ABC No Rio's HC/Punk Collective is proud to be booking Punk Island 2011, Make Music New York's day-long punk fest on Governors Island. Since the Island is closed to the public the day Make Music New York holds the rest of it's wonderful mischief, June 21st, Punk Island happens a few days earlier, on June 19th. Just like the rest of MMNY, all performances are outdoors and completely free.

In it's fourth year Punk Island is being held on Sunday, June 19, 2011. It starts when the first ferry hits the dock at 10am, with bands all day. Ferries run between the Island and Manhattan (Battery Park) and the Island and Brooklyn (DUMBO) every half hour. A free 15 minute ferry ride will take you down to paradise isle, where the grass is green and the bands are brutal. Committed to a vision of punk that expresses positive outrage, we're tying in radical politics. Each stage will have a table showcasing a specific activist group. There will also be an expanded vendor section for distros and tabling. While the agreement between Make Music New York and Governors Island limits the performances to 8 stages this year, the stages will be more centrally located on the island and the bookers at ABC No Rio promise to pack them with an exciting line-up of great punk bands.

ABC No Rio’s collaboration with Make Music New York to present Punk Island 2011 is a match made – if not in heaven – then in an intensely creative part of New York’s collective unconscious. With a show every Saturday for more than 20 years, ABC No Rio’s all-volunteer Punk/Hardcore Collective has been a vehicle for bands who embrace the DIY ethos of a punk community without managers or major labels. ABC No Rio and Make Music New York share a passion for tearing down the boundary between artist and audience. The overflowing creative energy that brings musicians out to perform in neighborhood streets for Make Music New York, also drives ABC No Rio.

Make Music New York takes place each year on June 21, the first day of summer, with more than 1,000 free concerts in outdoor public spaces throughout all five boroughs of the city. Sidewalks, plazas, parks, even cemeteries have hosted MMNY shows. All musical styles are represented, from hip-hop to opera to electronica to jazz. From marquee names to high school garage bands, all are welcome to participate.

Punk Island 2011, synthesizing these two powerful projects, promises to unleash an explosion of punk/hardcore/experimental music in a day of ferocity and fun you won’t want to miss.

For all Punk Island inquiries, please contact punk@makemusicny.org.


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