The LA punks throwing ‘Covid-safe’ backyard shows

Last summer saw a string of raucous outdoor gigs in Los Angeles. Many attendees wore masks and at some of the shows, there were temperature checks before entry – critics say they’re being reckless, but they claim they’re just keeping their scene alive.

“It was really dirty and the kids really showed up for that one. I think that was at the peak of Covid,” says Drew Kelley, a freelance photojournalist who went to the Riverside show to take 35mm photos. Drew was impressed by the effort, passion and Covid-safety that had gone into creating the event.