A couple of thousand music lovers braved the torrential downpour on Friday night and trekked out to Queens’ Knockdown Center for “Hardcore Activity In Progress”. An eclectic variety of contemporary cutting edge artists, brought together under the Red Bull Music Academy umbrella. Due to three simultaneously operated stages, a few hard decisions needed to be made. We missed Sweden’s experimental jazz trio The Thing as well as Wolf Eyes‘ trip metal, and we only caught pianist Lubomyr Melnyk from afar. Napalm Death, Gnaw, Clipping, Skullflower and Bastard Noise however had our full attention as one can easily tell from the selection of time capsules below. When Tim Hecker closed out the main stage at around 1:30 am engulfed in complete ambient darkness, we decided to call it a night. Red Bull Music Academy’s month long conference continues throughout May. Check out the detailed schedule.
Clipping at Knockdown Center
Napalm Death at Knockdown Center
Gnaw at Knockdown Center
Skullflower at Knockdown Center