List of punk rock festivals

The following is an incomplete list of punk rock music festivals. This list may have some overlap with list of rock festivals and list of heavy metal festivals. Punk is a rock music genre that developed between 1974 and 1976 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in garage rock and other forms of what is now known as protopunk music, punk rock bands eschewed perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. By 1976 the first festivals were being organized.[1]

List of punk rock festivals
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OtherPunk subculture



Name Year Country Location Notes
European Punk Rock Festival 1976   Mont de Marsan In August 1976, the self-described "First European Punk Rock Festival" was held in Mont de Marsan in the southwest of France. Eddie and the Hot Rods, a London pub rock group, headlined. The Sex Pistols, originally scheduled to play, were dropped by the organizers who said the band had gone "too far" in demanding top billing and certain amenities; The Clash backed out in solidarity. The only band from the new punk movement to appear was The Damned.[2] Organised by Zermati, took place at Mont-de-Marsan on 21 August 1976, and featured French bands Bijou, Il Biaritz and Shakin’ Street, as well as The Damned.[3]
100 Club Punk Festival 1976   Oxford Street, London A two-day event held at the 100 Club—a typically jazz-oriented venue in Oxford Street, London, England—on 20 and 21 September 1976.[4] The gig showcased eight punk rock bands, most of which were unsigned. The bands in attendance were each associated with the evolving punk rock music scene and movement of the United Kingdom. The concert marked a watershed for the movement, as punk began to move from the underground and emerge into the mainstream music scene.
Deeply Vale Festivals 1976–1979   England The Deeply Vale Festivals were unique free festivals held near Bury in northwest England in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979. They are regarded as significant events that united punk music into the festival scene.
Rock Against Racism 1976–   United Kingdom
Rock Against Sexism 1978–   United Kingdom
Heatwave 1980   Canada Promoted as the Punk Woodstock
International Pop Underground Convention 1991   Olympia, Washington Punk and indie festival associated with the start of riot grrrl
Ieperfest 1993–present   Ypres Hardcore punk festival
Yoyo A Go Go 1994–2001   Olympia, Washington Held in 1994, 1997, 1999, and 2001
Vans Warped Tour 1995–2019   United States The tour is held in venues such as parking lots or fields upon which the stages and other structures are constructed prior to and for the duration of the event. The tour began as a showcase for alternative and punk rock music, and in more recent years featured very diverse genres. It is the longest running touring music festival in North America.
Antifest 1995–present   Svojšice
Groezrock 1992–present   Meerhout

Groezrock is an annual music festival that takes place in Meerhout, Belgium. It started out as a small rock and pop festival with one stage and a few hundred people attending, but has evolved into a large punk rock/hardcore punk festival, with attendances now exceeding 30,000.

Rebellion Festival 1996–present   Blackpool Main hub of the UK scene in the 21st century.[5] 300 bands over four days in August at the Blackpool Winter Gardens. Formerly Holidays in the Sun and the Wasted Festival. Was held in nearby Morecambe some years during first decade. Overseas spinoff festivals also held.
Deconstruction Tour 1999–present Europe Touring festival featuring punk rock bands and skating
Fluff Fest 2000–present   Rokycany Independent vegan hardcore punk festival, significant for European DIY punk
The Fest 2002–present   Gainesville, Florida
PunkFest @ 'The Cockpit', Leeds[6] 2002, 2004 and 2005   Leeds, West Yorks, UK Three of a set of similar gigs and large one-day shows that took place between 2000 and 2006. The lengthy article - 'The Final Chapter' featured on the linked website is a summary of the experience of the promoter of these shows and contains a number of previously unavailable archive materials
Drop Dead Festival 2003–2012 United States, Europe An electro, post-punk, synthpunk, and experimental multi-day festival and the largest DIY festival for "art-damaged" music
Common Ground Festival 2004–present   Forest of Dean, England Originally known as Dirty Weekend Festival, Common Ground is a not-for-profit punk rock fundraiser featuring mostly independent anarcho-punk and hardcore punk bands and supporting political activism.
Mighty Sounds 2005–present   Tábor Focused on punk rock and hardcore punk but also ska and reggae
Nice 'N Sleazy[7][8] 2004–present   Morecambe Began as offshoot for Rebellion (then Wasted) - campsite with own unofficial stage. Became separate festival in its own right when Wasted reverted to Blackpool in 2006[9]
Riot Fest 2005–current   Chicago
Persistence Tour 2005–present Europe Hardcore punk tour
Insubordination Fest 2006–2013   Maryland
Estonian Punk Song Festival 2008–present   Estonia
Another Winter Of Discontent (AWOD)[10] 2010–2017   Tufnell Park/Derby Main event held at Boston Arms, secondary room of Tuffnell Park Dome - Northern offshoot AWOD North held in Derby.
Undercover Festival[11][12][13] 2012–present   Bilston/Brighton/Margate/Tufnell Park
Break the Ice 2012–2014   Melbourne This event emerged from a 2012 show by Trapped Under Ice into a 2-day hardcore punk festival held in 2013 and 2014
Pop Punk Pile-Up 2018   Selby New alternative punk rock festival launching in the UK in 2018 featuring acts such as Mallory Knox, The Bottom Line, Room 94 and The King Blues as well as many upcoming acts.[14]
PouzzaFest 2011--present   Montreal Three-day festival in mid-May, taking place in several venues in downtown Montreal.


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  1. ^ Christgau, Robert, "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain" (review), New York Times Book Review, 1996. Retrieved on January 17, 2007.
  2. ^ Strongman (2008), pp. 131–132; Savage (1992), p. 216. Strongman describes one of the Sex Pistols' objectionable requests as "some entourage accommodation". Savage says they were dropped from the festival following a violent altercation between Sid Vicious, then part of the Sex Pistols' "entourage", and journalist Nick Kent at a Pistols gig. It is possible that the organizers were specifically afraid of Vicious's attendance.
  3. ^ "Vive Le Punk".
  4. ^ "History". the 100 Club. Retrieved 4 September 2007.
  5. ^ Rebellion festival: 'If the mohicans are wilting by Sunday, then it's a good year' The Guardian. Accessed 14 June 2017
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  9. ^ BCB 106.6fm Radio Interview with Nice N Sleazy promoter Ivan Harrison by Johna Johnson transmitted live 29 June 2018 from Bradford Community Broadcasting Studios. Event occurs at 0:20 - 1:14
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