Emo Nite took over Webster Hall with an event that invited your inner emo come out to play.
You wait in line for literally an hour. The guards check your ID. They check the innermost contents of your purse, including the inside of your box of cigarettes. Finally, you present your ticket one last time, you move through the doors and…nothing. You get a drink and wait. Fifteen minutes. A half hour. You get another drink. A full 60 minutes later, people are restless, leaning against the walls, kicking balloons, and sitting on the floor. Suddenly, the lights dim. The room quiets. Then, crashing through the silence come the opening notes of Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar We’re Going Down.” The crowd instantly loses its collective mind, screaming with all the angst of their inner adolescent: “Am I MORE than you bargained for yet?!…”
Emo Nite, an L.A.-based group of party-throwers, took over Webster Hall on Thursday May 4th with an event that invited your inner emo come out to play. The group, which consists of neither bands nor DJs, collaborates with various artists to create a unique throwback party. As well as performances from live bands, the event featured playlists of hit songs from the mid-2000’s emo music. The event took place in three rooms of Webster Hall: the Marlin Room on the main level featured a variety of DJs; the lower level Studio hosted life bands; yet the bulk of the action occurred in the Grand Ballroom, upstairs.
Machine Gun Kelly took the stage as DJ, playing every classic emo hit from My Chemical Romance to Sum 41 to Fall Out Boy to New Found Glory. The audience, whether dressed in all black or sporting Converse and flannel, was nonstop raging all night. This chorus of nostalgic millennials faithfully chanted along to every lyric of every song. The violently dancing crowd bounced around black balloons. Behind MGK’s electric performance played a loop of scenes from American Psycho–fitting, given the ecstatically depressing theme of the evening.
The party only got hotter when MGK invited his pal Halsey onstage to jam out with him. Soon, MGK extended the invitation to dance to the entire party, and the audience stormed the stage. Through the kaleidoscope of lights and fog, MGK and Halsey could be seen getting cozy while sharing the stage.
Other guest performers–either playing from their own personal Spotify playlists or performing life–included Craig Owens, Geoff Rickly, The Spill Canvas, Ben Jorgensen of Armor For Sleep, Will Pugh, Tyler Posey, Rob Hitt, Matt Good, Bradley Walden, Lizzy from MS MR, Captain Cuts, Ham On Everything, Oso Oso, pronoun, Exit, Juiceboxxx, and The Black Parade Marching Band. Clearly, this huge event showcased a variety of musical talent unlike anything else in New York. Emo Nite will be throwing their next party in Baltimore on May 12th as part of their US tour. And even if you can’t get tickets to the next event, remember: every nite is emo nite.