For the past nine years Dudefest has showcased some of the biggest and best-known bands in the DIY Punk and Hardcore scenes. The 2011 installment of the fest continued to push and support the ethos established by the festival’s founder and number one advocate, Derek Black. Black has organized the fest since its onset nine years ago and sings in the band Phoenix Bodies, a band that serves as an anchor for the Indianapolis DIY hardcore scene. The festival has generally lasted three days; however, this year the festival expanded, now lasting up to four days. The line-up for the festival included: Big Business, Torche, Phoenix Bodies, The Dream is Dead, Iron Lung, Pygmylush, Weekend Nachos, Coliseum, Failures, Hewhocorrupts, Magrudergrind, Enabler and the legendary Dropdead. The event took place in a rather small venue, a recently gutted tobacco store, with a hand built stage, giving the festival credibility towards its DIY roots. None of the bands disappointed, bringing raw levels of energy to the environment that I have yet to witness at any events over the past few years. If you’ve never heard of Dudefest, check it out. It takes place in Indianapolis every year. You will not be disappointed!
By Tommy Hemmer/Migrate Music News Contributor