Skull Fest Show Series Set to Sweep Pittsburgh & Smash Speakers
Gear up and prepare to be mind blown by music all weekend long at this year’s Skull Fest, a 4-day celebration of underground punk and metal, which will commence on Thursday, August 20 at several spots around the city.
The first night will begin at The Shop (all ages) at 6PM, where bands No Tomorrow, Isotope, Blind Dog and Eyeroll will perform. Music will follow for the 21+ crowd at Brillobox and Gooski’s, starting at 9PM, and Cobra Cabana at 10PM.
One of this year’s highlights includes a performance Thursday night at Brillobox by Belgian grindcore band, Agathocles. This will be the band’s first and only U.S. appearance to date. The band formed in 1985 in the city of Mol, Belgium, where its original members were involved in the underground punk and metal scene in the early 80s. The band is also known for producing large quantities of spit seven-inch EPs. Watch them perform at 9PM.
Friday shows start at 5PM at the Rock Room. Check out a diverse selection of bands throughout the night like Pittsburgh’s Caustic Christ, playing the downstairs level of Cattivo starting at 6PM; or Crimson Scarlet, a five-piece punk band from California, playing the upstairs level at 8:30PM. Later, bands Latex and Drug Lust will get everyone hype at the Rock Room starting at 9PM.
Performances for Saturday and Sunday start at 1PM each day. And for the second year in a row, Peace Through Strength will host a benefit show as part of this year’s Skull Fest. The show starts at 11AM on Saturday at Camp Clarke. All proceeds from the benefit will be donated to a fund set up by Baltimore United for Change – a legal defense movement for the people arrested in the protests following the killing of Freddy Gray in Baltimore last spring. The performers will include Baltimore’s raw punk band Humanmania, and Pittsburgh’s Unstitched and Preppers, a local two-piece basement punk band. The show is $5 for those without a Skull Fest pass. Breakfast burritos and Bloody Marys will be available to purchase at the show.
Passes for the four-day festival are $70, but individual tickets ranging from $5-$15 can be bought for each event. (Note: The pass will not include entry for underagers at 21+ venues.) To see the list of the events in its entirety, check out the Skull Fest website.