Black Flag has reformed and is set to play this year’s Hevy Fest, according to the festival’s website. The lineup includes Ron Reyes on vocals, who was a member of the band from 1979-1980 (after Keith Morris but before Dez Cadena) and appeared on the Jealous Again EP. Guitarist and founder Greg Ginn will appear with the band, and while the festival’s release didn’t confirm which bass player or drummer will appear, it’s been reported that longtime members Chuck Dukowski and Roberto “Robo” Valverde are on board.
Hevy Fest’s website states this will be Black Flag’s only 2013 appearance in the U.K., and it marks the first time in 30 years that the band’s played in the country.
“They have undoubtedly had the greatest impact on DIY record distribution, underground touring and hardcore music of any band, before or since,” Hevy Fest’s announcement reads. “There is a whole generation of musicians and fans that would cite BLACK FLAG as being the most important band to have influenced them, without ever even having the chance to see them perform live, until now.”
Hevy Fest’s lineup still hasn’t been fully announced, but the 80+ additional acts are expected to be revealed in the upcoming weeks. The festival is held in Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent on Aug. 2-4. Early bird weekend passes are available for £89 here.
Update: MORE members of Black Flag including original vocalist Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton, are coming together as just Flag to perform music of the Black Flag.
Uniting to form Flag as a vehicle to perform the Black Flag’s music was sparked by the crowd’s reaction to a surprise set they did at Goldenvoice’s 30th anniversary show in 2011.
The quartet will be appearing at Belgium’s Groezrock Festival and Germany’s Monster Bash in addition to performing a full US tour throughout 2013. The new outfit will play sets that pull from all eras of Black Flag’s history.