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Salad Days Magazine | December 3, 2022

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THE BEAST FROM THE SOCA RIVER

THE BEAST FROM THE SOCA RIVER
Salad Days

If your idea of Summer vacation includes a remote beach, crystal clear water, fresh mountain air… and performances from legendary bands such as Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, Bad Religion, NOFX…

Madball or Terror, there is a perfect holiday for you. Punk Rock Holiday!

Nestled in the Slovenian town of Tolmin, right on the banks of the Soča and Tolminka rivers, Punk Rock Holiday established itself as one of a kind gathering of punk rock fans from all over the world. More than a festival, it’s a community, crushing the borders between artists and fans, on and off stage. No wonder so many people, fans and band alike, leave the festival with the PRH tattoo, as a permanent reminder of that bond.

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Documenting the festival’s first decade, ‘The Beast From Soca River’ gives an exclusive insight into the festival’s life, all its ups and downs, and everything in between, that made Punk Rock Holiday into what it is today. “We wanted to create something different,” shared Founder and Promoter Andrej Sevsek, who also reflected on the festival’s infamous “no barrier” policy.

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Some bands even took the festival’s “no barrier” rule even further by inviting everyone on stage with them or playing a few songs in the middle of the crowd. “I have to say, in my life that’s the most important ‘Bro Hymn’ I have ever played,” shared Pennywise’s Fletcher Dragge.

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The massive, 5000-capacity Main Stage that saw performances of who-is-who of the punk rock world may be the centre piece, but Punk Rock Holiday has to offer so much more. Located on the Tolminka river, steps away from the water, the Beach Stage offers a perfect setting for the daily parties with some of the freshest upcoming bands. Throw in the mini skatepark, merch shop, record and streetwear stores, or even a barbershop, and it’s clear why most of the fans never leave the festival grounds.

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With its magical surrounding, best punk rock music, and community like no other, Punk Rock Holiday offers something unique in the festival world. We may not go as far as Fletcher who simply called it “The best festival in the world,”but, then again, if he said it, who are we to disagree?

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