THE FEST 13 Website Launch / DESCENDENTS Confirmed
• Legendary punk band to play Gainesville, FL music festival: Oct 31 – Nov 2nd, 2014
• First wave of confirmations include Lifetime, The Menzingers, Less Than Jake, Strike Anywhere and many more
• BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2: Oct 29 + 30
• Passes on sale beginning April 20th
Is there a more joyous an occasion to a punk kid – other than THE FEST weekend itself – as when details of said festival are finally revealed and the first wave of confirmed artists begins to make the rounds? After months of bittersweet reminiscing about the amazing time you had at last year’s FEST, and the nearly unbearable anticipation of once again seeing all your favorite underground bands while sharing an adult beverage with what feels like a hundred of your best friends, it’s no wonder that days like today give us an extra bounce in our collective step.
On that note, it is with great excitement that we bring you the official launch of the THE FEST 13 website, along with a very special announcement that the legendary DESCENDENTS will be making a rare appearance at this year’s event.
THE FEST 13 will take place in Gainesville, FL over the course of three days (Oct 31, Nov 1, 2) and will feature over 250 of the best punk and independent bands in the world. In addition to Descendents, other confirmed outfits include Lifetime, Less Than Jake, Strike Anywhere, The Menzingers, Chixdiggit (CA) , Marked Men, Modern Life is War, The Slackers, Chuck Ragan, Into It. Over It, Tim Barry, Laura Stevenson, Self Defense Family, Lemuria, Mixtapes, The World Is…, The Hotelier, Allison Weiss and many, many more. Stay tuned for more confirmed band announcements in the coming weeks.
On a related note, FEST organizers have also revealed information about BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2. Spanning two days (Oct 29 + 30) in the historic Tampa, FL neighborhood of Ybor City, Big Pre-Fest will host over 60 bands in four different venues. While all artists playing will also be performing at FEST 13 in Gainesville, many of these groups will be doing “special” sets in Tampa. More details on that soon. In the meantime, you can check out the full list of confirmed bands (so far) for BIG PRE FEST here.
Passes for THE FEST 13 and BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2 will go on sale on April 20th at 4:20pm. Early sale pricing will be available through June 30th and features a FEST 13 three-day pass ($100), a two-day pass for PRE-FEST ($40) and a combo package of $130 for all five days of festing. There will be a limited number of passes, so don’t sleep on this when the time comes. You can view more details about tickets here.
Stay tuned for more THE FEST 13 news and additional band confirmations in the coming months. For daily updates, follow THE FEST 13 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Need something else? Drop me a line here.
ABOUT THE FEST
THE FEST is an independent multiple-day, multiple-venue underground music festival held annually in Gainesville, FL, with support from the fine folks at No Idea Records. In 2013, THE FEST celebrated 12 years and expanded to four days, as well as adding two days for the first annual BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR in the historic Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, FL. FEST 12 hosted 400 bands in four days while BIG PRE-FEST gave 100 of those bands and close to 1,000 attendees another two days to enjoy the party in a new city.
2014 brings FEST to our 13th year and we expect our attendance to grow even more. Over 10,000 music lovers will converge on Florida to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and some of the best underground punk, hardcore, indie, and alt-country bands from all over the world. FEST will once again expand into Ybor City for BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2 (Oct 29 + 30) and return to the standard three days in Gainesville for FEST 13 (Oct 31, Nov 1, 2). 2014 will also find FEST working even closer with the city of Gainesville to add into their roster of venues, including the BO DIDDLEY PLAZA located in the heart of downtown. This additional venue will allow more attendees to enjoy the headliners and give FEST organizers an opportunity to utilize a larger space to grow the festival.
Last year, THE FEST 12 hosted 392 musical acts over four days at 12 venues in the heart of Gainesville – home of University of Florida. The total four day impact on Gainesville was 23,236 FEST wristband holders. 15% of attendees were non- US residents and 69% of attendees were not from Florida.
Established in 2002 with only 60 bands, four stages, and two days, THE FEST has experienced a massive growth rate, now finding the festival outgrowing the amazing city it was birthed in. The past five FESTs have sold out prior to the actual event! THE FEST also finds attendees and bands traveling to Florida from all over the world.