An annual music festival aimed at exposing new artists to Queens residents was held in Long Island City this weekend.

Eight groups performed in the fifth annual Queens New Music Festival.

The annual series is also meant to celebrate local talent.

Organizers say the kind music featured has been in Queens for at least a decade but many people may not have heard before.

"That's the really the purpose of doing these kinds of concerts. To bring in people who might not know about this music, might not know that they like it and they come in and they realize that they want to support local composers," said Gilbert Galindo of Random Access Music.

"It's not something they're going to be able to download off of Spotify really quick," said Chris Graham a percussionist with Iktus+.

To learn more about the Queens New Music Festival visit their webstie.