Rejoice! Organizers have launched the full 3-day schedule (Oct 31, Nov 1, 2) for THE FEST 13 in Gainesville, FL. You can scope the pertinent info here … and then immediately begin stressing about all the timing conflicts that you’ll eventually have to deal with.
Yes, FEST 13 has gifted us 365 of the best independent and underground bands in the world playing in 12 venues over the course of a long weekend, which means there are bound to be a few scheduling issues. On the flip side, we’re seriously talking about 365 categorically amazing bands gathered in one place strictly for your viewing / listening pleasure. With a lineup like this, you simply can’t go wrong no matter where in Gainesville you find yourself during these three awesome days.
New confirmations include Gold-Bears, LVL UP, Henrietta 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 the list goes on.
Also, this thing.
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. Certain bands will be playing “special” sets, including Less Than Jake performing Losing Streak in its entirety and an all twitter request set from A Wilhelm Scream. The full schedule can be viewed here.
Passes for THE FEST 13 and BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2 are available for purchase via the website. There are 700 tickets left for FEST and 200 remaining for PRE-FEST. A FEST 13 three-day pass is $120, a two-day pass for PRE-FEST is $50, and there’s a combo package of $140 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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