Monday, June 19, 2017

Culture: Impressions From Punk Island 2017

(Drivebycuriosity) - Punk is still alive and kicking. Yesterday my wife and I pilgrimed to Randall´s Island, an island east of Harlem, New York City. There we attended "Punk Island", a free of charge annual rock festival, which celebrated its 10th anniversary. We followed a beloved tradition. We have been going to these events for years and had always enjoyed them because they offered a broad spectrum of styles, even that all focused on the rough realm of punk.

Randall´s Island replaced the former venues, Governors Island & Staten Island, which also belong  to New York City. I think the change is a good idea. There were more green meadows and plenty of trees which provide shade against the torching sun.

About 100 bands played on 7 stages. We were overwhelmed by the sheer size of the festival and the summer heat. So we watched just a fraction of the performances, but we took pleasure in what we heard & saw. I apologize to all the bands we missed. Above images from "American Pinup", "Scarboro" & "The Jukebox Romantics".

"Punk Island 2017" was a very peaceful and friendly party as in the years before. Those who liked to let some steam off participated at the dynamic circle runs and jump dances before the stages.

Others enjoyed the concerts sitting in the green grass like attending a family picnic. 

Punk Island was a lot of fun again. Thanks to bands & organizers.

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