What originally began as a DIY bowling tournament in 1999, Punk Rock Bowling, has fast become a mixture of competition and music. Punk rockers and bowling fanatics all over the world will be in Las Vegas from May 26 through May 29 for this huge event and festival. It will be a "multi-day event like none other," according to co-founder Mark Stern. Furthermore, Stern states that “my brother Shawn and I started this thing as a party with our friends in the punk scene: Bands, independent labels, fanzines, college radio, the whole underground punk community that lived and thrived on its own. It was a celebration of the underdogs doing what we wanted and not compromising. It’s been growing every year since, and more shows were happening around Vegas during that weekend, so we decided to turn it into a festival and move the whole thing downtown, allowing the music to become more of a centerpiece.”
The event will kick off May 26 with a slew of intimate club shows, with expected crowds of 20,000 fans or more in downtown Las Vegas for four days. Along with this epic festival, there is the annual bowling tournament which gave Punk Rock Bowling it's name, including a poker tournament, comedy shows, pop-up art galleries, and much more. Of course, beer and gambling is expected.
Previous performers at Punk Rock Bowling consisted of classic acts like Descendents, Rancid, Devo and Refused. This year's line-up includes Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Iggy Pop, with Bad Religion, Pennywise, and newer acts, FIDLAR and The Interrupters. There are more than two dozens bands slotted to perform.
Three-day tickets for Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival are $125 and are on sale now. Single-day tickets go on sale February 7 and are $50, and the daily lineups will be announced at that time. For more information, click here.
2017 Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival
Cock Sparrer (UK)
Me First & The Gimme Gimmes
The Real McKenzies
Booze & Glory (UK)
Lions Law (France)
Lost In Society
Mobina Galore (Canada)
Ten Can Riot
New Trends (Australia)