13 punk, rock and ska bands to feature at the free Attention Fest in Irvine – Orange County

Rob Castellon, founder of Whittier-based Wiretap Records, hopes local music fans will reconnect with the bands at his annual Attention Fest.

Though some of the artists on the bill aren’t household names yet, he’s betting that once people see them live, they’ll quickly become fans.

“These are definitely bands that people want to know, they need to know about these bands,” said Castellon, who is bringing Attention Fest back to Hangar 24 in Irvine on Saturday, Oct. 22 after a two-year pandemic break.

It’s a free punk, ska and rock festival featuring 13 acts ranging from up-and-coming bands to scene veterans looking for a post-pandemic boost. They are all bands that Castellon said are making exciting music and are reviving the post-lockdown music scene with their live shows.

“The goal is to just give these artists some face-to-face time so people can see them live,” he explained. “Once people see a band live, they resonate with them.”

Attention Fest’s lineup includes acts such as ska-punk rockers Rundown Kreeps, a young band from East LA who are currently touring nationally to promote their second album, RDK.

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“They’re a bunch of Latino kids who are really making an impact on the LA scene,” Castellon said. “These guys really have a lot of energy. It’s ska punk with a reggae vibe and a Latin flair.”

Even Southern California ska-punk veterans Codename: Rocky are on the program.

“They just released a new album for Wiretap this year and these guys are still really bringing it up,” he said. “It’s always full of energy and always a good time.”

There are also a few bands from out of town, including Las Vegas-based pop-punk act Mercy Music.

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/10/04/13-punk-rock-and-ska-bands-to-see-at-the-free-attention-fest-in-irvine/ 13 punk, rock and ska bands to feature at the free Attention Fest in Irvine – Orange County

Adam Bradshaw

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