As our readers already know, I’ve been listing the upcoming tour happenings in our “Upcoming Tours” category and generally these are events that will take place in our region or close enough to it. That being said, there are times when I need to break out of that circle and expand the news we are listing and that’s based on these weekend festivals that are happening all over the place but so worth mentioning. Maybe in the coming months I will look into changing that category title but for now I will just post the content in there. All of this leads me to the news about Fat Mike’s inaugural festival. Take a look at the very long press release down below the poster.
The Press Release:
Summer is right around the corner, and with it comes the debut of Camp Punk In Drublic! Created from the mind and liver of NOFX’s frontman Fat Mike, this one-of-a-kind destination event has punk music lovers and craft beer enthusiasts rejoicing. As the only punk rock campout in the country, Camp Punk In Drublic will feature performances by NOFX, Rancid, Pennywise, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, and more, along with a weekend of craft beer tastings (available for purchase), campfire stories from punk legends, and a slew of attractions including Fatty’s Midnite Matinee late night movie theater, carnival games, and much more. Located right outside of Columbus, OH, Camp Punk In Drublic will take over Legend Valley in Thornville, OH on Friday, June 1 (Friday Kickoff Party), Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3, wrapping up the first leg of the national Punk In Drublic festival tour with a once-in-a-lifetime experience for punk rock and craft beer fans.
A limited quantity of Early Bird tickets for Camp Punk In Drublic Camping, Craft Beer & Music Festival go on sale Friday, March 30 at 10:00 AM ET at www.PunkInDrublicFest.com/camp. Specially priced Weekend Festival Admission passes will be available for only $50 (plus fees) while supplies last on Friday, March 30 from 10:00 AM ET through 11:59 PM ET. Additionally, the Friday Night Kickoff Party is FREE for up to 4 campers with each tent or RV camping purchase, or non-camping attendees can purchase an Early Bird Friday Kickoff Party Pass in advance for $19 (plus fees) or for $40 at the door.
NOFX’s Fat Mike explains, “The thing about camping is that really nothing can go wrong, 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?
Let me be clear: 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?”
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!”
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
Don’t expect things to die down once the music is done; this party goes well into the night! 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, and will be jam packed with all types of activities. Campers, get ready to check out the But Wait, There’s More festival attractions and march your lazy asses across the festival to Way The F*ck Over There for even more debauchery.
Way The F*ck Over There is home to:
“The Brews”: What most of you are here for… A massive craft beer sampling area offering tastings from local and national breweries with more than 200 craft beers to choose from (must have Tasting Pass and be at least 21).
Campfire Stories from the Road: featuring some of the most horrific and hilarious tales from the likes of NOFX, Jello Biafra, Keith Morris, and a sh*t ton more. Campfire venue opens at 11:45 PM to after 1:00 AM on Friday and Saturday nights. The crowd will get to ask Fat Mike why he prefers dresses over jeans and such. Think a punk rock version of Inside The Actors Studio around a campfire in the beautiful hills of Ohio ‘til the wee hours of the morning.
Flea’s Market: Full of stuff you probably don’t need but know you will want.
THE UnFAIR 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 our spin on our summer camp favorites like Dunk the Punk tank, Postcards From The Edge where you can send postcards back home, and big ass lawn games.
The Dodgeball Arena that will host Fans Against the Bands dodgeball games and tug o’ war…don’t forget your sweatbands for these epic battles, as well as other games (including a massive tug o’ war against your friends if you have any).
Plus Eat at Joe’s, a late night food hall with artery clogging gut bombs, where the only thing organic and gluten free is the sh*tty paper plate you eat it on.
Craft Beer Summer School: Enjoy craft beer seminars and talks from top brewers and industry experts at the BEER EDU stage.
At the top of the festival grounds is:
Fatty’s Midnite Matinee: Which lights up after hours, and is where you can go to chill the F out. Pull up a thrift shop sofa or a blanket and watch punk rock movie favorites until the wee hours on a giant movie screen. Our cheap asses even added surround sound.
Attendees 21+ with festival tickets can purchase a Saturday or Sunday craft beer Tasting Pass in advance for only $17.50 (plus fees). The Tasting Pass will allow entry into The Brews, where during the tasting, attendees can enjoy 15 3 oz. craft beer tastes, choosing from over 200 craft beers from dozens of top breweries. Some of the participating breweries include 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. This marked the first time ever that Stone had worked with a musician for a can release. 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, in California, in this year’s Punk In Drublic concert states, and select surrounding areas. Use the Stone Brewing beer finder to search specific locations: https://find.stonebrewing.com.
Early Bird General Admission tickets, V.U.P. ticket packages, and camping options for Camp Punk In Drublic will be available for purchase Friday, March 30 at 10:00 AM ET, starting at the following prices (plus fees). All tickets include access to view the music stage, and the Tasting Pass includes access to craft beer tastings (for attendees 21 years or older). Layaway plans are also available. Visit www.PunkInDrublicFest.com/camp/ for details on all ticket and camping packages.
Limited Early Bird Weekend Admission (June 2 & 3)
Weekend Festival Admission Passes
$50.00 (increases to $75 at midnight on Friday, March 30)
Very Unimportant Person Lounge + Tasting Pass $249.50
Limited Early Bird Saturday (June 2) or Sunday (June 3) One-Day Admission
General Admission $39.50
Very Unimportant Person Lounge + Tasting Pass $129.50
Note: Service, processing and facility fees are in addition to the price of each camping and admission ticket.
Very Unimportant Person Tickets include: one V.U.P. admission ticket to Camp Punk In Drublic, a dedicated V.U.P. entry lane into venue, and one hour early entry for craft beer tastings (for those 21+), starting at 12:00 PM. V.U.P. ticketholders also receive access to the Very Unimportant Person Lounge, with:
– “Better than average” view of the stage
– Exclusive craft beer tastings
– V.U.P. cash bar
– Private restrooms
– Comfortable areas to sit, relax, and chill
– Additional food available for purchase
50 cents from every festival ticket purchased will be donated to local Thornville, Ohio charities.
Weekend (Friday – Monday) camping add ons start at $99.50 (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, June 1 through Monday, June 4 and do not include admission to the festival unless otherwise noted. (Festival tickets must be purchased prior to camping passes.) Each camping purchase includes a Friday Kickoff Party Pass for up to four campers. Non-campers may purchase add-on Friday Kickoff Party Passes to attend the Friday Night Kickoff Party for $19 (plus fees) in advance or for $40 at the door.
Fat Mike has again joined forces with premier music festival production company (and producers of award-winning breakout festival Lost Lands) Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), and respected craft beer event production powerhouse Brew Ha Ha Productions for the festival.
Camp Punk In Drublic partners include: Stone Brewing, Rockstar Energy Drink, and more.
Legend Valley is a historic outdoor concert venue and campground that has been hosting music festivals and athletic events since the 1970s, including the award-winning four day camping festival Lost Lands. Legend Valley is located at 7585 Kindle Rd, just off I-170 on Route 13 in Thornville, Ohio. The venue is located about 25 miles east of downtown Columbus, OH, just a short drive from many parts of the Midwest. John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) is also easily accessible for those traveling from other parts of the U.S. and the world.
About Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc: Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE) is one of the world’s premier music festival production companies. SGE events include music and lifestyle festivals across a variety of genres and interests, with over 60 major festival dates in 2018. SGE produces or co-produces Back To The Beach; Driftwood; ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival; Knotfest; Lost Lands (named Noiseporn 2017 Festival Of The Year); Moonrise Festival; MUSINK; Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival; Ohana Dana Point; Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival; Sabroso Taco, Craft Beer & Music Festival; WCOL Country Jam; Ye Scallywag!, and more. In addition, SGE co-produced the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and the worldwide Rockstar Taste of Chaos, and created and produced the Identity Festival and Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival. This year’s SGE-affiliated events are projected to sell nearly 1 million tickets overall. In addition to festival production, SGE’s in-house sponsorship agency procures and executes a multitude of partnerships in varying forms for global brands, top-tier artists, international booking agencies and more. www.sgeworldwide.com
About Brew Ha Ha Productions: Brew Ha Ha Productions (BHPP) is one of the largest craft beer centric event producers in the United States. Fueled by a desire to promote craft beer, along with visions of creating unique annual events, Orange County based BHHP has enjoyed an unprecedented 180% growth in 2017. Established in 2010, BHHP’s Award Winning and diverse events now reach beyond OC and California including festivals in Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and Colorado. A ‘For-Profit’ organization whose missions includes giving back, BHHP has helped many non-profits raise awareness and money to further their worthy causes. www.brewhahaproductions.com
About Fat Mike: Fat Mike is a musician, songwriter, producer, record label president, political activist, and champion bowler! Best known as the lead vocalist, bassist and songwriter for long-running punk rock band NOFX, Fat Mike is also bassist and arranger for supergroup cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Additionally, Fat Mike is the co-owner of the Fat Wreck Chords record label in San Francisco. NOFX formed in Los Angeles in 1983 and signed to Epitaph Records in 1989. In 2004, Fat Mike founded Punkvoter.com in an effort to mobilize the punk community to vote, and in turn raised over a million dollars for the Kerry Campaign with the Rock Against Bush compilations. In 2016, NOFX released both a New York Times best-selling book (The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories) and their critically acclaimed 13th album (First Ditch Effort).
About Legend Valley: Legend Valley is a 230 acre live music venue and campground that has hosted concerts, music festivals and athletic events since the 1970s. Located in Central Ohio, this historic outdoor concert venue and campground is home to the award-winning four day camping festival Lost Lands, as well as Camp Punk In Drublic, Hookahville, Gathering of the Juggalos, All Good Festival, Dark Star Jubilee, The Werk Out, WCOL’s Country Jam, and numerous other events.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Though this sounds like a blast we shall not be making the trek. It’s hard enough to get everything done right here in good ole NYC so out of state jaunts are pretty much an impossibility for me based on household demands and logistics involved. That being said, I wonder if you will be heading out to this one and hope you fill us in on the coolness thats going to happen if you do. Chime in down below with your thoughts as all the topical replies will be approved ASAP. Maybe I will do something with the beer company over on “The Chronicles Of Piercing Ken” since we have a vibrant food and drink area over there now. It’s something to consider. Okay, it’s time to get back to the everything else. See you next time.
Punk In Drublic: http://www.PunkInDrublicFest.com/camp
Brew Ha Ha Productions: https://www.brewhahaproductions.com/
Stone Brewery: http://www.stonebrewing.com
Legendary Valley: http://www.legendvalleymusic.com