NOFX have officially dropped off the 2021 Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival in Las Vegas, NV. Descendents will now be taking their place.
NOFX’s decision to pull out of the event was related to backlash they received for a joke they made about the October 2017 Las Vegas, NV shooting during their set at the 2018 Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival. The group previously apologized for the incident, but it appears some people are still not too happy with them. Fat Mike issued the following statement:
“I’ve been playing and bowling at ‘Punk Rock Bowling‘ since the very first one when there were only 22 teams. PRB is my favorite time of the year. Like so many of you, I not only get to see my favorite bands, but I also get to see my punk friends from high school. This event is my reunion, it’s my convention, and it’s my church…. I was so fucking excited to play it this year….. but sadly we are not going to.
NOFX had a meeting this week and decided we shouldn’t play out of respect that wounds are still healing. There has been a lot of hate messages and threats because we are on the bill, It just feels wrong. We know we said shitty things that caused it, so we get it. Sorry to everyone that wanted to see us. It’ll have to be in a different city.
Hopefully we can see you all in Vegas when the time’s right. But not Everything Sucks, I talked to Milo yesterday…. And he’s comin! Decendents are taking our spot! It’s pretty fucking cool that we are being replaced by a better band! I wish I could be there to see ’em.
Actually very sincere,
Fat Mike and NOFX“
The 2021 Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival is scheduled to take place on September 24-26 and the updated lineup can be found below:
Bad Cop/Bad Cop
Murder City Devils
The Lawrence Arms
The English Beat
Bridge City Sinners
The Last Gang