Back in March Gossip Wolf reported on the five-year anniversary festival for local hardcore label Not Normal Tapes, and the celebration finally begins this weekend! The blowout starts tomorrow afternoon and punk groups are flying in from all around the US (Texas, Oklahoma, Rhode Island) to help a mess of local bands honor Not Normal. The lineup is killer, and I’m particularly interested in the Saturday night show: it features demented, acid-fried Indiana hardcore group Big Zit and Wisconsin’s Tenement, a three-piece Luca Cimarusti hails for their perfect take on fuzzy midwestern pop punk.
The festival starts tomorrow afternoon and takes place at venues here in town and in northwest Indiana—they’re mostly DIY spots so if you’re eager to check out a show I suggest e-mailing Not Normal cofounders Ralph Rivera and Raven DiMichele for information at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the full lineup head to Not Normal’s Tumblr. And if you need to brush up on the history of Not Normal Tapes I highly recommend reading Kevin Warwick’s sharp 2012 label profile.