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Manchester Punk Festival announces first set of bands playing in 2020

Manchester Punk Festival will return for it’s sixth year in 2020. The three day event has grown each year in a bid to be the UK’s answer to Fest. The first round of bands announced for 2020 are The Flatliners, Belvedere, Random Hand, Christmas, ONSIND, Warwound, Broadway Calls, Natterers, Molisma, China Shop Bull, Roughneck Riot, Forever Unclean, Daves, Eastfield, PMX, Fresh, Dangers of Love, The Deadites, Misfortune Cookie, The Menstrual Cramps, Oi Polloi, Chewing on Tinfoil, Knife Club Don Blake, Bootscraper, Gibberish, Blind Man Death Stare, The Foamers, Byenary, Me Rex, Chloe Glover, Mollusca and The Lab Rats.

Tickets are already available here.



Slam Dunk Festival 2020: Punk In Drublic stage returns!

Slam Dunk Festival have announced the second wave of acts for next May’s get together, which also confirms the return of Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic stage.  NOFX and Pennywise will be gracing the stage with the rest of the line up to be filled out over the coming months.  Elsewhere on the bill Sum 41 and Billy Talent have been added so it’s shaping up to be another great event.



Riot Fest 2019 Day 3: Bikini Kill, Teenage Bottlerocket and…The Village People Close Out The Weekend With Help From Others

Words by: Fredric Hall
Photos and additional words by: Meredith Goldberg

For the third and final day of 2019’s Riot Fest festivities, punk sets were, again, on the small side. Still what’s there ain’t too shabby. Against Me! Had an awesome set, playing both “Reinventing Axl Rose” and “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” start-to-finish, while singer Laura Jane Grace was belting out every song with her unique voice that forces you to pay attention. A particular high point was “Osama bin Laden as the Crucified Christ” with its driving, distorted bass line and disturbing lyrics. At one point, someone in the crowd held up a sign saying “You Are My Hero”, a good indicator of the effect the band had on the crowd.

Against Me!

 

Dave Hause & The Mermaid

Frankie Iero and the Future Violents

 

Sincere Engineer

Perhaps the most curious event to take place at Riot Fest’s 15th Anniversary staging in Chicago was a Wall of Death during The Village People’s performance of their most famous tune, “YMCA.” The song has long been a staple at basketball games of all levels and in all communities despite its lyrical content often understood to refer to the YMCA as a gay hook up spot in the 1970’s. Yet on Day 3,  fans young, old and looking to represent virtually every demographic at Riot Fest joined in forming the 4 letters in the title. And per an organized Facebook event, many took part in a Wall of Death in the center of crowd. For the uninitiated, a Wall of Death is basically a move within a circle pit where a large group of people back off and then at the same moment run toward each other. The event even took the life of a photographer’s sunglasses (though not the DS photog’s sunglasses, whew).

The Village People

 

The Village People fans spell out Y.M.C.A.

Patti Smith had her brand of a slow burning performance later on. Now I know the organizers don’t pick out acts all willy-nilly and Patti Smith is a legend in the genre. However, I’m sure there is a good size of the attendees who have no idea who is she and her contributions to the punk genre. And I guess Smith knew this because she really brought it on stage. While not “punk” in regards to modern tastes, there was a energy about it that exuded a punk attitude, even with covers like Jimi Hendrix’s “Are You Experience”(with some “Third Stone of the Sun” thrown towards the end) and Midnight Oil’s “Beds are Burning”. She did close the set with “Gloria” which really brought the crowd to its knees.

 

Bikini Kill

Finally, we got Riot grrrl pioneers Bikini Kill, the headliners for the final evening of the festival. Though Kathleen Hanna sang most of the set, she did occasionally switch over to bass, while the rest of the band traded instruments for certain songs. Seriously, they did so many times I couldn’t keep up. Declaring “We’re a feminist band. And we’re headlining a festival” they blazed through songs like “Reject All-American” with the abrasiveness and in-you-face attitude that put them on the map for almost thirty years.

Bikini Kill

If you’ve made it this far, so you might have the impression Riot Fest is straying from it’s punk roots. Well, here’s the thing: I get that festivals like Riot Fest have to carter towards different demographics to stay afloat. To me, this year was more of a history lesson. Teenage punks with Op Ivy back patches on their vests now got to hear Patti Smith and Bikini Kill. They also got to see Slayer which is always a treat (and also played right after Rise Against). So, this is a chance to see all kinds of genres. Limiting yourself to one thing is narrow-minded and stupid. In the end we all need to go beyond our boundaries and explore what’s out there.

Ween

 

Teenage Bottlerocket

 

Please check out the rest of our images from the final day of Riot Fest 2019 below:



Riot Fest 2019 Day 2: Rise Against, Avail, Turnstile and Anthrax Bring the Hard to the Park; The Struts Evoke the Glam Rock 1970’s and The HU Combines New with Very Old

Words: Fredric Hall
Photos and Additional Words: Meredith Goldberg

Day two of Riot Fest 2019, the 15th Anniversary event, saw a bit of a change up. This was a bit slim on the punk side as the metal took over. Still, they were some standouts. You have Avail doing their “Over the James” album set. Honestly, there really is not that much to talk about. Singer Tim Barry mentioned it was his daughter’s birthday which got a collective “awww” from the already captivated crowd.

Avail

 

Avail

 

Anthrax

Anthrax started a few minutes early with a riff from Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell”, which totally caught me off guard. From there they went into their setlist which was voted by fans via their website. With the band donning Bulls jerseys they tore through all the hits, including “Caught in a Mosh”, “I am the Law” and their cover of “Got the Time”. No “Among the Living” though. Sorry. The did, however, end the set with “Indians” which really got the crowd in uproar. Granted, this isn’t really “punk” but, like I said it was slim pickings that day.

Turnstile

 

Turnstile

Turnstile provided for an especially high energy set under the bright middle afternoon sun. Numerous band members kept busy going airborne and hopping back and forth from stage to speakers. You got the feeling the band members would have like to be performing in the crowd and would be if not for the wide barricaded area/photo pit. Turnstile in a non-barricade venue must surely be mandatory to experience for anyone calling themselves fans of the group.

The Struts

Derby U.K.’s The Struts, with lead singer Luke Spiller, channeling the spirit of Freddie Mercury, took over the Rise Stage. A welcome dose of variety to complement the otherwise predominantly hard-core punk and metal heavy day. Spiller, in a red glittery outfit and thick black eyeliner; and bassist Jed Elliot clad in black leather pants and his leather shirt unbuttoned half way down his evoked 1970’s glam rock.

The Struts

 

The HU

For many Riot Fest attendees, The HU afforded them possibly their first introduction to what the band calls Hunnu Rock. The HU, from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, combine Mongolian throat singing with traditional instruments such as “The morin khuur (Mongolian: морин хуур), also known as the horsehead fiddle, is a traditional Mongolian bowed stringed instrument. It is one of the most important musical instruments of the Mongol people, and is considered a symbol of the Mongolian nation.” [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morin_khuur].

The HU

Senses Fail

Rise Against

Rise Against

The day ends with Rise Against headlining the evening. Singer Tim McIlarth mentioned he is from Douglas Park (where Riot Fest is held) which obviously get applause from the crowd before going into the hit “Savior” followed by “Prayer of the Refugee.”

Please check out our gallery of additional day 2 photos below!



DS Exclusive: Riot Fest Kicks off 15th Anniversary Celebration with Jawbreaker, Rancid, Cock Sparrer (among others)

Words: Fredric Hall
Pics and additional words: Meredith Goldberg

Riot Fest’s 15th Anniversary event once again took place in Chicago’s Douglas Park, Sept 13th – 15th. A bit of morning rain on day one threatened to muddy the grounds and make for a messy fest. However, by the time the gates opened to attendees, the rain had subsided just a few random, very small soft spots in the ground and small patches of mud could be spotted throughout the park.

Violent Femmes

Anti-Flag

I don’t know what was going on at the Radicals Stage, but there were sound issue throughout the day. When Anti-Flag showed up, you could barely here Chris Parker’s bass and vocals. Despite this, the band blazed through their set, causing a nasty(in a good way) circle pit in process. Hell, as people were jumping up and down during “This is The End” a T-Rex showed up in the pit with spikes in its head, as you do. The band had the crowd by the throat, as most threw up the bird as “Police Brutality” blared out the speakers. With a brief intermission from a spokesperson from Amnesty International — the short of it is “Fuck Racism” — the band followed with “Press Corpse” who they dedicated to JBTV host Jerry Bryant who is currently battling cancer. And now the finale: the set ended with Parker and drummer Pat Thetic bringing their gear into the crowd and playing a few bars, closing out a raucous set.

Cock Sparrer

Before Cock Sparrer‘s came onstage, the already packed crowd was singing the chorus to “Take Em All”, so they were ready to get shit going. For the entire set, singer Colin McFaull had a bottle of Jack Daniels on stage, taking a occasional swig. They played all the hits: “Take Em All” of course, “A.U.” which really got the pumping and “Watch Your Back”. Though for the last one, McFaull missed his cue to go into the chorus, but it’s OK, he was probably tipsy from the Jack.

Pennywise

Like Anti-Flag earlier, Pennywise‘s set also had its fair share of audio problems. Mostly, Jim Lindberg’s vocals being barely audible during songs but fine by itself. They were the most interactive with the crowd of all the bands, with Jim asking the crowd what did they want them to cover and ending it saying, “We don’t know the songs by those bands”. But they did cover-or try to cover-a Sublime followed by a non-fucked up cover of “Minor Threat” by, um, Minor Threat. The whole cover song debacle ended with a sped up version of AC/DC’s “TNT” before going into their original song “Society”.

Rancid

Since they were playing at the same time, I had to leave the Descendents‘ set for Rancid‘s, but the few minutes I was there showed they still had it. Being Riot Fest regulars, they knew how to work a crowd. Not hard since most of their catalog is fast as hell, and starting the set with “Suburban Home” and “Everything Sucks” didn’t hurt either. Rancid’s set was equally energetic, with Tim Armstrong’s neckbeard and Lars Frederiksen’s skinhead look, they blazed through “Roots Radicals” and “Maxwell Murder,” which I didn’t think they’ll do.

Please check out our gallery of additional day 1 photos below:



Slam Dunk Festival 2020: Dates and First Bands Announced

 

Slam Dunk Festival will be returning to Temple Newsham and Hatfield Park on the 23rd and 24th May 2020 respectively.  Four Year Strong, The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack and State Champs are among the first bands to be announced, with plenty more bands due to be added to the line up over the coming months.  Early bird tickets go on sale Friday 27th September HERE!



2nd Annual Red Rocks Beer Festival: Punk in Drublic

Beer/Music Fests are all the rage these days, but we’ve had a gaping hole in that department over the last year or so here in the US ever since punk legend Fat Mike and his trailblazing Punk in Drublic Fest was banished after making insensitive comments following the Las Vegas mass shooting. But things have blown over as they seem to do over time and the Festival has made it’s triumphant return to the States. We sent Anarchopunk down to snap some shots when the tour rolled through Red Rocks Amphitheater just outside of Denver and he didn’t disappoint (anyone other than his wife). Check out his write up and a full gallery below!



Festival Review: Catching 350 Fest and Catching Up with The Punk Rock Doc

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

350 Fest V took place a couple of weeks back, August 23-25, 2019 at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Headliners included Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones; and Naked Raygun. Included amongst the many others playing, were Suicide Machines, The Eclectics, Airstream Futures, The Repellants, Tight Night, 88 Fingers Louie, an acoustic set by Anthony Reneri of Bayside, Zebrahead, The Menzingers, Lucky Boy Confusion; and The Bollweevils.

Relive it or find out what you missed by checking out the pics and a full write up below!



Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Festival announces Sacramento date

The Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Festival is continuing to add more US dates, with the most recent announcement placing the tour in Sacramento, CA on October 19th at Papa Murphy’s Park.

The Sacramento stop will include performances from NOFX, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Vandals, Reel Big Fish, and Teenage Bottlerocket.

You can get all the details here



Pirates Press Records announces lineup for Rock The Ship

Pirates Press Records has announced the lineup for its four night run of shows called Rock The Ship. It will be in the Bay area and will begin Thursday October 17th and finish up Sunday October 20th. Some of the acts for this years event are: Cock Sparrer, Subhumans, CJ Ramone, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Off With Their Heads, The Bar Stool Preachers, The Old Firm Casuals and Charger. Wait! There’s more! Pirates Press Records has also saved a few surprise announcements for Rock The Ship, which we can look forward to in the upcoming weeks.

You can scoot on over here to get yourself a pass. Check out below for a look at the lineup so far.



Blackout Fest (Ontario, Canada) Announces Full Lineup for 13th Edition

Now in its thirteenth year, Ontario’s Blackout Fest, situated between London and Toronto, has become one of the province’s longest-running punk rock festivals. The Brantford-based celebration of all things punk rock will take place in numerous venues around the city over the weekend of the 18th and 19th of October.

This year’s edition will see the likes of Direct Hit!, Seaway, Like Pacific,, The Penske File, and many more acts take to the various stages hosting festivities.

For the full lineup as well as a cool promotional video, take a look below. For all the information you need for a trip to Blackout Fest, head over to the event’s official website.



Music 4 Cancer announces lineup for ninth edition of festival

Canadian feel-good festival Music 4 Cancer has announced the lineup for the ninth installment of the cancer research fundraiser. Held annually in Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, the festival has quickly become the première punk and ska festival of the Canadian season. This years edition will feature: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Anti-Flag, Good Riddance, 88 Fingers Louie as well as Quebec ska legends Subb, as well as a ton of other great acts. The ninth edition will be held September 13th and 14th at its beloved home Sainte-Thérèse.

This year the festival has teamed up with Le Trou De Diable micro-brewery, also Music 4 Cancer has teamed up with Thousand Islands Records and will be holding a free show at the Local 41. As if all that wasn’t awesome enough, Music 4 Cancer as always has partnered up with the Canadian Cancer Society, and 100% of donations to the Raise-O-Thon M4C will go to furthering cancer research.

Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, Music 4 Cancer has done an absolutely amazing job of raising funds for cancer research here in my amazing part of the world. Combining Quebec’s absolute love of punk and the generosity of the people of this kick-ass little nation Music 4 Cancer is a festival and cause everyone can get behind.

With all that being said, scoot on over here to grab your tickets. As well, you can check out the recap video of last years edition below



Introducing the Crapsons’ CrapFest (UK): A Punk Rock All-Dayer of “Friends, Families, and Fellow Idiots”

We’re all about promoting the little guy with a grand plan here at DyingScene and following that train of thought, we though we’d share with you an event that caught our eye recently.

The hopefully ironically-titled CrapFest launches this year in the UK city of Liverpool. The event will take place at the city’s Phase One venue on 25th August and features an eclectic stack of bands looking to leave their stain on the once acclaimed European Capital of Culture. Whereas many all-dayers these days have a clear overarching theme, CrapFest is varied to say the least.

The brainchild of featured two piece Crapsons, Mike and Andy, the event is clearly looking to bring together a host of bands that don’t generally fit into a particular genre/scene; maybe they don’t want to fit with anything. Liverpool has a long history of promoting unique and interesting music and this will be no different.

Headlined by punk rockers Healthy Junkies and featuring the always-raucous Habits, Crapsons themelves, Salt The Snail, and Mr. Ted to name a few, the all-dayer has already sold out of its lower-priced early bird tickets but there are full price ones still available. If you’re keen to get involved in this diverse cluster-fuck of a show, don’t sleep on it!

You can find all ticket and other information for CrapFest here. You can also see the full lineup on the promotional poster below, as well as some words from the team behind the event.



Might As Well Fest announce first bands for 2019

London’s Might As Well Fest has announced the first stream of acts for it’s fifth edition. The annual event will once again take place at The New Cross Inn over October 18 and 19. As with every year, MIAWF will be supporting a charity with proceeds this time going to Heads Above The Waves.

So far, Weatherstate have been announced as headliners for the Friday, and Crazy Arm for the Saturday. The Burnt Tapes, Fintan Stack, Weblessthismess and Pacer are also among those performing.

Tickets are available here.



Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Festival Announces More US Dates

Last month, Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Festival made it’s triumphant return to the US with a show in Portland, Oregon. Well, they must’ve heard the public outcry for more because the  added some additional stops for you whiners! The two latest stops on the 2nd Annual Festival are in Pittsburgh with Leftover Crack,  Anti-Flag, The Vandals and The Bombpops and Denver at the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater with Teenage Bottlerocket, The Bouncing Souls and Bad Cop/Bad Cop! The website also lists two more mysterious TBA dates/stops so be sure to keep an eye out for more details on those! For more information on the existing shows or to purchase tickets, head over to the Festival website. See you in the pit!