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A Punk Fest with ‘no egos, no rock star bullsh*t’

Rise Against, Rancid, The Descendents and more for inaugural punk fest with a twist

Legendary punk outfits Rise Against, Rancid, Jawbreaker and The Descendents are set to headline the inaugural “1234FEST”: a one-day live music experience coming to Denver, CO and Philadelphia, PA in the fall of 2023.

“1234FEST”, which was conceived and curated by the members of Jawbreaker and their team, is scheduled for Saturday, September 9 at The JunkYard in Denver and on Sunday, September 23 at Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Philadelphia, with the two days boasting identical lineups. The event will also includes performances from Joyce ManorPussy Riot, and Dillinger Four.

West Bay Invitational promoters, Rich Egan, confirmed that they are aiming to host an anti-festival by offering a compact lineup consisting of an arena headliner, legendary artists, fresh faces, and an all-female group. According to Egan, this is true punk rock, reminiscent of the hall shows of the past.

“We wanted to put on the anti-festival,” explains West Bay Invitational’s Rich Egan. “This isn’t 200 bands on 10 stages. It feels like an insanely stacked line-up you’d see at hall shows back in the day and all of these bands have approached it that way. No egos, no rock star bullshit. We have an arena headliner, legends and heroes sharing a stage with new blood and a groundbreaking women powered band. This is punk rock.”

Rise Against’s latest album, Nowhere Generation, released in June 2021, has received critical acclaim for its portrayal of the current state of the American Dream and the unfairness of today’s social and economic environment for the youth. Frontman Tim McIlrath described the album as “dystopian art,” meant to inspire people to bring about change.

Tickets for the festival are available from today at 10 AM ET through Citi and artist presales. Additional presales will be available during the week, with the general on-sale starting on Friday, June 23, at 10 AM local time via the Ticketmaster website.

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