Punk Rock Holiday, first held in 2011, is exactly what the name promises, bringing forward 4 days of various punk rock performances. It takes place on the Sotočje peninsula in Tolmin, a place that a number of other successful festivals (Metalcamp and Sajeta Creative Camp, for instance) have proved as an extremely fitting summer festival venue. Being relatively small (with up to 5K visitors capacity), the festival insists in its no-barrier-stages policy.
With just a few editions under its belt, Punk Rock Holiday is already one of the most well-known punk rock festivals in Europe, with the majority of visitors coming from abroad. Aside from that, it has also visibly boosted the local punk scene.
In recent years, two other Slovene festivals primarily focused on punk rock music, namely, the Šklab Fest and Njoki Summer Festival. The latter has been going on for 5 years and has brought to its stage in Ajdovščina a diverse set of punk, hip hop, ska and reggae musicians like Marky Ramone, The Toasters, New Riot, The BellRays, Dubioza Kolektiv, Elvis Jackson, etc. Šklab Fest was the younger of the two, but has in its two years of existence hosted names such as The Exploited, Millencolin, The Toy Dolls, The Skatalites, Jello Biafra, Down by Law, etc.
Punk Rock Holiday came into being when the organisers realised that Slovenia is too small to have two similar festivals with an ambitious programme and that merging the two festivals could prove beneficial for both. By having the punk rock legends NOFX (US) and Bad Religion (US) as head-liners, this festival’s first edition immediately got recognition from the local as well as international public.
Some of the other hosted acts up until now were Anti-Flag (US), The Exploited (UK), The Real McKenzies (CA), Against me! (SA), Beatsteaks (DE), Flogging Molly (US), Madball (US), Less Than Jake (US), Raised Fist (SE), The Toasters (US), Jingo de Lunch (DE), Ignite (US), Sick of It All (US), Reel Big Fish (US), Hog Hoggidy Hog (SA), Talco (IT), Crushing Caspars (DE), and also the finest local punk rock acts like Red Five Point Star, In-Sane, Elvis Jackson, Real Life Version and Dreamwalk.