List of punk rock festivals

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List of punk rock festivals
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General Information
Related genres Punk rock, rock, hardcore punk, pop punk
Location Worldwide
Related events Rock festival, music festival, concert tour, music festival, electronic music festival, historic rock festival
Other Punk culture

The following is an incomplete list of punk rock music festivals. This list may have some overlap with list of rock festivals and list of heavy metal festivals. Punk is a rock music genre that developed between 1974 and 1976 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in garage rock and other forms of what is now known as protopunk music, punk rock bands eschewed perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. By 1976 the first festivals were being organized.[1]


Name Year Location Notes
European Punk Rock Festival 1976 France Mont de Marsan, France In August 1976, the self-described "First European Punk Rock Festival" was held in Mont de Marsan in the southwest of France. Eddie and the Hot Rods, a London pub rock group, headlined. The Sex Pistols, originally scheduled to play, were dropped by the organizers who said the band had gone "too far" in demanding top billing and certain amenities; The Clash backed out in solidarity. The only band from the new punk movement to appear was The Damned.[2] Organised by Zermati, took place at Mont-de-Marsan on 21 August 1976, and featured French bands Bijou, Il Biaritz and Shakin’ Street, as well as The Damned.[3]
100 Club Punk Festival 1976  UK Oxford Street, London A two-day event held at the 100 Club—a typically jazz-oriented venue in Oxford Street, London, England—on 20 and 21 September 1976.[4] The gig showcased eight punk rock bands, most of which were unsigned. The bands in attendance were each associated with the evolving punk rock music scene and movement of the United Kingdom. The concert marked a watershed for the movement, as punk began to move from the underground and emerge into the mainstream music scene.
Deeply Vale Festivals 1976- '79  UK England The Deeply Vale Festivals were unique free festivals held near Bury in northwest England in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979. They are regarded as significant events that united punk music into the festival scene.
Rock Against Racism 1976-  UK United Kingdom
Rock Against Sexism 1978-  UK United Kingdom
Heatwave 1980 Canada Canada Promoted as the Punk Rock Woodstock
Warped Tour 1995-present United States United States The tour is held in venues such as parking lots or fields upon which the stages and other structures are constructed prior to and for the duration of the event. The tour began as a showcase for alternative and punk rock music, and in more recent years featured very diverse genres. It is the longest running touring music festival in North America.
Antifest 1995-present Czech Republic Czech Republic
Deconstruction Tour 1999-present United States [[]] Punk tour
The Fest 2002-present United States Florida
Drop Dead Festival 2003– present (many) United States, Europe An electro, post-punk, synthpunk, and experimental multiple-day festival, and the largest DIY festival for "art-damaged" music.
Mighty Sounds 2005-present Czech Republic Czech Republic
Riot Fest 2005–current  US Chicago
Persistence Tour (many) Europe
Insubordination Fest 2006-present United States Maryland
Estonian Punk Song Festival 2008-present Estonia Estonia
Pop Punk's Not Dead Tour 2011-present United States US, UK United States, United Kingdom
Break The Ice 2012 – present Australia Melbourne, Australia
Common Ground Festival 2004 – present United Kingdom Forest of Dean, England Formally known as the Dirty Weekend Festival, Common Ground is a politically conscious benefit festival, organised a by a small collective of like minded people, featuring underground punk, dub, ska, crust and other genre bands


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  1. Christgau, Robert, "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain" (review), New York Times Book Review, 1996. Retrieved on January 17, 2007.
  2. Strongman (2008), pp. 131–132; Savage (1992), p. 216. Strongman describes one of the Sex Pistols' objectionable requests as "some entourage accommodation". Savage says they were dropped from the festival following a violent altercation between Sid Vicious, then part of the Sex Pistols' "entourage", and journalist Nick Kent at a Pistols gig. It is possible that the organizers were specifically afraid of Vicious's attendance.
  3. "Vive Le Punk".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "History". the 100 Club. Retrieved 4 September 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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