Louisville's Krazy Fest Resurrected in 2011
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 13:50:27
Can you say "Resurrection?" Southeast punk rock festival Krazy Fest will make its triumphant return to the music festival forefront next month after an eight-year hiatus. The long-awaited comeback of Kentucky's premiere punk weekend is set to kick off on Friday, May 20th and continue through Sunday, May 22nd, with performances by Krazy Fest alumni Hot Water Music, Hot Rod Circuit, Bane, Cave In and Bouncing Souls, as well as festival newcomers Against Me!, Anti-Flag, Lucero, Title Fight and more, scheduled to take place throughout the three day extravaganza at Louisville's Expo 5.
Single day tickets and three day passes for Krazy Fest 2011 are on sale now through the Krazy Fest website.
"Louisville and this region needed a festival of this style to come back," said festival organizer, Andy Tinsley. "Back in the day you stopped in Louisville on your tour, but over the last eight years, so many bands skip over it. I want to get Louisville back to having quality shows, even if it's just once a year. Hopefully this puts Louisville back on their radar."
Krazy Fest's inaugural weekend took place back in 1998, a vision of Initial Records founder Andy Rich. The festival continued to grow over the next six years, and featured such acclaimed acts as AFI, Jimmy Eat World, Andrew W.K., Snapcase, Hatebreed, Dashboard Confessional and more, as it became a staple in the regional and national music scene, and a crucial destination for bands' summer touring plans.
However, Krazy Fest closed its doors in 2003, hoping to one day be spawned again.
Well, the spawn has awakened!
Finally nearly a decade later, Krazy Fest makes its return to a region starved of a true punk rock weekend to call its own. Continued Tinsley, "I want it to feel like Krazy Fest never ended. I want it to feel like it's Krazy Fest 2004."
He finished, "Me personally, all of the older bands on this lineup, I have history with all these bands - booked shows, toured, etc. I've shared beds and floors all around the world with these bands. We're all in this punk family, and all of us want to come together and have a good time, and not have it be all the chaos that these other festivals tend to be. You could always rely on Krazy Fest as a weekend to see people you don't get to see as much as you'd like to. Everyone's here to play music and hang out, like a punk rock family reunion."
Are you going to attend Krazy Fest?