We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.
Sure, the 2012 Trillectro festival helped thrust D.C.’s booming hip-hop and EDM scenes under a bigger spotlight—but what if that’s not your bag? Punks and metalheads, hark: Damaged City Fest is coming. Over a weekend in April, the fest looks to do for hardcore punk and metal what Trillectro did for synthy hip-hop, with an assemblage of D.C.’s finest and sludgiest alongside a smattering of other bands from around the world. D.C.’s grimy metal outfit Ilsa is on the bill along with local favorites Coke Bust, Give, and Sick Fix. The national acts are worth getting pumped about, too: Relentless Detroit hardcore legends Negative Approach and Raleigh’s Double Negative headline the two-night show. The festival is being organized by Coke Bust/Magrudergrind/D.O.C. drummer Chris Moore, who books some of the District’s best all-ages DIY punk shows under the Venomous Ideas moniker. The whole fest goes down at Columbia Heights’ only punk church, St. Stephen’s, hearkening back to D.C.’s old DIY glory days. Does this inaugural punk fest signal a new era of harDCore? Probably not, but it’s a step in the right direction. $36.50 for two-day pass.