Live Concert Photography: New Colossus Festival and 18th Ward Present Summer Shows at 18th Ward Brewing 5/23/21 feat. Jelly Kelly, Clone, Yours Are The Only Ears, Betrayer, and Climates
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 Lola Live’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.
Because of COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions and lockdowns, New Colossus wasn’t able to occur; but over the past few weeks the folks behind New Colossus Festival and Bushwick-based brewery 18th Ward Brewing have hosted a live, outdoor concert series featuring local acts in a COVID-19 safe fashion. Last week’s Sunday Show featured an eclectic array of local acts that included Jelly Kelly, Clone, Yours Are The Only Ears, Betrayer, and Climates. Live music is slowly inching back y’all — and I couldn’t be happier. Photos below.
Yours Are The Only Ears