The New Colossus Festival hit the Lower East Side recently for their annual showcase and festival of up and coming bands from all over the world, many of whom make the stop in NYC on their way to the much more heralded SXSW in Austin, TX. Taking place at Pianos, Arlene’s Grocery, Mercury Lounge, Berlin, Heaven Can Wait, and Bowery Electric, festivities kicked off on Wednesday 3/8 and continued on through Monday 3/13 with a closing event at Bowery Ballroom with Brooklyn’s own A Place To Bury Strangers.
In years past, I have always managed to make it to a show here or there, but this year I made an effort to clear my schedule and decided to do the full fest and check out as much as humanly possible. What that ended up entailing was a total of 47 sets over the course of five days. Of those 47, I ended up seeing one band three times (Plattenbau) and five others twice (Noah & The Loners, Ghum, Adwaith, J3alous, and The Pleasure Majenta). In total, I got to see bands from Calgary, Wales, Texas, Toronto, Berlin, Manchester, Sheffield, San Francisco, London, Copenhagen, Modena (Italy), New Jersey, Vancouver (BC), Athens, Ridgewood, Brooklyn, Dublin, Singapore, Hamilton (Ontario), Birmingham (UK), Vermont, Belfast, and Oslo. Needless to say, come Sunday evening, my legs were shot, my back was aching and my head was swimming in a pool of magical musical memories. What a whirlwind experience for sure. What follows is a day by day breakdown of my time at the fest.
Day One – Wednesday, March 8th
After doing some listening to as many of the bands prior to the festival as possible, I had a rough idea of what I wanted to see, schedules permitting and most importantly, sets starting and ending on time. I started off my festivities with Brooklyn’s very own Punchlove who were the opening act on Kanine Records’s 20th anniversary showcase at Mercury Lounge. With the half hour the band had to perform, the group offered up an enjoyably rousing set of shoegaze noise much to the enjoyment of the crowd which grew steadily as the set went along. Following their set, I walked around the block to Arlene’s Grocery to catch Athens, GA’s duo Monsoon. With guitarist/vocalist Siena Chandler’s effervescent stage presence, the duo provided the crowd at Arlene’s an energetic and passionate set of indie rock.
From Arlene’s, I headed on over to Berlin for back to back sets from Copenhagen’s Gäy and Boontown, NJ’s High. Before I go any further, I need to say that one of the greatest things about New Colossus is that all of the shows are within easy walking distance of one another making it quite easy to jump from one venue to another (provided that the sets were all on time as scheduled, to which they pretty much were all weekend long). Anyway, the set I got to check out from Gäy was my first true surprise of the evening and festival in general. Playing a brand of rock and roll which brought to mind the “pub rock” of mid 70’s UK, lead singer and guitarist Asger Overgaard and the rest of the band put on a fun filled raucous set (it seems like the band might have brought along its own little entourage of friends and fellow partiers for the show) which made me yearn for seeing them in some neighborhood pub back in their native Denmark. Following up was the shoegaze band out of New Jersey, High. Admittedly the segue to a sludgy shoegaze band after the rocking of Gäy was a bit awkward at first but High managed to pull it off without a hitch.
Once High had completed their heavy set, I was off to Piano’s Showroom for the synth pop group out of Oslo, Yndling. Now granted, synth pop isn’t exactly my thing, but front person and Yndling mastermind Silje presented the crowd to a groovy set of pleasant jams. Brooklyn’s very own Picture Show was next up at Pianos and they proceeded to treat the adoring audience to quite a wild and wacky set of live tunes as well as pre-recorded beats. FInishing off the evening, I planned to spend the rest of the night firmly planted front of stage at Berlin for a pair of local bands, Two-Man Giant Squid from Brooklyn and Asbury Park’s Teenage Halloween. Despite the silly name, Two-Man Giant Squid put on a seriously outrageous set which completely won over the legion of fans there to dance and scream along with them. Closing my night out was everyone’s favorite pop punk band from the Jersey Shore, Teenage Halloween. Their split 7” with Homeless Gospel Choir was a favorite release of mine from 2022 so I was quite stoked to be catching them live after having missed them too many times in the recent past. Luk Henderiks and crew did not disappoint as the band put on a scorching hot show with a handful of new unreleased songs along with the “hits” from the 7” as well as their two previously released full lengths.
TWO-MAN GIANT SQUID
Day Two – Thursday, March 9th
Going into day two on Thursday, I wasn’t 100% sure what I would be getting myself into. Of the five days scheduled, truth be told I knew the least about the bands I’d be catching on day two. As it turned out, it would turn out to be an epic night of newfound music. I got to Berlin in time for the opening set of the Dedstrange Records party which would be taking over the space that evening. For those who aren’t aware, Dedstrange is the new label operated by A Place To Bury Strangers’ and Death By Audio’s Oliver Ackerman who himself would be a fixture in the crowd throughout the upcoming days.
Opening the evening up was Kamikaze Nurse from Vancouver, BC. Coming at the crowd head-on with the band’s mix of noise/post-punk/shoegaze, I made an immediate mental note to try to catch another one of their sets later in the weekend. (Unfortunately, this would not come to fruition for me.) After Kamikaze’s set was over, I headed “uptown” to Heaven Can Wait to catch a couple of sets there. I got there in time to catch most of boy wonder, a one man band from Toronto consisting of Ryan (who, in case you were wondering, is not Drake’s producer). Anyhow, his set was fun in a novelty kind of way. Next up was Shred Flintstone from across the Hudson in Jersey City. I didn’t know much about this band and with that name, I wondered if I might be getting another novelty act. I guessed wrong, as Shred, the nom du plum of guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Dan Barrecchia proved to be a very proficient punk garage band that filled the room with loud hooky tunes. Finishing up my stay over at Heaven Can Wait was the main reason I was in the building to begin with, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Wynona Bleach. Fronted by lead singer Melyssa Shannon, Wynona bills themselves as alternative crunchy popgaze and this certainly works as a pretty good description of what this band delivers.
The next band that I planned on seeing wasn’t scheduled to go on until 11 back at Berlin so there was no need to rush to get there. Arriving at Berlin shortly before 10, I was shocked to find the club absolutely packed and I mean shoulder to shoulder, can’t move an inch JAMMED. On stage was a band I wasn’t familiar with but even though I couldn’t see the stage or the performers, it was obvious they had the crowd in quite a frenzy. Anyhow, I pushed and squeezed myself toward the standing area to the left of the stage and giving my phone a quick glance, I saw that the band on stage was one called Plattenbau from Berlin. I ultimately got a bit closer to the stage in order to witness what was going on up there and it was pretty close to sheer crazed bedlam. Their lead singer, Lewis Lloyd, was all over the tiny stage, climbing on top of amps, jumping into the crowd, writhing and dancing like a manic contortionist. In any event, Plattenbau’s performance had just shattered the ceiling for best set thus far. The music itself—a dark, synth heavy, kraut rock post punk noise explosion—was a combination of disturbing rage and ecstatic glee. I knew immediately that if they were playing again, I would have to adjust my plans to see them again.
I felt bad for whatever band had to come on stage following that spectacle, but little did I know that next up was another band from Berlin and another Dedstrange recording artist Jealous (or J3alous, depending on where you’re looking). Jealous is led by vocalist/guitarist Paz Bonafil and bassist/vocalist, Dane Joe. Well let me just say that if Plattenbau had left any doors still on their hinges after their set, Jealous hit the stage and proceeded to blow those doors right out of there. They were absolute fire and a little bit of brimstone to boot. Their set was loud, abrasive, raucous, sexy, and generally out of control. Exactly how rock and roll should be. I now had a second band that I needed to make room to see once again that weekend.
Which brings me to my final band of night two, THUS LOVE. One doesn’t usually think of shoegaze when they think of Vermont, but THUS LOVE does and they do it quite well as a matter of fact. Admittedly, through no fault of their own their set suffered in the energy department following the chaotic sets from Plattenbau and Jealous, with their brand of sludgy drony guitar heavy shoegaze, but that’s who they are and they are quite honestly great at it. And just like that day two (for me at least) was in the books. With Friday’s shows starting at noon, there wouldn’t be a whole lot of sleep on the horizon so fingers were definitely crossed that the BQE would be smooth sailing back to Staten Island.
Day Three, part one – Friday Afternoon, March 10th
Coming into day three, I knew I was in for a long one. My day would start with London’s Noah and The Loners at Berlin at noon and end at Mercury Lounge sometime around midnight with fellow London band, Ghum. In between the plan was for 13 bands at four separate venues. What exactly was I getting myself into?
Noah and The Loners just might have been the youngest of the bands which I got to see during the course of New Colossus, with all four band members clocking in at age 18 (or less). For their set at Berlin, it took the band a couple of tunes to work out the butterflies, but once they eased into their comfort zone, the band ROCKED! Make no mistake, if you’re a fan of loud, snotty Brit punk rock in the vein of fill in the bank with virtually any UK band from 1977/78, then you will love Noah and The Loners. They bill themselves as the punk sound of Gen Z and hands down these kids, Noah Lonergan (vox & guitar), Amber Welsh (bass & vox), Joe Boyle (guitar) and Noah Riley (drums) rock hard and loud with fun filled punk rock that also packs some powerful messages addressing topics that mean everything to the teens not only of the UK but worldwide. Topics like teen love, toxic masculinity, transphobia, racism, political corruption, and climate change were all addressed and shouted down within the Loner’s set. These kids are a band to which attention should be paid.
Following Noah would be Lauren Lakis, a dream pop outfit out of Austin, TX and Los Angeles. Lauren and her band offered up a nice nine song set which was highlighted by a screeching and soaring version of their just released single, “Take My Hand.” After their set, I quickly rushed over to Pianos to catch Bonnie Trash’s dark and brooding set in the Showroom. I would then catch electronica pop collective, Dirty Freud upstairs at Pianos who offered up an interesting and eclectic set. Then it was back downstairs to the showroom for Toronto psych rock band, Kali Horse, and after that was a quick jaunt back to Berlin for what would be three straight bands.
The first act, Singaporean pop band, Sobs, who put on a good set of sugary pop music. Next up would be one of my more anticipated bands of the weekend, Adwaith, from the town of Camarthen, Wales. Prior to listening to these women, I had never realized that the fine people of Wales had their own language, Welsh, which is completely different from the English which I always thought was their native tongue; you learn something new everyday! [Ed. Note: Welsh is a Celtic language spoken throughout Wales. Stay tuned for our upcoming interview with Adwaith.] The band, consisting of Gwenllian Anthony (bass/vocals), Hollie Singer (vocals/guitar) and Heledd Owen (drums), play a bouncy very danceable fun version of post-punk and all of their lyrics are sung in Welsh.
Their set at Berlin consisted of nine songs most of which were from their stellar 2022 release on Libertino Records, Bato Mato. Seeing the three members of Adwaith have an absolute blast on the tiny Berlin stage in the middle of the afternoon on a dreary mid March New York afternoon was certainly a sight to behold and no sooner was their fantastic set completed, then I was already looking forward to catching their second set of the festival the next afternoon. Dublin band, Silverbacks, had the unenviable task of having to follow Adwaith and they killed it with their eight song set of post punk anthems. With the polyrhythms of The Talking Heads crossed with the guitar dialogs of Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd from Television, Silverbacks totally won me over.
To close out the afternoon portion on Friday, I headed back to Pianos Showroom for two more bands before I would grab some dinner. The first of two was UK rock and roller The Silver Lines. Formed a couple of years ago by the Ravenscroft brothers, Dan and Joe, these dudes know how to rock. They had the midday crowd at Pianos jumping all over the place throughout their super energetic set. And finishing the afternoon off was the art rock band from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Heaven For Real. With their bouncy infectious rhythms, they had the crowd swaying and grooving throughout their set and proved to be almost the perfect band to close out the afternoon. And just like that I was halfway through my Friday music marathon. But before things were to continue, I was going to enjoy a well deserved pastrami sandwich from world famous neighborhood deli, Katz’s.
NOAH AND THE LONERS
THE SILVER LINES
HEAVEN FOR REAL
Day Three, part two – Friday Night, March 10th
For Friday night, I would be spending the entire evening at The Mercury Lounge and first on the agenda was Brooklyn band, Slow Fiction. With a healthy crowd of friends and fans, lead singer Julia Vasallo and the rest of the band opened things up with an as yet unreleased song, “Monday,” followed by the lead track off of their recently released self titled EP. The band would ultimately play the entire EP to a crowd which was clearly well versed with the material (despite it only being less than a month old) as they sang and shimmied right along with the band word for word.
Coming on after Slow Fiction was another Brooklyn band, O.Wake. Again, the home court advantage for these locals served them very well as the crowd was quite familiar with the material and were by no means bashful about expressing this familiarity. In other words, O.Wake played their asses off with their funky, almost disco beat indie rock and the crowd ate it right up. Yet another local band, Namesake was to follow, this time from Ridgewood rather than Brooklyn. I was familiar with lead singer Patrick Phillips via his old band, Honduras, but didn’t know all that much about this new vehicle of his. Expecting more of the dark and sometimes abrasive post punk sound of that former band, I was quite surprised when Namesake presented material which was much brighter, peppier and downright up beat.
While their set ended up still displaying the post punk underbelly of their former selves, it is now presented in a bit more of a jangly fashion which worked great as far as my ears were concerned. Merely going off of the numerous band t-shirts being worn throughout the crowd, it was quite evident that most of the people at Mercury were in attendance to see the next band, from Austin, Blushing. Having played at last year’s New Colossus Festival, the band were old favorites and had the crowd on their side right from the get go. With set opener, “Surround (With Love),” off of their most recent LP, 2022’s Possessions, lead singer Christina Carmona started off with a quiet whisper like vocal atop her meandering bass line before Jake Soto jumped in with his pounding drum beat and from that moment on the band just kicked into a gear that just kept getting higher and higher. Blushing’s set was easily one of the most polished, fun and energetic sets of the weekend.
Closing my evening out was, Ghum, a band which I has been eagerly awaiting for some time. Quite honestly, if I had been able to go to only one show during this festival, it would have been to see London post punk band, Ghum. Since hearing their 2022 release, Bitter, I’ve been fixated on this band and who have a sound that is reminiscent of Savages. They opened their set with “Rivers,” the final cut from Bitter with its never ending guitar riff and pounding tom tom drum beat as backdrop for Laura Guerrero’s spoken word recitation of the words, “How can you be so evil, AND WHY!?” over and over. And so, hook line and sinker, I was had. The set would continue with a scratching version of “Get Up” from 2019’s EP The Coldest Fire, and they would play a healthy dose of songs from Bitter with a couple of deeper cuts added in for good measure. All in all, Ghum’s set was everything that I could have hoped for. And the good news was I was going to get an opportunity to check them out again on Saturday afternoon!
Day Four – Saturday, March 11
Saturday afternoon was packed full and this string of sets promised to be an absolute pleasure being as most of the bands I planned to see on Saturday were repeats of previous days. I also got to sleep in a little later on Saturday being as the first set I intended to hit wasn’t until 1:45pm at Pianos Showroom. And as luck would have it, ALL of the bands I wanted to check out that afternoon were playing in the showroom at Pianos, so I pretty much set up camp when I arrived and settled in for what I expected to be a wonderful afternoon of glorious rock and roll.
Noah and the Loners started things off for me and whereas their set at Berlin the previous day showed the band to be (understandably so) a bit nervous, their set on Saturday was anything but. All four band members seemed to be relaxed and eager to enjoy the moment presented to them. Working off a setlist very similar to Friday’s, the band, to use a term which is very often overused, KILLED it. Starting with the crashing chords of “Just Kids,” an as yet unreleased track, they would then blow through another four or five unreleased songs before doing a blistering cover of The Sex Pistols’ “God Save The Queen” with a little bit of a change since, as Noah Lonergan bluntly stated, “but she’s dead now so now it’s God Save The King!”
At one point Lonergan asked from stage for suggestions as to what the band should do on their last day in New York City. Comically, Lawrence Fergus Goodwin from the band The Pleasure Majenta (more on them later) would yell out from the crowd “GO DRINKING!” Noah’s apologetic response was “unfortunately we’re not old enough to drink, I’m only 18.” To which, as if on cue, Noah’s mum who was in the crowd basking in her kid’s glory yelled out, “anyone know where they allow underage drinking in New York?” The band went on to close out their set with their two singles, “Teenage Tragedy” and “Protest Anger,” and just like that, four punk kids from London triumphantly—at least for one 48 hour period—took New York by storm.
The Pleasure Majenta were next up and while I’d been running into the various members of the band almost all weekend at other shows, I had yet to actually see them perform. They are another Berlin (by way of New Zealand) band signed to Dedstrange, and like the other bands that I’d already heard from the label this weekend, The PM fit in perfectly with the loud, abrasive and shambolic formula that Oliver Ackerman seems to be striving for with his new label. This trio of goth punks led by singer/guitarist Lawrence Fergus Goodwin put on a stellar set of noise infused punk which had the crowd of fans in a frenzy.
Following The Pleasure Majenta were their pals from Plattenbau, who as I previously mentioned, put on an incredible performance on Thursday night at Berlin. Well, performing in the middle of the afternoon did not present any kind of detriment to the band as the quartet slammed their way through their set with the ferocious energy of a band possessed. Jumping, writhing and shimmying all over the stage as well as in the crowd itself, lead singer Lewis Lloyd was absolutely mesmerizing as his bandmates provided a heavy bass and drum backbeat accentuated by pulsing synths to the utter delight of all who were there.
Adwaith took the challenge of following these three previous acts and raised the bar even further. Blazing through their set, they proved they could rock with the best of them. Guitarist and lead singer Hollie Singer and bassist/vocalist Gwenllian Anthony have been lifelong friends since they were mere toddlers and it is quite apparent as such watching them interact with one another on stage. Meanwhile drummer Heledd Owen, who has been with the band since its inception back in 2015, provides the backbone as well as the back beat which seems to keep the threesome in step. With a setlist of tunes quite similar to the one they played the previous evening at Mercury, they displayed an assured confidence that certainly propelled them into the hearts of the swinging and swaying crowd.
Next up was another of the Dedstrange artists which had wowed myself and many other audience members previously in the festival, Jealous. Donning a red latex nurses outfit, singer/guitarist Paz Bonfil and her onstage partner in crime, bassist Dane Joe, picked right up where they left off on Thursday night. With a set that was rowdy, raucous and rebellious, they once again had the crowd eating right from their hands. These women sure do know how to put on a show!
And to close out my Saturday was none other than Ghum. Coming off of their remarkable show the previous night, The band upped the anti by not only playing all of the songs from their Mercury setlist but on top of that they added off their most recent album, Bitter, two extra songs in “Echo” and “Some People.” While “Echo,” with its moody bass creates a bleak soundscape transfixed in the foreboding feeling of fear and regret, “Some People” features a pounding drum intro segueing into Jojo Khor’s reverb drenched guitar fills all while Marina MJ screeches out the words alternating between English and Spanish. Here we have even more fear and foreboding but in this case a much more aggressive and forceful version of the same.
And just like that, my Saturday of black lit punk and post punk, rock and sometimes roll, came to an end. Five out of the six bands were repeats and each and every one had taken the mantle from their previous sets and raised it to the next level.
NOAH AND THE LONERS
THE PLEASURE MAJENTA
Day Five – Sunday, March 12th
My fifth and final day of the festival promised to be a hectic one as I planned on bouncing back and forth between Pianos (both the showroom as well as upstairs) and Arlene’s Grocery. Unfortunately, Sunday was the first day where I experienced scheduling issues. Understandably, the venue staffs and the band members themselves had at that point been going hard for the last four days straight. Many of these folks who put the thankless time and effort in for all of our listening pleasures were working on little to no sleep at all. As such, it’s not too surprising that things in certain cases might get off kilter and lose track of the schedule. Honestly when coordinating hundreds of set times in close to a dozen different venues, I was shocked these glitches hadn’t occurred sooner. All of that being said, the festival and venue staffs were amazing all weekend long and should get at least one huge shout out of thanks for making New Colossus 2023 possible!
But I digress. After having coincidentally run into an out of town friend outside of Katz’s, I arrived at Pianos Showroom just as His His was taking the stage. Not surprising being it was a Sunday noon set time, the room unfortunately was not very full but that didn’t stop the self described “lo-fi folk” band from Toronto from putting on a very entertaining set. I personally was thrilled to see for the first time all weekend, a lap slide guitar, not to mention a sax player as well. If one were familiar with the numerous singles which His His mastermind Aidan Belo has released on his bandcamp page, the moniker of “Lo-Fi Folk ” is quite apropos. However, with a five person band backing him up at Pianos, Belo’s songs came to life unlike anything in his recorded efforts. The set was full, robust and was quite a nice way to start off my Sunday afternoon (that still felt very much like morning considering daylight savings kicking in overnight).
Running quickly upstairs to catch Gossamer Blue’s set, I soon discovered that there was no rush due to some technical issues which were being worked out. After what turned into roughly a half hour delay, the band finally took the stage and offered up a competent and determined set of gloomy shoegaze sonic blasts. With things running behind at Pianos, I elected to see if I could catch Data Animal, another band in the Dedstrange stable of artists, over at Arlene’s Grocery. It is the project of Mitchell James O’Sullivan shredding on guitar backed by pre programmed loops of noise and the set was disturbingly dark, brooding, apocalyptic and absolutely astounding.
Back to Pianos, this time upstairs, I was able to catch most of Oh Imanuela’s set. Coming from the Mordor-like depths of Data Animal’s set at Arlene’s, walking into the sunshine laden upstairs room at Pianos was, if nothing else, eye opening. Add to this the visual metamorphosis, the startling contrast between the former band’s gloom and doom motif with vocalist Imanuela Oh’s bright and effervescent musical style, and you can say that Oh Imanueala’s set was a breath of fresh and revitalizing air.
Then it was another quick jump over to Arlene’s for Brooklyn based jangly shoegaze group Diary. With a set that leaned much closer in the direction of dreamy power pop than that of shoegaze, Diary treated the packed crowd to a nice mix of tunes mostly from their recent Kanine Records EP release, The Cutting Garden.
With the festival slowly but surely winding down, I still had a couple of bands to see and the next on my queue was a group out of Toronto, Keegan Powell. Named after lead singer Keegan Powell, with its two guitar attack, the group reminded me a great deal of their fellow Canadian forbearer Neil Young and his backing band Crazy Horse. Following their thundering set, I was able to rush downstairs to the showroom to catch most of Ten Minute Detour’s set. Hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, they offered up a set of country tinged rock which I’m sure would fit in perfectly at any of the clubs and bars on Broadway in Nashville. For this particular festival, with its heavy emphasis on the darker side of punk, they just seemed a trifle miscast. That’s not to say however, that they weren’t good. They were, but just a little out of place.
My second to last set of the festival was in the upstairs room at Pianos with Italian indie pop combo Her Skin. With a beautiful voice that filled the room with a feeling of warmth, lead singer, Sara and her three bandmates succeeded in transforming Her Skin’s music from the basic bedroom pop of her LPs to a much more lush and significantly less melancholy and sad sound.
Quite appropriately, I would finish off my five days of New Colossus with the band which I saw the most and easily enjoyed the most as well, Plattenbau. This crew of Berliners (although the quartet actually includes a Swede as well as an American in addition to two actual Berliners) succeeded every time I saw them in transforming the room into a high energy, jump up and down P.A.R.T.Y. They do not play a style of music that I naturally tend to gravitate to, but they still managed to make a believer out of me with their take no prisoners performance style. Needless to say, their set at Pianos Showroom on Sunday afternoon was not any less exhilarating than the two previous sets I had seen from them. Having started out as a three piece back in 2011, Plattenbau’s addition of Sally Brown on bass freed Lewis LLoyd up from bass duties and allows him to run free and rampage all over the stage and wherever his whims take him. Sunday’s set ws filled with the same let’s rock the shit out of this place that I’d previously experienced which begets the question, “Is this how it always is with this band?” I wouldn’t at all be surprised if the answer to that question was a resounding “Hell YEAH!”
TEN MINUTE DETOUR
And so, my time with New Colossus was over. 47 sets and five days later, my body ached and my head felt like mush but holy shit, was it fun! I make no bones about the fact that this was a quintessential experience of the festival. With as many venues and acts participating, it is humanly impossible for one person to cover it all. Truth be told, as good as these five days were for me, there was a LOT that I wish I had managed to get in which I just couldn’t pull off. When organizing my itinerary before the festival started, I made a tough decision that I would forgo many of the local artists in favor of the out of town acts, with the idea that the locals are just that, local. So I will always have an opportunity to catch them again (I hope). Nonetheless, I sure wish I’d been able to catch bands like Pons, Colatura, Beverly, Bummer Camp, and Jeanines to name just a few, but I’m only human. I wish that I’d had the stamina to hang in there for some of the later sets at night, but again, human…and a rather old one at that. But when all is said and done, I must say that my five day experience at New Colossus 2023 was absolutely awesome and while I might tweak my game plan a little next time, I have no real regrets whatsoever.
And on that note, thank you to all who helped put this behemoth of a festival together, you did good. See you all next year!