Summer is fast-approaching, and Fat Mike wants to take you camping.
What better way to enjoy the fresh air of the great outdoors than by spending a weekend outside with live music, craft beer and a few thousand of your closest friends?
June 1-3, 2018 will see the debut of Camp Punk In Drublic at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH. This unique destination event is the brainchild of NOFX frontman, Fat Mike, bringing together lovers of punk music and craft beer enthusiasts. When was the last time you were at a punk rock campout with craft beer and live music?
The festival is also donating 50 cents from every festival ticket purchased to local Thornville, Ohio charities.
The music runs throughout the weekend, with performances from NOFX, Rancid, Pennywise, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Me First & The Gimmie Gimmies, and many more. You’ll also be able to enjoy craft beer tastings (can be purchased at the festival) and late-night campfire stories from NOFX, Jello Biafra, Keith Morris and others on Friday and Saturday night.
“The thing about camping is that really nothing can go wrong,” explains Fat Mike, “because everything is already wrong. Punk rockers don’t really know how to camp. They know how to wear hoodies, drink, and lean on each other. The good thing is that we got a lot of generators and an unlimited supply of kegs (some are even full of beer). Hey Coachella and Bonnaroo and Burning Man…Watch what happens at Camp Punk In Drublic. I can almost guarantee that our festival is gonna be way lamer and stupider than yours…That’s the point!…Well, I think that’s the point. Wait, punk rock doesn’t have a point?”
There will be a slew of attractions throughout the weekend, including Fatty’s Midnite Matinee late night movie theater, carnival games, Flea’s Market, The Dodgeball Arena, Eat At Joe’s (late night food hall) and much more.
“Let me be clear,” Fat Mike continued, “A rabbi, a priest and a few thousand punk rockers go camping in Ohio…Sorry, no punchline. But there will be 17 great bands, 2 mediocre bands, and 5,000 kegs of beer. What could possibly go wrong?”
The venue will be open from 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM on Friday, June 1, 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM on Saturday, June 2, and 12:00 PM to Midnight on Sunday, June 3.
Pennywise’s Fletcher Dragge adds, “Wait, I get to run amok with a bunch of drunk punk rockers into the wee hours of the night? Have you ever seen a 300 lb. man do a belly flop on a pup tent? Well you will…game on! People who are insane enough to stay through the night better get their troops together…me and Fatty are coming for you!!”
The current daily band lineup for Camp Punk In Drublic is as follows:
Friday, June 1 (Kickoff Party): Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, and Guttermouth, followed by Campfire Stories with Fat Mike and NOFX.
Saturday, June 2: NOFX, Pennywise, Goldfinger, Strung Out, Mad Caddies, Face To Face and Bad Cop / Bad Cop, followed by Campfire Stories with Keith Morris, Jello Biafra and friends.
Sunday, June 3: Rancid, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sick Of It All, Lagwagon, The Bouncing Souls, Street Dogs, The Interrupters
In addition to the 17 bands playing the festival, be sure to check out the But Wait, There’s More festival attractions and make way across the festival to Way The F*ck Over There for even more excessive debauchery.
For the craft beer enthusiasts, you can choose from over 200 craft beers from dozens of top breweries, including Stone Brewing, BrewDog, Lord Hobo Brewing, Great Lakes Brewing, MadTree Brewing, Avery Brewing, plus many more local and national breweries.
In 2017, Fat Mike teamed up with craft beer pioneers Stone Brewing to brew their very own limited release Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager for the debut of the Punk In Drublic festival. The lager sold out quickly in 2017, and now 2018 marks the first time that Stone will re-release a specialty beer with a musician. Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager will be available at Camp Punk In Drublic.
Rancid’s Tim Armstrong says, “Fat Mike gathered up some of my favorite bands and people to hang out in the middle of Ohio. Rancid can’t wait to be a part of the first Camp Punk In Drublic. We’re looking forward to telling stories around the campfire with you guys!”
Ticket are on sale now for what promises to be a gonzo three days of music, craft beer and more. We’ll be there, as well, getting knee-deep in the punk and enjoying the general shenanigans of the festival.
Plus, with Fat Mike running the show… what could possibly go wrong?