“Warfest” returns to the Gaslamp in Long Beach April 23rd and 24th. After a two- year hiatus, the annual punk show will play two-nights with various lineups, both headlined by OC punk legends, T.S.O.L. Past years have showcased some of the best in Southern California bands such as Guttermouth, D.I., and Chaser.
T.S.O.L. is no stranger to playing back to back nights, having just done a two night stand celebrating the 40th anniversary of Beneath the Shadows in January, the punk rock icons are ready to play Saturday and Sunday night.
The band first got their start nearly 45 years ago in the burgeoning Orange County punk scene and helped establish the scene along with fellow pioneers, Social Distortion and the Adolescents. If their set at Punk in Drublic in Ventura last month is any indicator, this band shows no signs of slowing down. Lead singer Jack Grisham’s vocals are as strong as ever, and the band seems particularly tight these days. They headlined the second stage and drew just as big a crowd as any that weekend.
GASLAMP | LONG BEACH
April 23rd & 24th, 2022
T.S.O.L. will be joined by a separate coheadliner each night. Night 1 will feature Agent Orange, who headlined Warfest 2020, which was the last time the music event took place. Most recently Agent Orange headlined the “Let’s Go” tour across the country that went through February and March, concluding at the Wayfarer in Costa Mesa.
Other than T.S.O.L., the only band to be playing both nights will be fan favorite Authority Zero. Drummer Chris Dalley announced they will be playing the “Andiamo” album in its entirety on Saturday and “A Passage in Time” on Sunday. The latter album celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Also playing Saturday will be Dissension, who kicked off April by recently playing a show with Ill Repute at Alex’s Bar.
Saturday’s bill will also feature American Made, Spider, and Quazimoto.
Co-headlining Sunday night will be Los Angeles’ own, The Dickies.
Last year the band commemorated their first show ever at the Whiskey with a return the the world famous venue with the Queers. The Dickies recently released “A Gary Glitter Getaway,” their first single of original material in two decades.
Also playing Sunday night will be Ch 3, who played a pair of holiday shows last year – their annual one with T.S.O.L, and then served as a last minute replacement opening the Vandals Christmas show at the House of Blues. Infamous Stiffs will be celebrating a record release party Sunday night for their new album titled “Kill for the Sound” on Riot Records.
Opening Sunday’s night will be the new band, The Clowns who will also be playing the following Sunday night opening for D.I.
This festival is destined to be one we talk about for some time.