- 31 May 21
Rock festival Punk in the Park appeared to go off without a hitch on May 29th. Republican Governor Doug Ducey allowed bars to resume normal operations and lifted local mask mandates in Arizona from March 25th.
North America's first large-scale rock festival since pandemic restrictions have been eased was held in Tempe, Arizona last Saturday.
Punk in the Park Arizona featured headliners Pennywise, Face To Face, Strung Out, Good Riddance, H2O, and more.
Celebrating the return of live music, the first-ever Punk in the Park fest was staged at Tempe’s Big Surf waterpark. Among the other bands on the line-up were Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Bombpops, and Slaughterhouse, with most acts playing their first gig in front of an actual live audience in over a year.
Over 4,000 people were in attendance at the rock concert, with room for everyone to social distance if they so wished, according to Consequence of Sound.
Headliners Pennywise closed out the day's event - with original members Jim Lindberg (vocals), Fletcher Dragge (guitars), and Byron McMackin (drums), plus longtime bassist Randy Bradbury, delivering more than 30 years of songs.
— Strung Out (@StrungOut) April 16, 2021
In terms of US festivals being held this summer, Washington D.C.'s Echostage is among the first to return. The electronic-focused venue in Northeast will see Zedd perform on June 11, David Guetta on June 17 and Tiësto on June 18.