Festival Review: Punk In The Park 2022 at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA

In what will hopefully become a tradition, Punk In The Park took over Oak Canyon Park in Orange County, California for a packed weekend of craft beer tastings and a whopping dose of live music that was capped off by headliners Bad Religion and Dropkick Murphys. With unlimited beer tasting kicking off at noon and the first bands hitting the stage at 12:15, the lines to get in each day were ample but those early arrivers were not only treated to only an impressive array of craft beer options but also to ripping sets by Saturday openers Suzi Moon and Sunday openers The Vulturas.

With 15 bands each day across two stages the music played practically nonstop except for a few mainstage change-overs amounting to nearly 9 hours of live tunes. That kept the PITP crowd on their feet shuffling between the stages, beer tents, and merch booths. Of course, the big question on everyone’s minds on Saturday was what band would be taking the place of the Dead Kennedys who dropped last minute due to the untimely passing of drummer D.H. Peligro. For those that visited the Punk Rock & Paintbrushes tent, the logical answer was right in front of them … the artwork of Warren Fitzgerald hanging in a prominent location. Of course, not everyone connected the dots so when The Vandals backdrop was raised on the mainstage, the crowd response was loud!

The fact that there was zero cell coverage in the canyon was a bit of a mixed blessing; after last year’s Punk In Drublic, attendees were hopefully hip to the issue and prepared accordingly and festival organizers arranged shuttle buses to get attendees without a designated driver safely to an Uberable location. While last year you saw people wandering around with their cell phones in hand searching for an inkling of reception, this year the crowd was more engaged and the only phones in sight were being used for pics and videos.

Of course, the band lineup was stacked!  Bad Religion had an expectedly crushing set and Dropkick Murphys took a break from their acoustic tour to plug in and turn up so Ken Casey could rock the full width of the stage. The Bouncing Souls and Anti-Flag probably brought the biggest sing-alongs of the weekend and hot damn was 7 Seconds a sight for sore eyes, returning this year after an extended hiatus. Other mainstage highlights included Good Riddance, The Bronx (duh!), and Beach Rats who brought a little Jersey hardcore to the West Coast punks along with a second dose of Brian Baker for the weekend. The smaller side stage had plenty of action as well with Swingin’ Utters, Pulley, Channel 3, Manic Hispanic, The Flatliners, and Bad Cop/Bad Cop delivering excellent sets in front of huge crowds.

With more beers than could be sampled and a lineup featuring some of the best in punk rock, Punk In The Park was nothing but a good time and with nearly 20,000-weekend attendees here’s to hoping that it’ll be back in 2023.

Punk In The Park Day #1

Bad Religion

Face To Face

The Vandals

Manic Hispanic

Adolescents

The Flatliners

7 Seconds

Love Canal

Subhumans

Bad Cop/Bad Cop

The Bronx

Slaughterhouse

The Briefs

TV Party

Suzi Moon

 

Punk In The Park Day #2

Dropkick Murphys

Bouncing Souls

The Murder City Devils

Anti-Flag

Swingin’ Utters

Good Riddance

Channel 3

Voodoo Glow Skulls

Pulley

Beach Rats

Mercy Music

Urethane

Winter Haven

The Vulturas

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