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.
You can’t not crowd surf during a Suicidal Tendencies set.
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.
90s Ska kings — and old-school Docs fans — the Mighty Mighty Bosstones took the stage in style.
Late night festivities continued at the Beauty Bar, with a solo set from the Aggrolites’ Jesse Wagner.
Watch what went down: