I REQUEST FEST – Punk in the Time of COVID-19

What is the world coming to? My younger punk self would never believe what a germophobe I’ve become. “Baby punk” me used to jump on mattresses in trash strewn alleyways. The punker, younger me wouldn’t bat an eye at swimming in a river, shiny with oil and carrying the waste of a city, on a cold spring day. There were a good amount of drunk nights licking – literally – bottoms of boots in stupors of stupidity. Today I’ve washed my hands ten times before 10 AM and took an unseasonably early shower after getting back from the outside world…

Not that there’s much going on out there right now.

Gigs, concerts, and fests are shutting down; cancelling one by one. Venues, promoters, and many stranded musicians are left with shuttered shows, postponed tours, and useless merchandise. The Calendar is left in neglect and disrepair because there are too many fliers with the word ‘cancelled’ on them being posted every minute to keep up. This whole ‘global threat’ thing is starting to look like a huge bummer.

But it doesn’t have to be.

As my plans for the week, the month, the summer began to crumble, I began to really miss the tediousness; the excitement; the fun of a weekend filled with gigs and friends. And when I’m not busy missing the real world, I’m busy trying to find something to do. It doesn’t take long either. If you know this blog, the YouTube channel, or follow Turn on the Tube on Instagram, you know it’s no task to bore me. And I began to think…

If no one is can throw a fest, I’ll just throw my own. If no one can go outside, I’ll bring the fest home. I Request Fest was born.

I Request’s line up is comprised entirely of footage found on Youtube of bands YOU requested. 3 days. 10 shows. Over 100 punk bands. All streamed directly to your living room, your bedroom, your bathroom for all I care. Join me and other quarantined fest goers this weekend by… logging into the livestream.

Tune in on the YouTube channel to reserve your spot in the front row for I Request Fest and check below to see when your favorite band is playing.

I REQUEST FEST LINEUP

FRIDAY 

FRIDAY BASEMENT SHOW 3PM-5PM EST
X2000
Maximum Roach
SSBlock
ASPBTSLATR
Simulacro
Destino Final
Combat Force
Baghead
Fluke
Satanic Togas
Big Laugh
Q
Laffing Gas

FRIDAY VENUE GIG – 6PM-9PM EST
AOL
Cruelster
CB Radio Gorgeous
Goosebumps
Android
Matrix
Eteraz
Public Acid
Vaaska
Secretors
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads
Ferocious X
Inmates


LATE WAREHOUSE GIG – 10PM-12:30 EST
PCP and the Knives
Not Shit
Fuckin’ Lovers
Policy
Surfbort
Bugg
CT-85
Wild Side
Extended Hell
Lard Boys
86 Gemini
Gag
Muro
Nosferatu

SATURDAY

STUDIO MATINEE – 12PM-2PM EST
R. Clown
Moss!
Kneeler
Perverts Again
The Resource Network
Glue
Witewash
Institute
Big Hog
Sial
Recide
Lumpy and the Dumpers

BAR GIG – 3PM-5PM EST
BB Eye
Slump
Zig Zag
Reek Minds
Research Reactor Corp
Rolex
Subversive Rite

SATURDAY VENUE GIG – 6PM-9PM EST
Zodd
Twompsax
Dollhouse
Cadaver Dog
Smut
L.O.T.I.O.N. Multinational Corporation
Warm Bodies
Protocol
AJAX
Gouge Away
Skitklass
Bloodkrow Butcher

LATE LATE GIG – 10PM-12:30AM EST
Adderall
Waterheads
Toyota
Subliminal Excess
Grimly Forming
FORM
Murderer
Sniper Culture
Wacko
SHIT
ARGH
Sexpill

SUNDAY

SUNDAY MATINEE – 10AM-1PM EST
Mutant Strain
POX
Warm Red
Nick Normal
Disco Junk
Post Teens
Big Bleach
Beta Boys
Goon
Blotter
Electric Chair
Blazing Eye
Bib

SUNDAY BASEMENT SHOW – 2PM-5PM EST
Neotypes
Hologram
Torturer
Scarecrow
Dame
Liquids
Plexi
The Bug
Iron Cages
Gee Tee
Fuga
Coneheads
Acrylics

SUNDAY VENUE GIG – 6PM-9:30PM EST
Long Knife
Nihilistic Fit
Googon
Pinocchio
Mala Leche
Judy and the Jerks
Physique
Armor
Cadaver Dog
Tozcos
CCTV
Zyanose
Haram