If you've been waiting for the Elm St. Music & Tattoo Festival to come around to get that (next) Friday the 13th tattoo, then you've gotten good practice exercising patience. Now in its third year, the annual music, tattoo and burlesque marathon has made it a habit of skipping around throughout the calendar, and this time it makes for a long wait: Last year's fest took place in June, and, with this year's not happening till November, that's almost 18 months.
So Tattoo Fest organizers decided to throw us all a bone by dropping the first round of band announcements yesterday afternoon. No surprise, headlining the festival will be festival cofounder Rev. Horton Heat, who played last year on the big stage at Trees. This year he'll have an even bigger stage to play, thanks to the arrival of The Bomb Factory, which the Tattoo Fest has made a point of including in this year's festivities. (No surprise there either.)
The real news here, though, comes with the rest of the lineup, which follows in the punk and ska spirit that's been established by festival cofounders (and Three Links co-owners) Scott Beggs and Oliver Peck. Agnostic Front will be kicking off the party on Thursday night, November 12, with three days of music set to follow, including New York punks Leftover Crack, Seattle's the Briefs, Austin's Lower Class Brats and double duty from Los Angeles hardcore band the Bronx, who will also moonlight as their alter egos Mariachi El Bronx.
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With four days of music planned, there will be plenty more acts announced in the coming months (and, yes, plenty more time to do so). But know this much: Music will be spread between The Bomb Factory, Trees and Three Links, with the 24-hour Friday the 13th tattoo marathon kicking off at 12 a.m. sharp. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, August 7, at noon.