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NOFX Dropped from Punk In Drublic Music Festival Amid Backlash

By TheBlast Staff

NOFX has been dropped from their own music festival, The Blast has learned.

"Camp Punk In Drublic festival producers have announced that NOFX and Me First And The Gimme Gimmes (featuring Fat Mike) will not be performing at this weekend’s festival at Legend Valley near Columbus, OH," a spokesperson for the festival tells The Blast.

Descendents will replace NOFX on Saturday while The Vandals will replace Me First and the Gimme Gimmes for the Friday Night Kickoff Party on June 1-3 – the last weekend of the music festival.

"While NOFX is known for their dark, uncomfortable humor, the festival producers of Camp Punk In Drublic are shocked and disappointed by the band’s recent statements about the Route 91 Harvest Festival victims and country music fans. These statements do not reflect the feelings or views of the Camp Punk In Drublic festival, its staff, and its sponsors," the statement continued.

Punk in Drublic will also make a donation to a fund benefitting those affected by the Las Vegas shooting.

As we previously reported, NOFX frontman "Fat Mike" Burkett spoke out Thursday morning for the first time after facing backlash over the band’s mass shooting jokes. “I can’t sleep, no one in my band can. What we said in Vegas was shitty and insensitive and we are all embarrassed by our remarks,” Burkett says.

Fat Mike’s comments come after Sunday’s incident where NOFX made a series of insensitive remarks during their set at Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival regarding the shooting that took place on October 1, mere miles from this weekend’s festival venue.

“We played a song about Muslims and we didn’t get shot,” Mike said. Another band member then chimed in, “I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you are in a county band” and the frontman replied, “You know, that [shooting] sucked, but at least they were country fans and not punk rock fans.”

Video of the comments quickly spread on social media and ignited backlash from both fans and sponsors.

As The Blast was the first to report, Stone Brewing, the company that manufactures the band’s beer and sponsors their music festival – both called Punk in Drublic — cut all ties with NOFX.

“We respect punk rock, and the DIY ethos for which it stands,” a Stone Brewing spokesperson said in a statement. “To us, it means standing up for things you believe in, and fearlessly committing to what’s right. And it is for that reason that Stone Brewing is immediately disassociating ourselves from the band NOFX,” the rep added, noting the company has canceled its sponsorship deal for this summer’s Punk In Drublic music festivals.

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