Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (May 13, 2018) – Thousands of fans gathered at the Punk in Drublic Craft Beer and Music Festival at The Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA, today despite the rain and uncharacteristically cold weather. Can you blame them? Few things pair better than music and beer, and Splice was there to capture the revelry.
The festival is the brainchild of
NoFx bassist, “ Fat Mike” Burkett, who sought to create a cool event that he’d actually want to attend – one that featured great music and alcohol. He succeeded on both counts. Attendees were greeted at the gate with a small glass which they could use to sample craft beer (for free!) from a plethora of breweries. Fat Mike collaborated with Stone Brewing to create the Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager to mark the occasion, much to the delight of fans who lined up to sample the delicious brew. We felt compelled to join them, purely for journalistic integrity of course, but let’s not forget this is a music festival, so on with the show.
The Last Gang kicked off the festivities on a thunderous note, warming up the crowd with a hard-driving punk sound that reminded us why we love the genre, to begin with! Lead vocalist, Brenna Red, embodied the punk ethos and we loved her grit and powerful delivery.
After a too-short set, the Mad Caddies entertained the audience with some great ska-influenced tunes sending the crowd into a bouncy mass, thanks in part to Eduardo Hernandez’s infectious trombone playing and animated style.
Next up was The Interrupters, who continued to keep the crowd on their feet with their contagious enthusiasm and catchy rhythms. If Joan Jett and Gwen Stefani had a child it would be the lead vocalist, Aimee Interrupter, who clearly loves her job, her bandmates, and the fans.
As if things couldn’t get any better, Bad Religion took the stage and launched into one of their classics, “Recipe For Hate” which just riled up concert-goers into a perfect crowd-surfing frenzy. As you’d expect, “F**k You”, sent fingers soaring and energy rising.
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The Punk in Drublic Craft Beer and Music Festival proves that punk’s not dead! If you weren’t part of the scene back in the day, or are still a die-hard punk rocker with a mortgage and 2.5 kids, you’ll want to get yourself to a show to sing along. Or mosh, we don’t judge.
The Last Gang: