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.
Additional confirmations include Fake Problems, Thou, Annabel and The Paul Collins Beat. 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, Tim Barry, Laura Stevenson, Self Defense Family, Lemuria and many, many more.
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. New confirmations include A Wilhelm Scream, Frameworks and Self Defense Family.
Passes for THE FEST 13 and BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2 are available for purchase via the website. There are about 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.
Make sure to read the latest entry on the THE FEST 13 website for additional tidbits and other useful information. Stay tuned for plenty more THE FEST 13 news and band confirmations in the coming months. For daily updates, follow THE FEST 13 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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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