The Carter for throwing this fest! My band and I had such a great experience playing. Especially with some other amazing acts, such as Lumpy and the Dumpers and Attaxxia. Overall, I had a great time and would love to see NI III happen!"
-Danny Ludwig, Duluth
"Thank you so much for putting this on and for pushing experimental music here in the Twin Ports."
-Jamie Larson, Duluth