Skate or Die Fest 2017 Takes over Gas Monkey Live in Dallas this October

Skateboarding. Music. Three thousand dollar prize?!? That’s right, the first ever Skate or Die Fest is coming to Dallas, TX, this upcoming October 22, and it looks to be a great event. Skate or Die Fest is a single-day, family-friendly event for all ages.

“Skate Or Die Fest comes from the mind of local entrepreneur and music blogger Harley Barnes, who has teamed up with event producer Kris Norvet, investor/landscape architect Zac Miller, and the team at Gas Monkey Live. Barnes is the founder and editor of ThisNewBand, a data-driven indie music blog and community of teen music enthusiasts, and has previously founded 2 technology startups, including concert app CrowdFeed which went through the Dallas accelerator Tech Wildcatters in 2013. Norvet has over 15 years of experience producing events, including working for NYC-based Trevanna Entertainment (Hot 97’s Summer Jam, Red Bull Music Academy NYC).”

Programming is varied and exciting, with live music on two stages, world-record-breaking skate competitions, a puppy petting zoo, and live art installations. C’mon, people. Puppies. There will be puppies! The skating competition, headlined by the world’s largest Game of S.K.A.T.E. Tournament, will be nine rounds of single-elimination followed by a trick contest between the top 16 skaters, and there will also be a “highest ollie” contest. Skaters, apply to compete here.

Headlining the music portion of the event will be Bowling for Soup and Frankie Cosmos, along with many other amazing performers, from touring artists like Surf Curse and Summer Salt to local artists Not Half Bad, Hall Johnson, Loafers, and Pearl Earl.

Tickets can be purchased now at, with presale tickets ranging from $25 to $30 for general admission ($40 at the door) and $70 advance/$80 at the door for VIP tickets. Some of the VIP perks are priority entry to the venue and a private indoor VIP area with exclusive bar, seating, and excellent main stage viewing.

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