Fat Mike of NOFX's Beer and Punk Festival is hitching itself to the Slam Dunk Festival wagon for two HUGE UK shows this weekend.
After Green Day brought a day of full of punk legends to the capital in the summer of 2017 - with the likes Rancid, Gogol Bordello and SWMRS joining the Oakland trio - this year it's the turn of Fat Mikes band of merry bands to remind us that punk may be old and fat but it is far from dead.
NOFX will be joined by Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, Lagwagon, Millencolin, The Interrupters, Mad Caddies and The Bombpops. With the bands gracing the North, in Leeds, on 25th May, they then head South to play Hatfield on the 26th. The Fat Mike curated stage will be part of Slam Dunk Festival this year, joining an already stellar festival line-up.
NOFX's unapologetic brand of hardcore keeps them one of the most exhilarating live bands throughout their 30+ year career. Where many of their contemporaries have fallen in cringe worthy obscurity (we are looking at you Suicidal Tendencies), NOFX are still leaving their fans battered and bruised but with a huge grin on their face after every show.
Going on before NOFX, are the band who inspired their more melodic take on hardcore, Bad Religion. Their 1988 album, Suffer, has been credited by Fat Mike, as one of the albums that changed how they saw punk music. Bad Religion have been one of the most iconic hardcore bands ever, their upside down cross being adorned on many a teenagers chest and a patch on any good punks tatty jacket. Having released an explosive new album this year, Age of Unreason, Bad Religion have more than proved they still have it.
Joining these titans of hardcore Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, Lagwagon, Millencolin, The Interrupters, Mad Caddies and The Bombpops are a group of punk bands coming out with equally exciting live shows. Anyone who has seen Anti-Flag or Lagwagon over the last twenty years knows they are still as angry as they have ever been. This is set to be the punk show of the year.