The Awesome Fest & This Is Hardcore Present: A Tribute to City Gardens


In celebration of the long awaited release of Riot on the Dance Floor: The City Gardens Documentary, The Awesome Fest and This Is Hardcore have teamed up to deliver a two day long party in Philly. On June 25th, we give you a show full of four bands who frequently played that legendary venue back in the day. The following evening, Thursday June 26, we will be screening the local premiere of the film, completely FREE, on our giant outdoor movie screen, at Clark Park at 43rd and Chester streets, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

RIOT ON THE DANCE FLOOR (Steve Tozzi | 114 min.) Philadelphia Premiere
co-presented by the This Is Hardcore Fest
Directed by Steve Tozzi
Riot on the Dance Floor: The story of Randy Now and City Gardens is a documentary from director Steve Tozzi, that features the stark and iconic photography of Thrasher Magazine's Ken Salerno. It is told through an oral history format of in-depth interviews and archival footage, bringing to life the gritty story of one of New Jersey's most infamous clubs and its larger than life promoter. City Gardens was a venue for underground music and during its time it traversed the entertainment spectrum; from the comedy of Henny Youngman to Nine Inch Nails, New Order to Nirvana. Riot on the Dance Floor is a journey of musical champions and underdogs and above all, the freedom and liberation of having complete creative control.

Tickets are on sale now for INTO ANOTHER (playing "Ignaurus" in its entirety), MURPHY'S LAW, VISION, AND PAGAN BABIES!

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