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Chicago’s T1 Fest to feature Smoking Popes, 88 Fingers Louie, Brendan Kelly, Lillingtons & more

The inaugural T1 Fest will take place on Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th at The Forge in Joliet, IL. All proceeds from the shows will go to the JDRF, (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) to assist in their fight against type 1 diabetes. Organizer Jim Costanzo felt compelled to establish the event after his family was affected by the disease. He explained, “My nephew Joey was diagnosed at the age of three and like so many others, we had no understanding of it, but we quickly learned that this is a very serious illness.” He continued, “Working with the JDRF to learn what lied ahead for him, we saw so many families that were not able to handle the financial burden of providing care for their child. We have since made it a goal to raise as much money as possible to assist the JDRF in their mission to raise awareness and find a cure for type 1 diabetes.”

Costanzo cited his experiences growing up in Chicago’s punk scene as motivation for coordinating this fest. When reflecting on those times, he said “What we found was a community, a scene where even as teenagers we could make a difference. Whether it was playing shows against racism or gathering coats for the homeless, we saw that through music change was possible. One day we were discussing ideas on how we could do our part and we thought it would be great to put on a benefit show like back in the day.”

After setting his idea in motion, Costanzo was able to assemble a lineup that features numerous noteworthy acts. Friday night is headlined by Flatfoot 56 with support from Brendan Kelly, (Lawrence Arms/Wandering Birds) The Brokedowns, and Andrew Thomas. Saturday’s festivities begin at 3:30 PM, with the following bands playing: The Smoking Popes, The Lillingtons, 88 Fingers Louie, Dan Vapid & The Cheats, Vandoliers, Kali Masi, The Reaganomics, and Cap Gun Heroes. Tickets for each individual night are available, as well as weekend passes, and can be purchased here.



Festival Preview: 2000 Trees (Cheltenham, UK)

2000 Trees is up there with the very best of the UK’s independent festivals. It’s been growing steadily over the last few years, offering some of the best in alternative rock for a fraction of what the major festivals set you back.

This year, the festival delivers some of the widest variety of punk, ska and hardcore among its indie mainstays, and we’ve collated a “must see” list for the weekend. If you’re not already headed down to Cheltenham next weekend, you can pick up tickets from the 2000 Trees website.

Check out our tips for the weekend below.



Roadblock Music Festival announces lineup

Roadblock Music Festival will be taking place on July 27th at Bold Point Park in East Providence Rhode Island and will feature Bad Religion, The Menzingers, Charly Bliss, Old Firm Casuals, Cro-Mags, Rebuilder and more.

Not only can you see some awesome punk acts, but you can help a great cause as well.  A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Whiteknact PTA Operation Playground in East Providence to build a playground for handicapped students.  You can grab your tickets here.



Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Festival announces Portland Date

Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic Festival recently announced it’s first 2019 US date will take place in Portland, OR on July 12th at Portland Meadows.

The festival will feature NOFX playing The Decline in its entirety with Baz’s Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Bad Religion, MXPX, Anti-Flag, The Last Gang, and Mean Jeans.

You can get all the details here



Announcing the Cranking & Skanking Fest 2019 in Pawtucket, RI

Featuring The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Amazing Royal Crowns, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and Buck-O-Nine – plus many others yet to be announced, the 2019 Cranking and Skanking Fest is shaping up to be something special for ska punk fans. It will be held on August 10th at The Met Courtyard in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

The festival will also feature food vendors and free craft beer tasting. To purchase tickets, click here.

 



Riot Festival Announces Impressive Line Up for Fifteenth Year

Riot Fest, now in its fifteenth year of the festival, have announced an impressive line up. Blink-182, who cancelled their 2018 set due to health issues, return to headline this year. Also gracing the stage will be the likes of Glassjaw, Dashboard Confessional, Descendents, Avail, The Get Up Kids and Against Me!

Riot Fest happens at Chicago, IL’s Douglas Park on September 13-15 tickets are on sale. To see the full line up click below.



Manchester Punk Festival 2019: Photographers’ Spotlight

This year’s Manchester Punk Festival was yet another sublime cacophony of smiles, sounds, and sozzles. As always, the organisers went above and beyond to make it an event to remember. The addition of even more styles of music, the addressing of previous years’ venue capacity issues, and the trial run of a new three-full-day format all enhanced what was already the obvious highlight of the UK festival calendar.

Rather than cover the event by way of endless stream of “and then I watched…., and they were good”, I thought it’d be great to shine a little light on some of the unsung heroes of festivals and live musical performance in general – the gig photographer. Seeing a wicked set of pictures can take you back to watching a band absolutely smash it or turn an idea of a punk rock road trip into a reality for next year. There’s always loads of great pictures of festivals too but it’s rare you get to see the work of (nearly) all the photographers in one place.

With that in mind I tracked down as many of the photographers covering Manchester Punk Festival as I possibly could; the idea being to showcase what they think to be their finest work from the event. Below, you’ll find their submissions, along with a few words from each about their experience of the festival and their work outside of documenting all things punk.

 



Slam Dunk 2019 Reveals Clash-Proof Stages

In a first for the UK punk / emo / metalcore all-dayer, Slam Dunk 2019 has announced that some stages will alternate their programming, becoming clash-proof. This year, neither the Jagermeister Stage or Impericon stage will clash, making sure fans of hardcore and metalcore will be able to catch both stage lineups throughout the day. In addition, The Dickies Stage and The Marshall Stage will not clash with each other either.

This means fans of the heavier end of the spectrum will be able to catch Atreyu, Glassjaw, Silverstein, Gallows, The Bronx and Cancer Bats, amongst others, without fear of missing out.  Similarly, fans of the more emo and indie spirited acts can see the likes of The Menzingers, Touche Amore, The Get Up Kids, Saves The Day, Plain White T’s, Real Friends, Seaway, Trophy Eyes and more without needing to choose between stages.

The one day event, with dates in the North and South of England, is rounded out with Fat Mike’s Punk in Drublic stage (NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Millencolin, Lag Wagon and more), Monster Energy stage (All Time Low, New Found Glory, Neck Deep, Boston Manor and more) along with 3 other stages showcasing up and coming and and acoustic artists.



Fest 18 announces insane lineup including a Jawbox reunion and more

Fest 18 will be happening the weekend of November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in Gainesville, FL and will feature a sick lineup of bands, including Against Me! playing full albums (Transgender Dysphoria Blues, White Crosses, New Wave, and Searching For a Former Clarity) (as well as a Laura Jane Grace solo set), a Jawbox reunion show, Jawbreaker, Masked Intruder, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Bronx, Tim Barry of Avail, and many, many more, including a 40th anniversary show for Stiff Little Fingers.

Tickets for the Fest 18, and updated news as it happens, are available on the official website.  The full lineup is on the website as well.



Quietdrive (pop punk) returning after long hiatus!

Minnesota band Quietdrive have announced that they will be active again from this summer. Having been mostly on a break for the past five years, the band have announced they will play Twin Cities Summer Jam in July at Canterbury Park, Minnesota. They have also hinted at new music coming soon as well.

Quietdrive have not put out new music since the largely overlooked studio album ‘The Ghost of What You Used to Be’ in 2014



Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival announces Canadian dates

The first Canadian dates for Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic Festival have been announced – Saturday, July 6 in Edmonton, AB and Saturday, July 13 in Vancouver, BC. The craft beer and music festival features NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, The Real Mackenzies, Chixdiggit!, and The Last Gang – plus a variety of other bands, depending on the city.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 10th. Get more info and snag your passes on the festival’s official website.



SIDESHOW JERA ON AIR 2019 PLUS FINALISTS BAND COMPETITION

The regular line-up for Jera On Air 2019 already is amazing and with the fantastic sideshow the festival is complete. On Friday and Saturday on both the Raven stage as in the Punkrock bar some great names have been booked with, Black Sun Empire, Ophidian, Nymfo, Of No Avail and R*A*D. And then we aren’t even talking about the Pre Party on Thursday night June 27th. Next to the already announced names, Bury Tommorrow, Deez Nuts, Our Hollow Our Home and Shvpes, two extra stages will be added to this full- fledged, free festival night: the Buzzard stage hosting the tribute program and at the new Raven stage an EMO-night will take place hosted by Dynamo Eindhoven. On Saturday May 18th the band competition Guts & Glory will be held at Dynamo Eindhoven, which will deliver the opening act for Jera On Air 2019. Previously the names for Jera On Air 2019, such as Parkway Drive, Enter Shikari, SUM41, Hatebreed, Heideroosjes, Agnostic Front, Beartooth, the Interrupters and many more big names were announced. All information on the festival and ticket sales is available online at www.jeraonair.nl.



Brakrock Ecofest 2019 Lineup Announced

The Brakrock Ecofest, which will be held on August 2 and 3, 2019 in Duffel, Belgium, has announced their jam-packed lineup of some of the biggest names in punk.

Featuring Descendents, Propagandhi, The Toy Dolls, Good Riddance, Less Than Jake, Teenage Bottlerocket, Masked Intruder, Pears, and tons more bands, it’s certain to be a killer weekend of punk rock fun.

Tickets are available in various price ranges, including just the shows as well as camping and other goings-on – on the official website for the festival.



DS Exclusive: Jim Lindberg Talks Upcoming First-Of-Its-Kind BeachLife Festival, Featuring Willie Nelson, Brian Wilson and More

For moer than three decades, Jim Lindberg’s name has been synonymous not only with the punk scene primarily through his work with seminal SoCal vets Pennywise, but with the surf and sea cultures in Los Angeles’s South Bay as well. And while his “day job” projects like Pennywise and Wraths are still very much active, Lindberg has now lent his talents to a different, more behind-the-scenes role in the music scene: creative director of the upcoming BeachLife Festival.

If you’re not yet familiar, allow me to hum you a few bars. BeachLife is a first-of-its-kind festival taking place in Redondo Beach, California, from May 3rd through 5th. It’s happening outdoors at Seaside Lagoon, a beachfront park right in the heart of the community. As a bonus, BeachLife will also feature more intimate, acoustic performances from some of the festival’s performers that’ll take place not on a large stage but on-board a handful of the boats that’ll be moored in the adjoining harbor. The artists headlining the festival may not be the first performers that come to mind when you hear “Jim from Pennywise is the creative director of this festival.” Instead, it features some down-right legendary artists from across the musical landscape of the last fifty or sixty years: acts like Willie Nelson, Brian Wilson, Bob Weir, and Ziggy Marley.

We recently caught up with Lindberg over the phone from LA, where he was helping put the final preparatory touches in the lead-up to the festival. We spoke not only about the unique position that he finds himself in as a longtime performer at festivals around the world, but about just how much work went in to getting a massive, three-day festival off the ground. It all started with Allen Sanford, a local promoter who also happens to run the Hermosa Beach club Saint Rocke. “(Saint Rocke) is only about a 300-seater, but (Sanford) also started doing these concerts on the beach for Hermosa Beach, and he had a lot of good bands come down and play for them,” explains Lindberg. “A lot of mellower stuff, like Pepper, Revolution, Everclear…bands that would get by the city council’s purview. They didn’t want any bands like Pennywise coming down and playing, that’s for sure!

After a decade of putting on such shows in Hermosa Beach, 2019 finds Sanford focusing his efforts on the next beach down the coast: Redondo. They found an ideal venue in Seaside Lagoon, essentially a parking lot located right near what used to be the renowned Fleetwood nightclub that played home to many an early Black Flag/Circle Jerks/X/Germs show nearly four decades ago. The new spot allows for an even bigger event and some bigger artists than its Hermosa Beach predecessors. When it came time to put a lineup together, Lindberg notes that even though Redondo Beach was cool with the festival coming to town, prevailing wisdom was still to tread lightly with the type of acts that would be involved. Explains Lindberg: “Once you get that keystone artist… and for our case, it became Willie Nelson and Brian Wilson – the cool thing is there’s a ton of bands who look up to artists like Willie Nelson and Brian Wilson, and once we got them to open up their schedules and take a chance with this festival, all these other artists started lining up.” Those “other artists” that Lindberg refers to includes a cross-section of artists like Grace Potter, Everclear, Slightly Stoopid, Violent Femmes, Berlin (yes, THAT Berlin) and Chevy Metal, which features Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins. For Lindberg, the hope is to not only continue BeachLife for years down the road, but to bring a little more of his personal musical wheelhouse to the table. “In successive years, if we should be lucky enough to keep doing this,” he notes,”we want to get a lot more edgy bands, some punk bands, on there. We just have to ease into that with the city.”

Lindberg views the BeachLife Festival not only as a way to bring live music back to the South Bay, but to help promote a variety of causes that are near and dear to his heart. Lindberg has long championed the idea of using his platform as a means to raise awareness to issues that effect his local community and lifestyle, most notably when he  served on the Board of Directors for the Surfrider Foundation, a charity that’ll be in attendance at BeachLife. “Growing up at the beach and being a lifetime surfer, I definitely wanted it to be a situation where we were giving back to the beach community,” says Lindberg. “We have Surfrider Foundation involved. Also Life Rolls On, which is Jesse Billauer’s foundation for people in wheelchairs and getting them out surfing and into ocean therapy and things like that. Also, Five Gyres, which is involved with reducing the amount of plastic in our oceans, so we have all these great causes we’re working with, and at the end of the day, we’re just trying to put on a really cool festival at the beach with some really great artists and give back to the community.”

Head below to check out our full chat with the great Jim Lindberg – including what it’s like to be in the situation where you have to get the local police department on board with your outdoor festival idea, which is not necessarily the easiest task when you’re the same guy that sang “Fuck Authority.” You can also head here to check out the full rundown on BeachLife, including where to find tickets!



One Week ‘Til Manchester Punk Festival: An Interview With The Tree

It’s just one week until a few thousand punks descend on the northern UK city of Manchester for what has fast become an absolute festival-calendar highlight. Returning for its fifth and biggest edition yet, Manchester Punk Festival will play host to more than 130 bands spanning just about every sub-genre of punk.

The festival is the product of three of Manchester’s most-active purveyors of underground sounds – Moving North, Anarchistic Undertones, and TNS Records. Helping them is a vast team of volunteers drafted directly from the UK punk scene. Essentially, it’s about 10 massive DIY gigs running simultaneously, with hundreds of bands, that span three days. It’s fucking great.

With just a few tickets remaining, we put some questions to long promoter Ian “Tree” Robinson (of Manchester’s Anarchistic Undertones and Oasis tribute band-fame) to find out what goes in to putting on an underground slobber-knocker as grand in scale as that occurring next weekend. Below is the result of just that.