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DR. MARTENS AT PUNK ROCK BOWLING 2018

Every May, Las Vegas becomes the most punk city in the world. That’s when tens of thousands of people who love wild, rebellious, fast and loud rock-n-roll — and competitive bowling — hit up Vegas for the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival. This year, the festival turned 20, and celebrated with a sweet lineup of performances from legends like Rise Against, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Turbonegro, Suicidal Tendencies, and the Dwarves.

What started as a bunch of punks getting together to bowl in Las Vegas has, after 20 years, become one of the most influential, must-see festivals in the punk community. We couldn’t agree more — which is why we were there, hanging out downtown on a strip of astro-turf to witness PRB’s legendary lineup, host a few signings and facilitate some sweet free customization by Vegas art collective ISI. Here’s some of the highlights:

 

UK hardcore pioneers and legendary street punks GBH ruled the stage with an unforgettable set.

Photo by Madison Stern

You can’t not crowd surf during a Suicidal Tendencies set.

Photo by Madison Stern

One festival-goer’s 1460s, customized by a member of the Vegas-based art collective ISI Group.

An artist from the ISI Group — which stands for Industry Supporting Industry — does his thing on a pair of 1460s.

There’s nothing quite like the soothing sounds of Turbonegro’s extra-loud, Norwegian-style death rock.

Photo by Madison Stern

90s Ska kings — and old-school Docs fans — the Mighty Mighty Bosstones took the stage in style.

Photo by Madison Stern

Late night festivities continued at the Beauty Bar, with a solo set from the Aggrolites’ Jesse Wagner.

Photo by Rob Wallace

Watch what went down:

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