It's Not Dead Festival

Photo by John Gilhooley CH3

This one-day festival’s somewhat defensive moniker refers to the old joke “Punk’s not dead; it just smells that way,” as well as endless variations on the slogan. Punk rock has indeed been declared dead numerous times, beginning in 1978 with the breakup of the Sex Pistols, and yet it perseveres as one of music’s most thrilling expressions of rage. As is often the case with this kind of festival, the lineup is an almost random assortment of still-thriving early-era trailblazers (Buzzcocks, Slaughter & the Dogs, GBH, The Adicts) and variously intense second-generation imitators (The Casualties, Rancid, U.S. Bombs, Guttermouth), interspersed with fiery ’80s ska (The Selecter, The Toasters) and latter-day ska-punks (Voodoo Glow Skulls). With the rise of Trump, the savagely chilling “Manzanar” by Cerritos stalwarts Channel 3 sounds just as relevant as ever.

With Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Buzzcocks, The Selecter, The Adicts, GBH, The Exploited, Channel 3, Slaughter & the Dogs, The Casualties, The Toasters, Down by Law, Guttermouth, U.S. Bombs, Off!, Left Alone, Kevin Seconds, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Skating Polly, Reagan Youth, Buck-o-Nine, The Grim, The Interrupters, A Wilhelm Scream, Love Canal, Murphy's Law, Good Riddance, The Flatliners, Mad Caddies, Bob Forrest, The Unseen and others.
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