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Blink-182 Closes Musink with Sold-Out Performance

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After a weekend filled with wild musical performances, world-class tattoo artists and elaborate classic cars, the Eighth annual Musink Festival closed Sunday night with a sold-out performance by Blink-182 featuring Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba.

Travis Barker, famed Blink drummer and tattoo enthusiast, curated Musink for the second year in a row. The event, held at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, drew thousands of devoted fans eager to check out performances by punk pioneers Rancid and Bad Religion as well as an explosive set by Blink-182.

The weekend had a slow start with a low turnout for Friday night. Musical performances began with an energetic set by Los Angeles-based ska/punk group, the Interrupters. Harcore legends Sick of It All took the stage next, followed by headliners Rancid. The audience fiercely moshed and sang along with vocalist Tim Armstrong as they delved into a mix of new songs and notable classics, including “Roots Radicals,” “Salvation,” and “Ruby Soho.” It felt as though the the venue was filled to capacity.

The event marks Rancid’s first performance since the release of …Honor is All We Know last October.

Festival attendance increased the next day, with a performances by Ignite, OFF! and Bad Religion. Ignite, a band formed in Orange County in the early nineties kicked the night off, followed by Off!, a Los Angeles-based hardcore supergroup. Band members include Keith Morris of Circle Jerks and Black Flag, Burning Brides’ Dimitri Coats, Steven Shane McDonald of Redd Kross, and Rocket From the Crypt drummer Mario Rubalcaba.

Bad Religion, which headlined Musink in 2013, seemed to feed off the energy of the die hard fanatics in the packed crowd. Vocalist Greg Graffin led the band into a mix of new songs and punk classics including, “Recipe for Hate,” “Infected,” and “F*** You,” as fans stage-dived, fist-pumped and sang along with the lyrics.

The band will perform both weekends at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio next month.

Musink ended Sunday with a sold-out crowd. Fans scrambled for table-time with tattoo artists from around the world, and staked out a good spot for Blink’s highly anticipated closing set.

The night began with a set by “cholo goth” duo Prayers, followed by hip-hop artist Yelawolf. Barker pulled a double shift Sunday night, joining Yelawolf onstage before the headlining set.

Blink-182 closed the event with a sold-out crowd of devoted fans. Blink catered to the crowd, beginning the night with hits “Feeling It,” and “What’s My Age Again?” Fans held their phones out and recorded every minute of “I Miss You,” before singing along to “All The Small Things.”

At one point, vocalist/bassist Mark Hoppus instructed the stage crew to shut the lights off as the band showed off their “true musicianship.” In the pitch black venue, Blink-182 successfully performed “Happy Holidays, You Bastard.”

The audience seemed to embrace Skiba who filled in for Tom DeLonge on vocals and guitar. This performance marks his third show with Blink-182 after DeLonge’s highly publicized exit last month.

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