In 2018, Fat Mike of NOFX wanted to take you camping just 25 miles east of Columbus. Alas, they did one of the most punk rock things imaginable and got themselves kicked off the first incarnation of the three-day punk rock festival, despite the event being named after one of their albums. But by all accounts, Camp Punk in Drublic was a resounding success with Rancid, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Descendents wowing the fans.
Six months later, punk rock camping is coming back to Legend Valley in Thornville, OH for Camp Anarchy: 3 Day Punk Rock Campout. Billed as a new camping, craft beer and punk music festival, it takes place this spring, on Friday, May 31, Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, 2019. This one-of-a-kind destination event is the only punk rock campout in the country and will host NOFX’s first US performance in over one year.
Camp Anarchy will feature performances by The Offspring, NOFX, Bad Religion, X, Suicidal Tendencies, Less Than Jake, Fear, with Rancid and Pennywise returning to the lineup for year two. More bands are to be announced. There will also be craft beer tastings (available for purchase), and a slew of attractions including a Dodgeball Arena, Fair Games, Flea’s Market Vendor Village, and much more.
John Reese, festival co-producer and founder of Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), says Camp Anarchy is, “A punker’s dream…three days of the best bands and so much to do while camping under the stars in Ohio. What could be better?”
Pennywise‘s Fletcher Dragge adds that he’s “Super stoked to be taking part in the first ever Camp Anarchy music and camping fest!!! Looks like Legend Valley will become ground zero for some serious punk rock debauchery and musical mayhem. The Offspring, Rancid, NOFX, Bad Religion, Pennywise, X, Suicidal Tendencies, Less Than Jake, Fear? What the f*ck? Does the lineup get better? Craft beer tastings, shit to buy, shit to eat, booze to drink, and camping chaos till all hours?
“There is no question that this is gonna be a f*cking crazy good three days!!! Not to mention, this will be NOFX’s first performance in America in over a year…who the f*ck is gonna miss that shit?! I’m not!! See you in the pit f*ckers! That’s where I’ll be!!”
The daily band lineup for Camp Anarchy is as follows (subject to change), with more bands to be announced:
Friday, May 31: The Offspring, X, Fear, Sick Of It All, Strung Out, and Death By Stereo
Saturday, June 1: Rancid, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, The Damned, Off!, The Suicide Machines, A Wilhelm Scream, and Voodoo Glow Skulls
Sunday, June 2: NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, T.S.O.L., and The Bronx
If you plan on attending the festival, you are also invited to try your hand in numerous other activities and attractions going on throughout each day, including:
- CRAFT BEER TASTING AREA: What most of you are here for…a massive craft beer sampling area offering tastings from local and national breweries with more than 150 craft beers to choose from. Columbus has quietly become a craft beer mecca, at the heart of a state that now boasts over 200 craft breweries producing more than 1.3 million barrels of beer annually. (Must have a Tasting Pass and be 21+)
- THE DODGEBALL ARENA: Hosting Fans Against the Bands dodgeball games…don’t forget your sweatbands for these epic battles!
- FAIR GAMES: This is where the freaks are unleashed. Come play games of chance to win a teddy bear that will probably end up in a box in your garage, or watch a guy pierce his eyeball. THE unFAIR boasts the festival’s spin on your summer camp favorites, like Postcards From The Edge, where you can get a collector’s postcard and send it out from camp to your friends and family, and big ass games, of course.
- FLEA’S MARKET VENDOR VILLAGE: Full of stuff you probably don’t need but know you will want.
- OVERSIZED GAMES: Beer Pong, Jenga, Cornhole & more.
- SCAVENGER HUNTS
- S’MORES STATION
Those 21+ with festival tickets can purchase a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday Craft Beer Tasting Pass in advance for only $17.50 (plus fees). The Tasting Pass will allow entry into the Craft Beer Tasting Area, where you can enjoy fifteen 3 oz. craft beer tastes, choosing from over 150 craft beers from dozens of top breweries. Some of the participating breweries include BrewDog, Rhinegeist, Great Lakes, Fat Head’s, Revolution Brewing, plus many more local and national breweries.
General Admission tickets, VIP ticket packages, and camping options for Camp Anarchy are on-sale now. Visit www.CampAnarchyFest.com for details on all ticket and camping packages.
General Admission tickets are $49.50 (plus fees) for Single Day and $99.50 (plus fees) for Weekend. A limited-number of VIP packages will also be available for purchase, with Single Day starting at $129.50 (plus fees) and Weekend VIP (which includes a Tasting Pass) starting at $279 (plus fees). VIP tickets include one VIP admission ticket to Camp Anarchy, a dedicated VIP entry lane into the venue, one-hour early entry for craft beer tastings (for those 21+) starting at 12:00 PM, and one tasting pass, good for up to 20 tastings. VIP ticket holders also receive access into the VIP Lounge which includes:
- Views of the stage from the VIP Lounge
- Comfortable areas to sit and relax
- VIP restrooms
- VIP bar
- VIP food options (available for purchase in lounge)
Weekend (Friday — Monday) camping add-ons start at $129.50 (plus fees) for Tent Camping (for up to 4 people) and $199.50 (plus fees) for dry RV Camping (for up to 4 people). All camping options are for Friday, May 31 through Monday, June 3 and do not include admission to the festival unless otherwise noted. (Festival tickets must be purchased prior to camping passes.)
Festival partners include: Rockstar Energy Drink, Budweiser, Michelob Ultra, Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, and more to be announced.
For more information on Camp Anarchy, visit:
Legend Valley is a historic 230-acre outdoor concert venue and campground that has been hosting music festivals and athletic events since the 1970’s. The venue is located at 7585 Kindle Rd, just off I-70 on Route 13 in Thornville, Ohio. www.legendvalleymusic.com