Emo ain't dead, and it ain't even really that sad. In fact, it might be thriving, at least in Los Angeles where beloved monthly Emo Nite recently celebrated three years of happy tears and "XD rawr" text messages with a full-day Emo Nite Day mini festival at LA's Shrine Expo Hall and Grounds.
The official lineup boasted a special acoustic performance by The Used, Machine Gun Kelly, Tigers Jaw, Craig Owens and more, as well as DJ sets by members of From First To Last, Vic Fuentes, William Becket of The Academy Is and others. Yet the stage erupted with more unannounced performances from Demi Lovato, The Chainsmokers, Lil' Aaron, Finch, Frank Zummo of Sum 41, among others.
Lovato reportedly performed a special "punk rock" version of her current hit "Sorry Not Sorry." From First To Last debuted a new song called "Surrender," featuring ordinal lead singer Sonny Moore, aka Skrillex. California hip-hopper Travis Mills performed a special tribute to recently deceased rapper Lil Peep, while The Chainsmokers joined Captain Cuts for a surprise drop of jams including "Closer."