An abrupt Instagram announcement of the When We Were Young music festival sparked a social media frenzy. Despite skepticism, it’s one of the most hyped events of the upcoming season.

Smoke fills the air from cigarettes clenched between fingers adorned with chipped black nail polish as punks throw each other around a mosh pit.

They’re stepping on each other’s toes with feet clad in knee-high Converse, leather boots with rows of buckles or checkerboard slip-on Vans—just about anything, as long as it’s wild and black.

Wrists are graced with rubber bracelets with band names. Arms are covered in sleeves of tattoos. Some of the black T-shirts look at least 10 years old. Then there are the denim vests encrusted with iron-on patches...

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