This year’s Midnight Mass was twice as big as last year, boasting a two stage setup and a sold-out ticket status before doors opened.
Holy Moses! The Astro Lizard and Freak Style crew did it again. Held at The Packard in Long Beach, Midnight Mass 2—a day long, DIY punk rager for the masses—was a true highlight to end 2016 with. We thought last year’s edition was bonkers, but this brought a whole new meaning to the term. Between the indoor/outdoor stages, we laughed and cried with friends old and new, caught DJ sets from Cool Tite and Jim Smith, witnessed the insanely high-pitched shrieks of adoring fans (looking at you Buttertones), and watched the crowd surfer’s paradise as we took in cheap booze and affordable eats.
One of things that really made MM2 successful—whether you realized it or not—was the amount of effort put in to make it a safe space. In light of the tragic accident in Oakland that engulfed Ghost Ship, taking with it 36 lives, the City of Long Beach and MM2 promoters worked closely together to ensure permits were in order, fire exits were clearly defined (notice the black-yellow tape on the floor throughout), and even had the fire marshall on deck to make sure everything was up to code. Despite some hiccups with security during The Spits (you can’t win ‘em all), everything else seemed to be in order. We applaud the Midnight Mass crew for all their hard work behind the scenes and sincere dedication to taking care of everyone.
A DIY event with nearly 800 attendees throughout the day is no easy feat, especially in today’s current landscape. Given that this year hosted The Spits (who hadn’t played Long Beach after ten years), The Garden twins, and a ton of our favorite punk bands, let’s just say that we’re already looking forward to MM3.
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