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11:41 AM on 10/28/13
Deborah Remus
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Cool list. If I was going the only band I'd absolutely have to see would be Off With Their Heads because I love them and I'm still sad/angry the Canadian border guards kicked them out a year ago.

Serious question: Are the venues really as smoky as I think they are? Because I heard Florida still hasn't banned smoking indoors and that's a huge deal breaker for me. If it's not that bad maybe I could suck it up, but something tells me I'd be smelling like an ashtray for a week.
12:39 PM on 10/28/13
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They are certainly somewhat smokey. There are always some people smoking in them but its generally only a couple of asshats. So its not overwhelmingly smoking. The beer and sweat smells still overpower the smoke smells. I hate being around smokers but it really doesn't bother me at fest because the rest of the festival is so awesome.

Thanks for your input! Maybe I'll be OK, but I have to admit my tolerance is pretty low, haha. I don't know why Florida doesn't get with the times and just ban smoking indoors anyway... I guess living in Canada has really spoiled me.
03:36 PM on 10/28/13
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I won't lie Ė I very rarely see people smoke inside. Like, it happens a bit....but it's kinda strange when it does? I lived in Gainesville for four years and it's definitely not super common.

I see, so it's not really that socially acceptable then? I just kind of assume the worst, I know there's a lot of people in this "scene" that still seem to smoke, haha. But I also know some smokers who won't even smoke in their own homes so you never know I guess. Either way I'll probably just suck it up and go.

There are trade-offs in every city. I don't have to deal with smokers in Seattle, but have to be back at the bar to drink during all ages shows.

But yeah, judging from your top ten lists each year you should certainly try to make it down to Fest one of these years. Its really an experience like no other. Yes, there is some bullshit that goes on like people smoking or throwing half full cans of PBR into a crowd of people, but in the end getting to see so many of your favorite bands play to crowds far bigger than what they'd get if they managed to visit your hometown make you too happy to get worked up over any of it

Yeah, I know... based on my music tastes it's probably ridiculous I still haven't been to the Fest yet.

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