Photos: Iggy Pop, Bad Religion + More Rock the Punk Rock Bowling & Music Fest in Las Vegas
Now in its 18th year, Punk Rock Bowling & Music has proven to be one of, if not the biggest, punk festivals around, and this year's Las Vegas edition took place over Memorial Day weekend.
Although the fest didn't officially start until Saturday, the festivities kicked off on Friday night with a club show that featured seminal New York band Television as well as long time punk legends the Avengers and Alice Bag.
With the festival at its new home at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, Day 1 featured performances from the Interrupters, Plague Vendor, Off!, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and the godfather of punk himself, Iggy Pop. The near capacity crowd sang along as Iggy ran through a setlist that included solo and Stooges favorites like "No Fun," "I Wanna Be Your Dog" (watch below) and "Lust for Life."
The second day was just as action packed, featuring sets from a reunited Choking Victim, a sing-along set from the Bouncing Souls, and that night's headliners, the always anthemic Bad Religion boasting a surprise appearance from Fat Mike of NOFX (watch below).
Although the weather was a few degrees warmer for Day 3, that didn't stop the punks from showing up. With sets from veteran English punks Discharge, a rousing and colorful set from the Adicts, punk rock anthems by Pennywise and a spectacular set from headliners Cock Sparrer, it was the perfect ending to a fun-filled weekend.
Check out our exclusive photos from the Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival in Las Vegas in the gallery above. Other editions of the festival will also take place in Denver, Colo., and Asbury Park, N.J., in June with different lineups. Get the details here.
Iggy Pop Performs "I Wanna Be Your Dog" at Punk Rock Bowling & Music Fest
Fat Mike Crashes Bad Religion's Set at Punk Rock Bowling & Music Fest