Neon Gold X Recap: The 5 Best Performances
Neon Gold, the New York City-based boutique pop record label known best for launching the careers of some of today's stars including Charli XCX, Broods, Marina, Icona Pop, The Knocks and more, celebrated its 10th anniversary by throwing a massive party this past weekend.
The record label, founded by Derek Davies and Lizzy Plapinger back in 2008, stuck to its DIY roots and hosted Neon Gold X on Saturday at The Knockdown Center for the momentous occasion. Decked out in golden balloons, candy-colored streamers and, of course, neon lights, the former factory-turned-concert venue came alive and saw a fun-filled night of performances from a select few of their signees.
Of the many artists that took to the stage to celebrate the milestone, here are some of Billboard's favorites from the night.
Devoted as ever, Marina's fanbase of diamonds camped out at the barricade as early as 4 p.m. for her 9 p.m. set. After taking a three-year hiatus, the indie songstress made her long-awaited return to the stage for the first time in the U.S. since her Neon Nature tour back in 2015. Flanked by two dancing backup singers -- a first for the singer in a live set -- she performed iconic fan favorites that included "Primadonna," "How to Be a Heartbreaker," "Blue" and "Froot." The pop star surprised fans by bringing Broods frontwoman Georgia Nott onto the stage for a brand-new collaborative track titled "Emotional Machine" before launching into her other famous tracks that kept fans dancing throughout the rest of her set.
Recent Neon Gold signees Broods hit the stage for an electrifying set, playing a medley of songs spanning their two albums. Starting off with a few older tracks like "Couldn't Believe," "Free" and their 2014 breakthrough hit "Bridges," the brother-and-sister duo debuted a new punk-influenced, guitar-driven track and two new songs from their upcoming third album before concluding the set with their newest release "Peach."
St. Lucia took the stage earlier in the day to perform songs from his third album, Hyperion, released on Sept. 21. Frontman Jean-Philip Grobler was joined by four backing members -- Ross Clark, Nick Paul, Dustin Kaufman and his wife, Patti Beranek -- to perform an acoustic set so charismatic and energy-packed that it felt anything but unplugged. A definitive highlight of the performance consisted of Paul, their keyboardist, who abandoned the keys for a head-to-head face-off on the drums with drummer Kaufman.
LPX, Lizzy Plapinger's solo project, took the Gold stage at the event. Plapinger's power-packed set was filled with songs of her own as well as from her duo with Max Hershenow, MS MR. Plapinger was sure to take a few moments of appreciation as she thanked her friends for coming to the event to perform with her and supporting her DIY label from its inception.
Fresh off the release of their newest album, New York Narcotic, released on Friday, the electronic duo closed out the night's performances with a danceable set filled with neon lights, balloons bouncing around the crowd that Ben "B-Roc" Ruttner and James "Mr. JPatt" Patterson continuously encouraged to let loose and dance. Mr. JPatt and B-Roc kept the bops coming, with the duo seamlessly moving into song after song. Mr. JPatt at one point hopped into the pit, dancing the night away with the fans.