“We told you it was cool!” – 98KUPD – The Real Rock of Arizona

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Before My Chemical Romance announced their reunion and before Machine Gun Kelly shifted to pop punk, two Los Angeles locals launched Emo Nite.

Created in 2014 by TJ Petracca and Morgan freed, Emo Nite started as a simple DJ set in a bar allowing two adult emo kids to play the music they liked, back when it wasn’t “cool”. Eight years later, Emo Nite has grown into a traveling event that also makes appearances at major festivals, including Coachella, while artists like MGK and Travis Barker, April Lavigne, yungblud and WILLOW bring the scene back into the mainstream.

Being in their emo bubble for so long, it wasn’t until recently that Petracca and Freed realized just how big their genre had grown.

“Like, maybe a few months ago, I was, like, ‘Holy shit, that’s something!'” Freed said. “It’s not just, like, us and our community anymore.”

Bringing Emo Nite to Coachella, Petracca believes, was also a big step forward.

“It’s just not traditionally a space where our gender was allowed,” he says. “It was for all cool indie bands, for all cool EDM bands, but never emo and pop punk.”

However, the resurgence of emo and pop punk didn’t really hit Petracca until the announcement of the When We Were Young festival, which set social media ablaze with its MCR-headlined lineup and Paramore.

“We tried, like, to make it cool and accepted and fun and respected,” Petracca says. “It feels good to be, like, ‘We told you guys! We told you it was cool!’”

Emo Nite is on tour all summer. He will hold his holiday event in New Orleans, headlining Bring me the horizonfrom September 29 to October 2.

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