The first Camp Punksylvania in Northeast Pennsylvania is growing into one of the largest music festivals in the region. While it won’t be taking place at Dickson City’s Circle Drive-In Theater until the end of the summer, camping passes have already sold out.
Single day passes and weekend passes are still available at camppunksylvania.com, and other accommodation options can be found nearby. Friday 9th September – Sunday 11th September lineup includes Guttermouth, The Casualties, Get Dead, Mephiskapheles, The Bar Stool Preachers, Chaser, Some Kind of Nightmare, Froggy, Our Darkest Days, Jukebox Romantics, Fat Chance, Racist Kramer, Backyard Superheroes, Working Class Stiffs, Ugli, Doc Rotten, Hipshot, Olde Tigers, Dissidente, The Whiskey Bats, Bern and the Bastards, Middle Aged Queers, The Mostly Dead, Cardboard Homestead, The What Nows, Sorry Mom, Pink Snot , one-sided and more to be announced.
The event will also feature after parties, bonfires, food, late night movies, games, vendors, alcohol and “and a whole lot more”. In March, organizers, Riot Squad Media, spoke to NEPA Scene about the origins of the festival.
“Following the news that Camp Anarchy Ohio was no longer happening, we wanted to make sure we could stay connected with the people we’ve met at the festival over the past few years. We decided to meet up in the backyard in central Pennsylvania with a few bands around a campfire. Eventually, others got wind of this mini-meeting, so we decided to make it a bit more accessible for people to enjoy. COVID reached the peak of our planning and pretty much shut everything down. It was a stroke of luck for us at the time. To be honest, we had no idea what we were doing. We took this time to rethink camp and turn it into something more serious than a backyard party,” they recalled.
“After some venue changes and various other obstacles, the very first Camp Punksylvania finally took place in September 2021 at the Four Quarters in Artemas, Pennsylvania. With 23 bands in the lineup spread over three days [including Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Queers, Blanks 77, and Public Serpents], Camp Punksylvania saw just over 300 weekend campers each day, as well as about 100 day pass holders. An all-ages event, Camp Punksylvania hosted participants from all over the East Coast, parts of the Midwest and West Coast, Canada and more, ranging in age from 12 to 75 years old. One of Camp Punksylvania’s main goals was to bring people together and that’s exactly what we did in 2021. Guests flocked to the stage for performances, explored the grounds, made new friends, and participated in fun events like a crazy conga line, campfire sing-alongs, morning coffee, and more. This year we’re going one better!’
They also explained their decision to relocate to the Scranton area and locate at Circle Drive-In (1911 Scranton/Carbondale Hwy., Dickson City).
“After a hugely successful and fun first year, we decided it would be best to find a place to call home. Over the years, we’ve attended several events at the Circle Drive-In (says to the Scranton Punk Collective!), such as flea markets, film festivals and more. The Electric City has a vibrant scene and so much to do. When we immediately felt accepted by the local community, the punk scene, and the owners of the Circle Drive-In, it felt like second nature. We are honored to work with such wonderful people to plant our seeds in Scranton and make this the official home of Camp Punksylvania for many years to come.”
“I am delighted to be hosting Camp Punksylvania again this year at our new venue, the Circle Drive-In. Our group worked so hard to make this year even more amazing than last year. While I can’t say too much just yet, this is just the beginning,” said Terry Smith, co-founder and executive producer at Riot Squad.
“One of our main goals, aside from making our guests have a great time, is to get them hearing things they may not have heard before. We really wanted to make sure we deliver this year’s line-up. There is so much great music made by wonderful people and we’re thrilled to showcase some of it,” added Laura Rose, co-founder and director of operations and public relations.
“If we can get you to come to Guttermouth and fall in love with Froggy and Working Class Stiffs, our job is done.”
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, photographer, and podcast host. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.