It's been a little over a month since Don't Panic Fest: Episode One, took over South Broadway venues, 3 Kings Tavern, Hi-Dive & Mutiny! 
Today Denver's Westword named Don't Panic Fest, Denver's best Punk Rock Festival beating out RIOT FEST. That's insane!

This is pretty mind blowing. When I (Damian) texted Vinnie Fasano in a caffeine and allergy medicine fueled manic attack, about doing a three venue, two day music festival; I never dreamed it would turn into the thing we turned it into. 

We made this festival happen with only 18 weeks of planning. What was originally envisioned as a way to showcase my favorite Denver bands turned into something so much bigger than I ever could have dreamed. People flew into this thing from all over the country.

It's fucking mind blowing, humbling and surreal. It was a lot of work, but I could not have done any of it had it not been for all of the bands that played, Hi-Dive Denver, Mutiny Information Cafe & 3 Kings Tavern for jumping on board. Denver Westword, The Denver Post & 303 Magazine for all their coverage and support. 

But most of all YOU. We could not have done any of this without the super awesome people of Denver (and beyond) who supported this little thing and made it what it became. It's still all so surreal! 

We'll be back next year (We're eyeballing Feb 16th-18th). We've already started working on next year's line up. Stay tuned because we're going to be throwing Don't Panic themed shows all year round!

We still have T-shirts, pint glasses and other goodies available in our online store:! All proceeds go towards building DPFII!

DON'T PANIC is a two day celebration of Colorado's best punk rock.

Our mission is to showcase the best and the brightest punk, garage and hardcore that Colorado have to offer, while inviting some of our favorite bands from all over the country! This isn't a "for profit" festival, we're throwing a party with some of our favorite bands and people.  It was inspired by small community driven festivals such as THE FEST, Awesome Fest, Death To False Hope, The UMS & What's Left Fest.  


Don't Panic is a collaboration between "Dammit" Damian Burford of Mostly Harmless Podcast and Airwolf PR, Vinnie Cheapfrom 3 Kings Tavern, Jim Norris from Mutiny Information Cafe & Curtis Wallach of Hi-Dive.


Don't Panic was taken from Damian's favorite book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy. We are living in what feels like turbulent times, this is a festival about inclusion and bringing people together. The world might be a scary place, but DON'T PANIC. We can come together and together we can conquer the world. 

From Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: 
"In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitchhiker's Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopaedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects.
First, it is slightly cheaper; and secondly it has the words DON'T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover."

Can my band play?

Our line up filled up QUICK. There are sooooo many great bands we unable to ask to play this little festival. Unfortunately, our line up is just about complete! We may have more bands to announce, but right now our line up is complete!

Who did the poster art?

Comic book artist and one of Denver's most recognized poster artists, Zak Kinsella provided the most excellent poster art! Zak's work has been seen all over Denver. He was responsible official artwork for the inaugural DINK comic book conventionand has done a number of comedy posters for Denver shows. His work has also been seen in New York Times, Wired and Westword. Find more information on Zak at:


You can purchase those tickets now in our Webstore!   Limited Run only charges a $0.25 Service Charge. 

There are currenly a very limited number of 2-day passes available for DON'T PANIC at $25 each. If passes are still available, they will go up to $30 on Feb 16th. These passes will get you into each and every show. That's like buying 4 tickets for $6.25 each! 

There are a limited number of individual tickets priced at $12 per show.  Those individual shows will go up to $15 on the day of the show. 

There will be a limited number of hard copy tickets available without fees and cash only available at Mutiny starting January 9th.  

You will be able to pick up your Two Day passes at 3 Kings. We are also working on a Thursday night kick off party for the festival. Stay tuned for those details!

If you have bought a two day pass and need to change the name on the pass, please message us the details at:


Friday February 17th:


Screwtape 10:15 - 10:45
Muscle Beach 9:30 - 10:00
The Larimers 8:45 - 9:15
Flight Kamikaze 8:00 - 8:30

Mutiny shows are ALL AGES and FREE.


Ray Rocket (Teenage Bottlerocket) 11:15 – 11:45
Off With Their Heads Acoustic 10:30 - 11:00
Kyle "GB" Oppold (Arliss Nancy) 9:45 – 10:15
Erin Cookman 9:00 – 9:30
Jack's Smirking Revenge 8:15 - 8:45
The Swindlin Hearts 7:30 – 8:00

Price: $12 ADV/ $15 DOS or FREE w/ Two Day PASS 

3 Kings Tavern

PEGBOY 11:45 
Lawsuit Models 11:00 – 11:30
Black Dots 10:15 – 10:45 
Shiii Whaaa 9:30 – 10:00 
Cheap Perfume 8:45-9:15
The Blackeyed Saints 8:00 – 8:30 

Price: $12 ADV/ $15 DOS or FREE w/ Two Day PASS 

*Schedule is subject to change! 

Saturday February 18th:


Don't miss the Crafts & Drafts // Punk Rock Flea Market!
Saturday Feb 18th at 3 Kings Tavern!
2 pm - 6pm!
Acoustic performances from:
Chris Windermere (The Windermeres) 5:15-5:45
Kyle Chason (The Swindlin' Hearts) 4:30 - 5:00
Kyle Oppold (Arliss Nancy/Drag The River) 3:45-4:15
David Wolfowski (The Swindlin' Hearts) 3:00 - 3:30

More information at:


Allout Helter 10:15 - 10:45
Line Brawl 9:30 - 10:00
The Windermeres 8:45 - 9:15
The Sleights 8:00 - 8:30
All Waffle Trick 7:15 - 7:45

Mutiny shows are ALL AGES and FREE.


Mean Jeans 11:30
Dirty Few 10:45 - 11:15
Poison Rites 10:00 - 10:30
The Ghoulies 9:15 - 9:45
Pueblo Escobar 8:30 - 9:00
Sophisticated Boom Boom 7:45 - 8:15

Price: $12 ADV/ $15 DOS or FREE w/ Two Day PASS 

3 Kings Tavern

Off With Their Heads 11:45
SPELLS 11:00 - 11:30 
NOBODYS 10:15 - 10:45
The Raging Nathans  9:30 - 10:00 
Major Sports 8:45-9:15 
Cunnilingus 8:00 - 8:30

Price: $12 ADV/ $15 DOS or FREE w/ Two Day PASS 

Sunday - Pkew Pkew Pkew

We've teamed up with our friends at Ratio Beerworks, Hi-Dive & Soda Jerk Presents to help promote Sunday February 19th's PKEW PKEW PKEW show at the Hi-Dive!

Pkew Pkew Pkew are your new favorite band! They remind us of a mix between PUP (who they often tour with), Mean Jeans & Dirty Few. Super rad & fun band who are just finishing up a tour with Reel Big Fish & Anti-Flag! Watch their newest video at:

Cure your Saturday night hangover Sunday afternoon at Ratio Beerworks for a special version of The Ratio Session, an acoustic video series in the vein of NPR's Tiny Desk Session, only in the Ratio taproom with all our closest friends! From 3-5pm in the Ratio taproom Pkew Pkew Pkew will be hanging out and will play a "lounge" style set! More information at:

That night Pkew Pkew Pkew will hit the stage at the Hi-Dive with Major Sports & Guts! Don't Panic Fest wristband holders will be able to purchase discounted tickets to the Pkew Pkew Pkew show that evening! More information at:


Bands Performing at Don't Panic Fest:

Off With Their Heads(Full band & Acoustic)
Ray Rocket(from Teenage Bottlerocket)
The Raging Nathans 
Allout Helter
Dirty Few 
All Waffle Trick
Black Dots 
Chad Price(Drag The River/ALL)
Cheap Perfume
Erin Cookman
Flight Kamikaze
Jack's Smirking Revenge
Lawsuit Models
Line Brawl
Major Sports
Muscle Beach
Poison Rites
Pueblo Escobar 
Shiiii Whaaa 
Sophisticated Boom Boom 
The Blackeyed Saints 
The Ghoulies 
The Larimers 
The Sleights 
The Swindlin Hearts 
The Windermeres