This week welcomes the first extreme festival of the season in New York’s Alright, a brass-knuckled blast of Record Store Day releases, and more batshit headlines than the front page of the Daily News, so strap on the gloves, grab your mouth guard, and, as always, get ready to rumble.
Over the past three years, New York’s Alright has served as sort of an antidote for the bland, big-box shitshows and corporate-backed music conferences that have come to define music festivals. More specifically, the punk and hardcore fest has been everything that the much-maligned CBGB festival should have aspired to be – real ass punk rock without any co-opted bullshit, played loudly by sweaty dudes in dingy spaces like ABC No Rio and The Acheron. And it’s almost time to do it again.
Advance tickets will be available online on Valentine’s Day (Saturday, February 14) for this year’s fest, which runs from Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19. You can also pick up tickets at Bushwick’s Heaven Street Records. You’ll want to do that; the 2015 edition of New York’s Alright is the best-curated one yet, boasting both the finest in Japanese hardcore and Australian noise. It even includes past “Over the Counter” luminaries, L.O.T.I.O.N. and Sadist, so you know its pretty dope right off the bat. But there’s one more reason to go. This is its last hurrah.
It is the last year of the fest, for sure. Why? I feel this is the biggest and best year, it’s the third year, don’t want to keep overwhelming all the locals who have to deal with the influx of tourists, etc. Also, I never wanted the fest to become some sort of institution like a lot of fests. I’ve actually made it smaller each year and I think it’s finally the right size. [IMPOSE]