Skateboarders don’t stagedive, they spin-kick and somersault into the crowd. “Let’s make security earn their wage,” orders manic TRASH TALK  frontman Lee Spielman, inciting an wave of flailing bodies onto the floor.
These Cali thrashcore upstarts are insane, even without the presence tonight of staple riff titan Garrett Stevenson. David Gagliardi picks up the riffs, blasting through one-minute microhook attacks while Lee spits raw verses from inside a circlepit before ending this dizzy trip hoisted in the air by a host of hardcore diehards who’ve ambushed the stage during his last breath of Birth Plague Die. It’s raucous but the message of Togetherfest, curated by hardcore mogul Walter Schreifels, is about unity and respect. Posturing is a no-no and AMERICAN NIGHTMARE’s  well-trodden hardcore stance is defined by indelible resolve, precision and groove, which earns them heaps of reverence. YOUTH OF TODAY  keep this spirit alive. The straightedge NY crew look like hooligan bruisers but Ray Cappo is solid gold. “Before you love, you need to learn to self-love,” he beams, his affirmations sending ripples of positivity through the Ballroom as they join in unison to Break Down The Walls. It’s a bit rough around the edges but the sentiment is more important than polished product and tonight Youth Of Today are the pinnacle of camaraderie.