Downwrite will be putting on a holiday show on December 20th at the Metro in Chicago. Matt Pryor, William Beckett, Tim Kasher, Mark Rose, John Walker, and more will be playing. The full line-up and all the information can be found in the replies.
Massachusetts metalcore legends Overcast's discography is being collected and re-released as a 3-CD set titled Only Death Is Smiling on February 3rd via Bullet Tooth. They'll be playing a few shows to celebrate; dates are in the replies.
Black Veil Brides will be heading out on their "2015 Black Mass Tour" starting in February with Memphis May Fire and Ghost Town. The band is also planning to release a live DVD in June 2015. You can find the complete routing in the replies if anyone cares.
Face To Face will be performing Don't Turn Away, Big Choice and their self-titled album from front to back over three consecutive nights at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. Tickets go on sale Friday but you can check out the full details of the show in the replies.
The AV Club has a nice write-up about this past weekend's Fest, which can be read here.
What makes Fest so different from other punk-affiliated festivals such as Riot Fest or Pouzza Fest is that it serves as a barometer of where the punk scene is while remaining impervious to outside trends. Instead of trying to keep pace with the outside world, Fest has its own focus, giving the bands that play a stamp of approval they can’t get anywhere else.