Racket, The Bowery Presents' new venue in the Manhattan space that previously housed Highline Ballroom, held its first night of shows on Saturday (1/7) with Real Estate and Cut Worms. Real Estate included four new songs in their set, which they began by paying tribute to the late Hamish Kilgour with a cover of The Clean's "Anything Could Happen." See pictures of both sets and the updated Racket space by Ryan Muir below, along with Real Estate's setlist and attendee-taken video from the show.

Bowery Presents co-founder John Moore spoke to Gothamist about the space ahead of Saturday's opening, saying that Racket would still feel a lot like Highline Ballroom. "We've always liked the room," he told Gothamist. "Great sound and great sightlines are what's most important to us at Bowery. And the bones of Highline have always been really good. But we also wanted it to have a new identity." To that effect, the backstage areas got an upgrade, as did the venue's sound and HVAC system, and they removed the tables, couches, and lounge areas where Highline used to serve food.

Coming up at Racket are shows with Slaughter Beach, Dog and Whitmer Thomas, TR/ST, THICK and Control Top, Algiers, Model/Actriz, and more. See their full calendar here.

SETLIST: REAL ESTATE @ RACKET, 1/7/2023 (via)
Anything Could Happen (The Clean cover)
Saturday
Primitive
Talking Backwards
Freeze Brain
Green Aisles
You
Municipality
Water Underground
Paper Cup
It's Real
Flowers
Darling
White Light
Interior
All the Same

Encore:
Friday
Had to Hear

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