Pageninetynine, Thou, Young Widows, Etc. Booked For ‘Dark Days Bright Nights’ Fest In Richmond, VA


A new music festival dubbed ‘Dark Days Bright Nights‘ will be held in Richmond, VA from September 13th to the 15th. The Broadberry will host the event, which is being put on by Persistent Vision Records and Yr Screaming Youth.

Persistent Vision owner Paul Hansbarger commented:

“Richmond has an incredibly vibrant and prolific scene for punk, hardcore, metal and other independent/alternative music. There’s no question about that. It’s more active than it’s ever been, not to mention having a more diverse, inclusive and younger scene. I’ve been going to shows here since 2000 and I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed such a wildly active and supportive scene. If anything, we are trying to add something to an already flourishing scene.

I feel like there has been an absence of a fest here in Richmond for a while, and we wanted a way to showcase many of the amazing bands from here, alongside a curated lineup of out-of-town bands. We wanted some of the DIY spirit of the house and basement shows that have been such a big part of our lives, but presented on a slightly bigger stage that could accommodate out-of-town visitors, and have an opportunity to share with them a bit of a Richmond experience.”

Mike Taylor, owner of Yr Screaming Youth (and a member of pageninetynine) commented:

“A big inspiration for me, putting on a fest located in Richmond, is that it has that old Richmond feel. An understated magic. The feeling of finding out about a show in the middle of the day that you had no idea about, showing up to it and being absolutely annihilated by some touring band you’ve never heard of, playing a basement somewhere like it was the last night on earth.

The city has a rich, storied past with so many bands who’ve influenced me so much in my life and I guess I want to give that back a little. My hope is that we can make a memory of a lifetime for some young kid at our fest.”

The complete lineup (in alphabetical order):

.GIF from God
Infant Island
Kowloon Walled City
Massa Nera
Northeast Regional
Portrayal of Guilt
Private Hell
Pygmy Lush
Quiet Fear
The Red Scare
Young Widows

Further artists are pending. Three-day passes are presently available through Individual day passes will be made available in June.

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