Summon your anti-establishment sentiments and let the freedom of rock expression overtake you for San Antonio’s own Remember the Punks music festival, an all-day, all-punk experience bringing together the old and new of the punk scene to Alamo City Music Hall on Saturday, Oct. 1.
General admission tickets, which start at $49, and a limited amount of VIP tickets, priced at $150, go on sale Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased here.
San Antonio-based booking and promotion companies Twin Productions and Korova Entertainment have each spent more than 15 years developing the scene and are thrilled to bring together throw-back headliners such as The Vandals, The Exploited, and MXPX, while making sure that San Antonio has some of it’s own punk flavor thrown in there.
“There will be a lot of young bands such as PEARS, Potato Pirates, and San Antonio’s Piñata Protest,” said Angel Castorena, festival curator and founder of Korova Entertainment. “They are still displaying that energy and it’s growing.”
The festival is a product of a careful brewing of the imaginations between Castorena and Erica Vigilante of Twin Productions, an idea that, after two years, has finally come to fruition.
“One thing I’ve expressed is that this is our own, we’re going to grow this from the ground up,” Castorena said. “This is not a touring festival that is making a stop in San Antonio, this is a Texas music festival.”
The Remember the Punks lineup features more than 25 bands across two stages. This is the only Texas stop for the headliners, who will keep with the spirit of the festival and play alongside acts from San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, and Corpus Christi.
For fans of the early days of the Warped Tour, you can expect a similar experience with notable performers such as Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Casualties, SlapShot, Sloppy Seconds, The Toasters and D.I. taking the stage.
“This festival is inspired by startup festivals like Punk Rock Bowling in Vegas and The Fest in Florida,” Castorena said. “I collaborated with Erica to curate a lineup that would feature a balance of national bands our city knows and loves year after year, along with some first time in a long time-type performances.”
According to Castorena, punk rock tends to get forgotten in conversations around music, and it’s important to ensure that, like our rebellious warriors who crossed that line at the Alamo, San Antonio remembers the punk.
“I feel confident in saying that San Antonio has caught up with the current trend (in punk music),” Castorena said. “It’s more than the music, we’re all about the growth and development, and we don’t want to forget the roots of where we came from.”
From ska punk to pop punk, hard punk to just good ole’ punk rock, the festival will touch on all elements of this art form, variations that help create balance in the music.
“We’re keeping San Antonio what it is – a unique place where many elements come together,” Castorena said. “It can help keep our true values in place, just like the punk rock community does.”
For more information on the festival and some of the performers, click here.
Top image: Piñata Protest will perform at the Remember the Punks music festival on Oct. 1. Photo courtesy of Piñata Protest.