Once every summer in New York City, a show bursts forth as the seemingly cosmic center of the universe. It’s that one-night bill uniting all your latest faves, an electric fusion of new artists destined to etch their magic into your heart forever.
This was the scene in Central Park on July 20th, where Lifeguard (Chicago), Water From Your Eyes (Brooklyn), Iceage (Denmark) and Horsegirl (Chicago, again) took to the humid SummerStage in what felt like an swirling night of stunning performance by some of the most exciting groups emerging.
It was one of those beautiful New York City days: the weather wasn’t yet too unbearable (something like a cool 65 degrees), every inch of grass in Manhattan was covered with picnic blankets, and Tompkins Square Park was flooding with fans of Philly hardcore outfit Soul Glo. Benefitting mutual aid group Friend of a Friend, the free show also featured local New York hardcore acts such as COMPA, T.A.Z and Person(a).
Tearing through a rapid fire set, Brooklyn-based COMPA ignited the crowd with their relentless energy and electrifying presence, followed immediately by T.A.Z, pouring fuel onto an already white-hot fire. With the energy of the crowd building to a palpable fever pitch, New York -based Person(a) ripped through their set with a hurried frenzy, jumping into the crowd and becoming one with the pulsating mass of fans.
Soul Glo wasted no time, frenetically tearing through a set list mostly featuring songs from their 2022 album Diaspora Problems.