It's hard to believe that it's been 10 years since NYC-based label Neon Gold first came onto the scene, boasting a roster that at one point housed the likes of The Naked and Famous, Passion Pit, Foxes, and more. Formed by MSMR front woman Lizzy Plapinger and close friend Derek Davies in 2008, Neon Gold Records quickly asserted itself as the tastemaker label - whether it be via discovering an artist or signing them. 10 years older and wiser, Neon Gold shows no sign of slowing down; to kick off this new chapter the label held the star-studded Neon Gold X celebration at The Knockdown Center in Queens, NY, that featured performances by artists of all sizes - from the newly signed Your Smith, to pop sensation Marina (formerly Marina & The Diamonds).
Fans quickly filled the transformed warehouse venue after doors were opened at 4pm - while some chose to stake out the main stage for the larger acts, those looking to experience someone new chose instead to first see Your Smith's performance on the smaller side stage. Your Smith's set of indie-rock twinged pop was the perfect start to the day, and her bubbly energy on stage was contagious. Fans danced around the stage as Your Smith, accompanied by an all-female band, played tracks from her recently released EP Bad Habit, including "The Spot" and "Debbie." The set might have been early in the day, but Your Smith made a lasting impression on the evening - showing those who saw that she has more than what it takes to make it big.
Following Your Smith was Pop act St. Lucia on the main stage - performing a stripped back set for the evening. The band, primarily consisting of Jean-Philip Grobler and Patricia Beranek, perfectly transformed their layed sound to a more stripped back setting without losing any of the danceable nature. Performing a mix of hits from their vast discography, St. Lucia worked the crowd into a frenzy by the time they played their mega-hit "Dancing on Glass" - and left them wanting more.
Returning to the side stage, the following two acts were all about giving fans an unforgettable experience. Alex Winston's set mixed smooth vocals with party-like energy that exemplified the Neon Gold spirit. While Winston impressed on the stage, she had no reservations about joining the crowd in front of her before finishing her set.
Then there was LPX - the solo project of Neon Gold co-founder herself Lizzy Plapinger. All about energy and a punk rock spirit, Lizzy quickly declared her set was dedicated to icons such as Shirley Manson of Garbage before quickly diving in. Dancing around the stage and getting in fans' faces, Lizzy's performance was all punk wrapped in a dynamic pop package. LPX, as an artist, delivers a grittier side of pop currently unseen, and is certainly one to take note of.
Returning to the mainstage, we had Broods really get the party started. Back with a new era, the brother-sister duo now of the Neon Gold Family performed a set sure to please fans new and old. Playing tracks "Bridges" and "Free" alongside their latest track "Peach," Broods were electrifying on stage with singer Georgia Nott commanding everyone's undivided attention through a magnetic performance that took over the night.
Even when label-mate Marina took the stage after them, her devoted fans showed the same intense passion when Nott joined Marina on stage to perform the new track "Emotional Machine," which Nott co-wrote. The combined force of Broods and Marina stole the show, and ultimately, fans' hearts.
After Marina's comeback performance in which she sang popular tracks such as "Blue" and "Primadonna," it was time to close out the show with two final acts.
On the side side stage Matt Maeson gave those who stuck around a heartfelt set based in his sheer talent as both a singer and guitarist. Maeson's impeccable songwriting and ability to touch a nerve with listeners was reflected by the intense crowd of fans shouting his lyrics and recording his set. Chances are, his set was the one they'd been waiting for all night.
Finally, closing the MainStage was The Knocks, whose album, New York Narcotic, had just come out the day before. Playing a melody of hits such as their collaboration with Sofi Tukker, "Best Friend" as well as tracks from the album, The Knocks turned the final hour of the event into an insane dance party and laser show for the ages. The Knocks certainly ended the show on a euphoric high note - making for the perfect end to the perfect night celebrating 10 years of great music.