Damaged City Fest (Photo by Rashad Polk)
For the past seven years as the cherry blossoms along the tidal basin reach their peak, there has been a swelling of excitement within the underground punk scene. With the fragrant blooms comes DC’s Damaged City Fest — the brainchild of Nick Candela and Chris Moore.
Flasher (Photo by Audrey Melton)
Underneath the million dollar houses, luxury condominiums, and the ever-blowing hot air that is Capitol Hill, there lies a thriving sub (or counter) culture of punks. Home to famous acts like Minor Threat, Bad Brains, and Fugazi (Ian MacKaye is pretty much the DC punk scene of the 80s), DC has produced some kick-ass punk and hardcore bands.
And for the past half-decade, Damaged City Fest has been a showcase of the best local hardcore and punk bands that our city has to offer. This year, for four nights on April 6-9, across 3 venues, 40 bands came together to display what DIY hardcore punk has grown to be.