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Event Archive - ROCKET FROM RUSSIA FEST: Isotopes, You Big Idiot, The Corps, Contra Code, ATD, Ellesmere, AANTHEMS, Shockload, The Dead Hits, Skells, Anteater, Russian Tim & Pavel Bures

Fri. July 21st 2017 - Fri. July 21st 2017 The Media Club Vancouver BC (No Minors)
8:00pm doors at 7:30pm
$20 weekend pass / $15 single ticket
Presented by: Rocket From Russia, CiTR 101.9 FM Radio, Beatroute Magazine, Intergalactic Interviews
Friday July 21 / Saturday July 22
@ The Media Club, Vancouver.

Hello Hello Hello! I'm excited to announce a 2-day festival and a celebration of great local punk rock music this summer.

Every summer I've been doing Rocket From Russia anniversary shows but this year there were so many great bands I wanted to be part of this celebration so I decided to spread it over 2 nights. And this is how this fest came about. The line up features all the greats from Vancouver punk scene and its fantastic:

Isotopes Punk Rock Baseball Club
The Isotopes released a great second studio album "1994 World Series Champions" on Stomp Records, toured Europe and Canada this year, shot a super cool video, but of course their biggest highlight of this year is headlining Rocket From Russia Fest. It ain’t a party ’til your pants have been destroyed

This band is the most enterntaning band on the Vancouver punk scene. Every show is a performance full of humor, costumes, stage banter and great songs. Their new album "Megadonair" will be out this year and it's gonna be great.

The Corps
When 75% of your band plays in The Real McKenzies and remaining 25% runs the best bar in East Van you must be good. Well The Corps are good, actually they are great. Their songs are fast, catchy, great melodies and about comics.

Contra Code
Their debut album "Wasted Already" came out on Bird Attack Records last year and got great reviews all over the world. Contra Code shred crazy style and even have solos, how about that?

Another great local punk band which features Marco of The Dreadnoughts and a super charismatic frontsuperman Ben. They played Pouzza FEST and shared stage with SNFU, Leftover Crack, The Flatliners and even The Greatest Sons!

Ellesmere don't play shows that often so it's your once in a life time opportunity to hear their super hit "Man Horse" performed live without any mistakes at Rocket From Russia Fest.

There are only two people in Aanthems, both borthers to each other, but they make it sound like there is an army of brothers which is playing their great songs. It's fascinating to watch Ryan play bass.

Russian Tim and Pavel Bures
We'll play you some Russian songs

First time caller, long time listener. Ryan told me numerous times that Shockload should play one of Rocket From Russia shows. I finally agreed with him and here we are. Also, they have an EP called "No Big d" and every single song start with a "d". How cool is that?

The Dead Hits
One of many bands which features Rich Lowe of The Greatest Sons. This time he plays guitar and baseball.

This is a relatively new band in Vancouver. This year they released a great EP called "Welcome Mat". I heard it and loved, then saw them live and decided that they must be a part of this festival. Actually it was the other way around, I saw them first at SBC and then heard the EP. But who cares, they are great regardless of the order of my introduction to their beautiful music.

New exciting band on Vancouver punk scene. They bribed me by giving me their shirt and got me drunk on PBRs at Pub340, so it was an easy choice.

Resolve Records
As ever, Lachlan and Ross will have their table with great punk records set up for your purchase and flipping opportunities.

July 21-22nd
The Media Club
19+, ID

Weekend Pass - $20 (both nights)

Single ticket - $15 (at the door)

Spotify playlist for the Fest -

Sponsored by CiTR Radio 101.9FM, BeatRoute (BC), East Van Baseball League, Intergalactic Interviews.

Poster by: Combination13


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You Big Idiot (Punk Rock)

Fast, Fun, and Dumb. New Album, Mega Donair (2018) Spotify: Apple Music: Bandcamp: more info

The Corps

As darkness slithered unnoticed into 2814 posing as music, few were aware of the ever dimming light. But there were four souls who saw through the lies. The gods they had served for years, still on the battle field, will someday relent with pride and pass down the emerald torch. These four will charge their rings and make a stand till the deaf hear... more info

Contra Code

Four Piece Melodic Punk Rock Shredders from Vancouver. more info


From the far stretches of northern Canada, emerged a band, that plays punk rock with the same bombastic leads and infectious melodies that made bands such as NOFX and Propagandhi scene legends. Sharply written, fast paced fretwork abound, Ellesmere takes the best of the skate punk golden age and run with it towards the chugging, woah-oh’d horizon... more info

AANTHEMS (Punk Rock'n'roll)

Blood and Guts, Heart and Soul, Rock'n'roll. more info

Shockload (Punk and Roll)

Shockload was formed in 2011 by Ryan Ruin, Guy David McDonald (G-Tone) and Jamieson Vegas. They quickly became a hit in the local scene and worked long and hard writing tunes and building a local following, culminating in the release of their debut album Attractive Distraction in 2013. With the departure of Guy in 2015, long-time friend and fan... more info