The Arizona date in May will serve as the festival precursor to the two-date weekender in Southern California in November.
As more tours begin to announce and festival plans begin to take shape, the world of punk music is getting an exciting double dose of something to look forward to after the extended live music intermission.
The Punk In the Park festival that was initially slated for April 2020 was among the many casualties of the Covid crisis, forcing festival organizers to move mountains to get the date rescheduled. The result was an extension of the initial party, with the addition of a second date penciled in for November 6th and 7th at Oak Canyon Park in Orange County, California.
Punk stalwarts Pennywise were at the forefront of the production, scheduled as the festival’s initial headliners. In the pivot however, organizers opted to go big and not only added an additional date, but welcomed another legendary name to the roster with NoFX taking on the headlining duties for the second night of the engagement.
Now, the brand is really flexing their momentum with the announcement of a second date, a precursor of sorts of what is to come in November with the Arizona date of Punk In the Park. Confirmed for May 29th at Big Surf Water Park in Tempe, AZ, Pennywise will carry the caravan’s banner with supporting set from the likes of Face to Face, Strung Out, Good Riddance, H2O, Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Bombpops, and Slaughterhouse. The festival marks one of the first of it’s size since the pandemic shutdown.
Th Orange County, CA installment of the production will will feature Pennywise making their Southern California return along with The Vandals, Lagwagon, Fear, T.S.O.L., The Bombpops, and Pulley thus far. Night two of the show belongs to NoFX with support from Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, Strung Out, The Dickies, D.I., and Authority Zero with more expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
“It finally looks like we’re gonna get our day in the park; been waiting more than a minute to drink some cold beers with friends and listen to some good f**king music,” exuded Pennywise guitarist and punk ambassador, Fletcher Dragge. “With some of my favorite bands playing and tons of booze flowing, it’s gonna be time to get loose and have some serious fun!!! Can’t wait for something that feels normal again! See you f*ckers in the pit…for real!!”
Event producer Cameron Collins of Brew Ha Ha Productions said, “This is the happiest I have been in a long time…An event, an actual festival with live music! It’s been so long, and while 2020 wasn’t kind to any of us, it was devastating for live music and live events. To be coming back, and with such an epic lineup of artists, is an incredible feeling!”
Brew Ha Ha Productions general manager Josh Stolo also added, “We are beyond excited for the return to live music. The way tickets are selling, there was an obvious hunger for these kind of festivals. Arizona is going to be great, but the Orange County date is going to be amazing.”