Just as Rock on the Range was killed off, only to be replaced by the genetically identical Sonic Temple, Punk in Drublic returns as Camp Anarchy May 31-June 2
Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE) today announced Camp Anarchy, "a new camping, craft beer and punk music festival" at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, featuring The Offspring, Rancid, NOFX, Bad Religion, Pennywise, X, Suicidal Tendencies, Less Than Jake, Fear and more.
If the premise of this fest sounds familiar, it's because it's a near carbon copy of SGE's Punk in Drublic, the camping/beer/punk-rock event the promoter debuted this past spring at Legend Valley. (Read our review.)
Camp Anarchy isn't the first Central Ohio rock fest to re-tool in the past few months. Rock on the Range recently ended its run, but then a nearly identical fest, Sonic Temple, emerged; last month Sonic Temple announced headliners Foo Fighters, System of a Down, Disturbed and more. The new fest is so close to RotR that, as Billboard recently reported, AEG is suing Danny Wimmer Presents, alleging the promoter illegally divorced itself from the two companies' co-promoted festival, killed RotR (and another fest, Carolina Rebellion) and then re-launched the same fest under a new name with sole ownership.
The "Fat Mike presents Camp Punk in Drublic" re-brand likely stems from controversy stirred up this past May by NOFX's Fat Mike and Eric Melvin, which led to the band getting booted from the 2018 fest after the two made onstage comments deemed insensitive in the wake of a mass shooting. “I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you’re in a country band,” guitarist Eric Melvin said, referencing the October 2017 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, which left 58 dead. “At least they were country fans and not punk rock fans,” Fat Mike added.
Punk in Drublic removed the band from the fest, saying in a statement, “While NOFX is known for their dark, uncomfortable humor, the festival producers of Camp Punk In Drublic are shocked and disappointed by the band’s recent statements about the Route 91 Harvest Festival victims and country music fans. These statements do not reflect the feelings or views of the Camp Punk In Drublic festival, its staff, and its sponsors.” (NOFX's fifth album, Punk in Drublic, inspired the fest's name.)
The band later apologized, saying, “What we said in Vegas was shitty and insensitive and we are all embarrassed by our remarks.”
Perhaps this is what happens when a company with the word "Synergy" in its name monetarily ties itself to a punk-rock act whose discography includes album titles like White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean and Pump up the Valuum.
But, SGE hasn't distanced itself from the band completely. NOFX will play a headlining slot at Camp Anarchy on Saturday, June 2. Here's the just-announced daily band lineup for the new-but-not-really-new festival:
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
According to a press release, general admission tickets are $49.50 (plus fees) for single-day tickets and $99.50 (plus fees) for weekend passes. A limited number of VIP packages will also be available.