Scraping Genius Off The Wheel


  • Gary Suarez

PIT ROMNEY: DATES ANNOUNCED, BUT NOT MUCH ELSEWith the Republican Presidential caucus/primary season in full ludicrous swing with Mitt Romney slumping towards the inevitable party nomination, we turn now to the far less polarizing coverage of the 2012 hardcore festival season. Because I like to be cheeky, I’ll be running this coverage under the Pit Romney heading. Here we go!

Joe Hardcore has been both vocal and yet tight-lipped about This Is Hardcore 2012. After adding an additional day to the already jam-packed 2011 event, he’s opted to continue that this year with a Thursday August 9th show at Union Transfer. The real surprise, however, is that the venue for the main Friday August 10th – Sunday August 12 affair remains in flux:

This is the first year we’ve ever took a serious look at other options for the festival and its not something we’re rushing into or deciding upon harshly. There are a few options on the table as we speak and we’re not totally SET on moving but its something we need to think about. We will be posting as soon as we have information regarding the site of the fest this year. It will stay in the same area as This Is Hardcore Fest always has so don’t worry about needing to find new favorite hotels or not knowing how to find it.

Also this week, United Blood, whose organizer(s) got a bit testy last year when I offered some criticism of the number of year-on-year repeats in its lineup, has announced its dates for the 2012 festival: March 30-31. No word on the lineup yet, though I suspect another hefty showing of local Richmond, VA acts, hopefully augmented this time by some excitement-generating headliners.

Almost simultaneously, Black N Blue Productions revealed May 19 as the date for the next Black N Blue Bowl, which will once again take place at New York City’s Webster Hall. Last year’s show featured reunion sets from Gorilla Biscuits and Absolution, which makes me wonder how exactly BNB plan to top it in 2012.

Seattle’s Rain Fest returns to Neumos from May 25-27. Wasting little time, the first band announcement will take place this Saturday.

And finally, though I believe it has been known for some time, California’a Sound And Fury 2012 will take place from July 20-22.

So if you live near these fests or are the sort who likes to jetset for hardcore festivals, you’ve got all the info you need to start plugging bids into Priceline.


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