Adam Whites assumed people were coming to New York's Alright to see bands from Tokyo, or Barcelona, maybe — but not Brooklyn.
Robert Menzer for The Village Voice Tokyo-based punk band Zyanose performs at New York's Alright in 2014
"The first year, when I would ask people who traveled from the U.K. or the West Coast or the Midwest which bands they wanted to see — 'An international band?' — they would go, 'No, I want to see Crazy Spirit or Hank Wood and the Hammerheads!' or they really wanted to see Anasazi," Whites says of the annual punk and hardcore festival. "People really wanted to come and see the New York bands."
Since 2013, Whites, now 27, has shone a light on the city's vibrant, current punk scene (one rule is no reunion bands) through New York's Alright. But after this third long weekend, which will take place April 16–19 at select Manhattan and Brooklyn venues, it's all over.More »