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Upstart Fest 2012

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2012 Lineup

The-Jukebox-RomanticsThe Jukebox Romantics

New York’s Premiere Good Time Party Punks, The Jukebox Romantics! Will be delivering their 100 proof, whiskey soaked brand of Punk Rock to each and every date of this years Upstart Fest. If you know em, we know you love em, and if you don’t, be prepared for a good fucking time!

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Far-From-Finished-LogoFar From Finished

We are very happy to announce Boston’s Far From Finished will be playing all four dates of this year’s Upstart Fest. Far From Finished is one of the East Coast’s strongest punk rock ambassadors and have served up their strong anthems of unity around the world for over eight years now. They have shared the stage with absolutely everyone who is anyone in the punk scene and always deliver a kick ass show!


The-Independents-logoThe Independents

Hell Yes! The Independents bring their brand of boot stomping Horror Ska/Punk to the Upstart Fest and show you why Joey Ramone himself chose to personally manage these Ghoulish Fiends. They are beyond fun and sure to get the pit hopping & skanking like the floor was on fire. The Independents will be appearing on all four dates of the fest. Be sure to catch this show!
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American-PinupAmerican Pinup

One of the most exciting new bands to emerge in the last few years, the dynamic female fronted American Pinup effortlessly blend elements of punk, pop, rockabilly and ska into an original style of rock & roll that is nearly impossible to label. Excellent guitar work, and a solid rhythm section combined with the truly exceptional vocal range of front woman Lauren West set this band apart and will leave a lasting impression you wont soon forget.
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Two-Fisted-LawTwo Fisted law

With over ten years’ of classic Hardcore Punk under their belts, Two Fisted Law will be bringing the fight to The Upstart Fest this year. And make no mistake, this is Ol’ School Hardcore, Black Flag/Murphy’s Law style stuff, not that metalcore/bromance stuff. Nope, Two Fisted Law are the real deal and are not to be missed. And the front man can actually sing – no growling or screaming for these roughians.


Lost-In-SocietyLost In Society

New Jersey’s rising stars, Lost In Society will be bringing their Alternative Pop Punk sound to all four Upstart Fest stages this year, on the heels of two releases in 2012 – one being produced by Pete of the Bouncing Souls, and after two weeks on Warped Tour. Come see why Lost In Society is one of this year’s most talked about new bands.
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Measured-In-GreyMeasured In Grey

New York’s working class punks Measured In Grey will be bringing their brand of melodic punk rock to the stage at this years Upstart Fest, both in Poughkeepsie, NY and Asbury Park, NJ. And we are proud to have them. If you’re not familiar (and shame on you if you’re not) think Hot Water Music, meets The Misfits and you’ll get an idea of what you’re in for.
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The-ObviousThe Obvious

New Jersey’s The Obvious are a killer punk act with an artsy 80’s slant, reminiscent of Siouxsie And The Banshee’s or maybe a really aggressive Blondie. Fuck Snooky or J-Cow, this is what the Jersey Shore is all about – a hard rocking girl, playing kick ass punk rock!
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New-Red-ScareNew Red Scare

New Red Scare’s politically motivated/revolutionary lyrics, combine with an animalistic rage and killer guitar work to form a truly exciting punk act you just have to see to appreciate…believe us when we tell you they will not disappoint.

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The-ScandalsThe Scandals

The Scandals almost didn’t make it on The Upstart Fest this year – they were so popular they had another big fest that was keeping them from attending. Luckily the other fest was cool and switched some shit around so they could make it, and we are now super happy to include these dirty punx and their high energy fuck you attitudes to the party.
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Cry-HavocCry Havoc!

Fuck Yeah!! Cry Havoc bring the Punk, and they bring it hard. If you dig no nonsense Hardcore Punk look no further, Cry Havoc is for you…fans of bands like The Casualties and Agnostic Front, you have found your new torch bearers. Don’t miss their set!
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The-Black-Top-KidsBlacktop Kids

The Blacktop Kids are just four guys from central Jersey who play some kick ass hardcore punk, and that’s about all you need to know…Oh yeah did we forget to mention; their fuckin’ good at it!
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Welcome-to-GreenhavenWelcome To Greenhaven

Welcome To Greenhaven are a Pop Garage act with nothing to prove. Think The Gaslight Anthem meets The Killers and maybe you get the idea.


Connecticut’s favorite petty thieves Pickpocket, have an Ol’ School punk sound reminiscent of the shit they grew up on, Op Ivy, Minor Threat, Bad religion etc. They play it loud and they play it fast, and have a good time doing it.

2012 Venues

Thursday | August 9, 2012

knitting-factoryKnitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY
Doors: 6:00 pm
Show: 7:00 pm

Friday | August 10, 2012

el-n-geeThe El & Gee
New London, CT

Saturday | August 11, 2012

the-chanceThe Chance
Poughkeepsie, NY

Sunday | August 12, 2012

asbury-lanesAsbury Lanes
Asbury Park, NJ