THE FEST 13 organizers have revealed the next round of band confirmations, including The Interrupters, Kind Of Like Spitting, Dave Hause, James Alex (Beach Slang), Living Room, Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra, Telepathic Lines, Among Giants and more.
They join an already impressive list of artists such as DESCENDENTS, Hot Water Music, Paint It Black, Lifetime, Melvins, Less Than Jake, Strike Anywhere, The Menzingers, Iron Chic, Touche Amore, Only Crime, RVIVR, Pet Symmetry, Able Baker Fox, Restorations, Masked Intruder, Coliseum, Toys That Kill, Chixdiggit (CA), United Nations, Marked Men, Into It. Over It, Screaming Females, Modern Baseball, Spraynard, Fake Problems, Tim Barry, Laura Stevenson, Self Defense Family, Lemuria and many, many more.
This year’s event will take place in Gainesville, FL over the course of three days (Oct 31, Nov 1, 2) and features over 300 of the best independent and underground bands in the world. Of course, don’t forget about BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2 as well, which spans two days (Oct 29 + 30) in the historic Tampa, FL neighborhood of Ybor City.
On a related note, last week organizers announced the FEST COMEDY SHOWCASE headlined by Chris Gethard. Most known from his popular independent talk show, you may have also caught him on Comedy Central’s Broad City or heard his recent album on Don Giovanni Records. Other performers appearing on the Comedy Showcase include Dave Ross, Allen Strickland Williams, John-Michael Bond, Ian Douglas Terry, Goodrich Gevaart, Zach Peterson, Stephanie Hasz, Brandie Posey and more.
And finally, Kaiju Big Battel has been confirmed for both THE FEST 13 in Gainesville and Tampa’s BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2. This is the monster vs. monster cage match you never knew you wanted, featuring terrible costumes, acrobatic wrestling moves and a weirdly elaborate origin story. Yes, this is happening and you know that you’re going. Don’t deny yourself the guilty pleasure.
Passes for THE FEST 13 and BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2 are available for purchase via the website. There are less than 1000 tickets left for FEST and 400 remaining for PRE-FEST. These will sell out by the end of the Summer, so don’t sleep on it! a A FEST 13 three-day pass is $120, a two-day pass for PRE-FEST is $50, and there’s a combo package of $130 for all five days of festing. You can view more details about tickets here.
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.
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