Cult Classic Punks - The Hottest Day Ever in South Carolina

July 05, 2012

June 30, 2012: Columbia, South Carolina

It was the hottest day known to history in the state of South Carolina. Here in the state capital at the University of South Carolina the National Weather Service reported a high temperature of 113 degrees. That was not the heat index. But that sure as hell wasn't going to stop the folks at Cult Classic Customs in Columbia, SC from putting on a day and night festive pig roast and metal show.

 

Concert photography by Columbia SC Photojournalist and concert photographer Sean RayfordCult Classic Punks - Concert Photography

Concert photography by Columbia SC Photojournalist and concert photographer Sean RayfordCult Classic Punks - Concert Photography

Concert photography by Columbia SC Photojournalist and concert photographer Sean RayfordCult Classic Punks - Concert Photography

 

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"I was sweating more than a whore on church day." -Crazy Mike (left)

"It was hotter than the devil's anus in a burning warehouse in the middle of a scorching South Carolina summer" -Dre (middle)

 

Concert photography by Columbia SC Photojournalist and concert photographer Sean RayfordCult Classic Punks - Concert Photography

 

Concert photography by Columbia SC Photojournalist and concert photographer Sean RayfordCult Classic Punks - Concert Photography Concert photography by Columbia SC Photojournalist and concert photographer Sean RayfordCult Classic Punks - Concert Photography

 

Around eight there was an unofficial weather delay. After Columbia's Burnt Books ripped through the first set of the evening, nothing else happened- for a while. Everybody lurched around the hotbox hangar and outside in it's gravel parking lot with the 80,000 seat Williams Brice Stadium looming in the background. A near full moon rose on the other side of the horizon and it seemed as though every single conversation revolved around the heat. Like you would wait out a thunderstorm, we were waiting out the heat. The sun would eventually set and evening was just around the corner.

 

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"Definitely one of the hottest shows I've ever played. Emptied my Hydrapak twice." -Chuck Sligh of Burnt Books.

 

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Several hours after sunset I sat with my friends Dre and Natasha outside on the bricks of the loading dock. We sat for however long it took our asses to heat up to the point where we'd stand up and talk some more about how hot it was. Then when we talked long enough to forget about our ass fires we'd sit back down and repeat the process..  Our friend Crazy Mike came over pleading with them to make a move to a drinking venue with air conditioning. "I'll get the first round!" he yelled while slinking back across the gravel lot, "You know what? I'll get the first two rounds!"

 

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"It was as hot as the inside of Satan's bowels on a warm summer afternoon." -Fernando Pena of Nailbiter

 

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"Even the breeze felt like it was coming off of a fire."  -Daniel King of Aphatos

 

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