Co-founded by three New York music industry vets and longtime friends, Lorimer Beacon‘s founder and head Mike Bell, Kanine Records‘ founder and label head Lio Kanine and Kepler Events and Berlin Under A‘s Steven Matrick, The New Colossus Festival over the course of the past couple of years have featured a couple hundred handpicked, emerging indie bands and artists from the US, Canada, the UK, the European Union, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. By design, the festival normally takes place just before SXSW: the festival’s co-founders view the festival as a pre-SXSW stopover that will give its emerging acts an opportunity to organically gain exposure – while filling a critical void in the festival circuit.
Throughout the Spring, Summer and very early Fall, the trio behind New Colossus festival and the folks at 18th Ward Brewing have hosted a live, outdoor concert series featuring local and regional acts at the brewery’s Bushwick location. The series ended in late September — and the last showcase of the year featured Babehoven, who brought their adorable dog, the real star of the show; Philadelphia shoegazers Cigarettes for Breakfast, who returned with a full electric band; Extra Special the solo project of Belle Mare’s and Grim Streaker‘s Amelia Bushell; Onesie; and Ilithios. Photos below.
Cigarettes for Breakfast