Bringing together a spread of some of the best local bands making punk, indie, post-hardcore, metal, pop punk, hardcore, metalcore, emo, ambient rock, alt rock, post-rock, and more, as well as a handful of touring acts with a national presence, for 24 sets across three stages over two nights this Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24, DIY, annual, communal affair Threat Fest returns for 2019 looking more impressive than ever. Curated by local pop punk/post-hardcore stalwarts Idle Threat, the event is happening once again at Carpe Artista (101 Front Street) in Smyrna, and if you’ve been waiting for an annual reminder for us to say “you seriously need to check out this cool show in Smyrna,” the time has finally come.
Both nights, music starts at 7 p.m. sharp (doors at 6), and tickets to the all ages affair are just $10 a day, or $15 for the whole weekend, available at the door. While Friday leans a little more indie/emo and Saturday boasts a few heavier additions, you’ll find plenty of balance throughout. Many of the names on the bill are bands you’ve surely seen us cover before, and even more are up and comers you should absolutely be paying attention to if you’re a fan of the punk and indie scene.
In a city rich with music, and one growing at such a rapid pace, it can sometimes be easy to overlook all of the exciting, communal, DIY artists bubbling up just beneath the surface, so events like Threat Fest, bringing it all together in one place, are essential in preserving, bridging, and cementing this side of the scene. Preview the performers below, then make the trek to Smyrna for the weekend’s coolest event.