If someone had said at the beginning of the year that the Observatory would throw the best festival of the year in its own parking lot, we would’ve known that 2017 was going to be a strange year. When We Were Young was a surprisingly flawless weekend full of generations of emo music. Even aside from the expectedly great show from Morrissey, the stacked lineup of everyone from Joyce Manor to AFI to the Get Up Kids delivered with performances both current and nostalgic. Perhaps it was because tickets didn’t sell out—or maybe organizers simply learned a lesson from previous festivals—but When We Were Young was easily the best, most comfortable Observatory festival of any genre. Same time next year?
Readers’ Choice: Like Totally 80s Festival