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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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