Punks make for unlikely bedfellows with volleyball enthusiasts
On Saturday, July 28, several Saskatoon punk and hardcore groups took over the Louis’ volleyball courts. The line-up included The Ultimate Power Duo, Herd of Wasters, Hold Fast from Yorkton, Eyebats, Filthy Senoritas and Soul Mates.
The unlikely marriage between punk rock and sport sparked a sense of vitality in doing something out of the ordinary, a source of inspiration for event organizer Dan Smolinski.
“I hate the term festival and it seems like the festivals in this city overlook a lot of our amazing local punk rock bands so I was stoked to give them a chance to play somewhere outdoors this summer.”
Several punks mixed it up on the courts alongside the volleyball regulars, appearing to have a whale of a time despite sporting too-tight black jeans (or maybe that was just me).
However, not everyone was agog from the positivity of Saturday’s shenanigans.
Members of the Saskatoon Police Services served Smolinski with a ticket stemming from a noise complaint.
Despite the cops spiking the event with an infraction, Smolinski remains unfazed.
“The show was an absolute success in terms of providing the Louis’ Beach Volleyball League members a great party on Saturday, as well as giving local bands and fans a place to hang out and have fun on a hot weekend afternoon,” says Smolinski. “I think the exposure and buzz was great and that’s what’s really important to the bands.
“We’re definitely going to do it again next year.”