Welcome to our last pre-Fest 12 feature of 2013: The one where we use "Fest" as a verb. In the replies, you'll find a compilation of tips and tricks that we've accumulated from an assortment of Fest veterans, who are generously lending their knowledge to form a bit of a Fest survival guide of sorts. Vinnie from Less Than Jake offers up what he calls the "Gainesville Coffee Crawl," Chris from Fake Problems contributes a bunch of nonsense, and there's even more where that came from. Check it out in the replies, feel free to comment with your excitement for the four-day weekend – which kicks off tomorrow! – and don't forget that to pick up your tickets online before they're taken down...
Today's Fest 12 feature is a guest blog from SideOneDummy Records publicist Jamie Coletta. She is making her first-ever trip to Fest this year, and in anticipation has given us a write-up about the nine bands she absolutely does not want to miss, no matter what sort of physical damage she encounters due to Fest shenanigans. Check out her blog in the replies and don't forget that tickets are still available – Fest 12 kicks off on Thursday!
This week's Fest 12 feature was going to be a huge playlist that I created on Spotify featuring bands playing this year – but then I kind of realized that someone else had already done a way better job of creating such playlists, and that's the man who organizes Fest himself, Tony Weinbender. Tony has curated a host of playlists – six to be exact – featuring 20-25 songs each. Additionally, one of the other wonderful people who help make Fest happen, Sarah Goodwin, has her own playlist thrown into the mix. You can check out all seven playlists – enough to last you until Fest starts on Thursday, basically – over on Bandcamp. Take a listen to the bands you've never heard of, because that's...
We’re now less than two weeks away from the greatest punk festival in the world – The Fest. Now in its 12th incarnation, Fest will host almost 400 bands in Gainesville this year, spread out over roughly 15 venues in a 10-block area of the city (watched by about 6,000 people wearing all black). In celebration of this wonderful weekend – which is now four days instead of three! – we’ll be posting a few Fest-related features before it starts. Head to the replies to read our list of 12 things you can’t afford to miss at Fest 12 and check their website for all the info you need.
Fest 12 has released its full schedule, which you can view on their website. With the festival expanding to four days for the first time ever, there's a lot to digest. If you're going, discuss who you want to see most, where you'll be each night and speculate about the "mystery sets." And remember, there are always conflicts when your festival has this many great bands...so keep the noise down. Also, remember to pick up your tickets and keep up with our coverage.
The Fest has added a couple dozen bands, including RVIVR, Diarrhea Planet, The Dangerous Summer, The Last (featuring Bill Steneson and Karl Alvarez), Brainworms (reunion), Little League (final show), Brendan Kelly, Diamond Youth, Army of Ponch and more. The total number of bands playing Fest 12 is now 395. Additional, the schedule for Big Pre-Fest In Little Ybor can be seen here. Tickets are here and the full lineup is in the replies.
Fest 12 has added more bands including Lucero, J. Robbins, Tim Kasher, Cross My Heart, Drag The River, Modern Baseball, The Moms, Half Hearted Hero and more. The full update is below and the rest of the bands (now over 350) that are playing can be seen in the replies. Fest tickets are here.
In a plot twist that surprises no one, I have forgotten to post the last two updates to the lineup for Fest 12 (tickets here). Before I start typing a bunch of band names, news today comes in that Fest will be announcing "two reunions, two legends, one [band] who has not played since Fest 3, and more," so we'll have an update again later today as well! Over the past couple weeks, Fest 12 has confirmed performances from ALL, Circle Takes The Square, Titus Andronicus, Fake Problems, Sundowner, United Nations, Hop Along, Adventures, Glocca Morra, Junior Battles, Mikey Erg, PJ Bond (full band) and more. The updated lineup (330+ bands) is in the replies.
We reported earlier a rumor that Drive Like Jehu might be playing The Fest this year. They are not doing that. A statement from Fest organizer Tony Weinbender is below.
Drive Like Jehu is not playing Fest 12 and whoever started this blatant in official rumor is on my shit list! I had to squash all this after enjoying a wonderful day of a much needed vacation in the rain forest! Thanks for cause a mess of problems whoever you are!
It seems as though Drive Like Jehu will be playing a reunion set at The Fest this year. Check out a teaser image in the replies. We have reached out to Fest for official confirmation, so we'll update this post with news if we hear anything. Just saying, this would come alongside a Knapsack appearance as well. All of our Fest 12 coverage is here.
Fest 12 has added another new crop of bands, among which are Paint It Black, Off With Their Heads, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Pianos Become the Teeth, Banquets, The Holy Mess, Light Years, Pentimento, After the Fall, Reverse the Curse and Run Forever. Hit the replies to check out the full list of bands playing so far -- including those added on the May 4th update that we forgot to post -- for a total of nearly 200 bands. Fest 12 happens from October 31 to November 3 in Gainesville, FL and Big Fest in Little Ybor happens October 29-30 in Ybor City, FL. Tickets are available here.
The Fest 12 has announced its initial lineup and will be extending its length this year. "Big Pre-Fest In Little Ybor" will feature 100 bands in two days (October 29-30) across five venues in Ybor City, FL, which is just outside of Tampa. The Fest itself has extended to include Thursday now, so it will take place from October 31-November 3 in Gainesville. Hit the replies for the initial (lengthy) lineup announcement, which includes reunions from The Draft and Ann Beretta, along with The Bouncing Souls, Braid, Boy Sets Fire, A Wilhelm Scream, The Dopamines, The Flatliners, The Menzingers, No Trigger, Off With Their Heads, Teenage Bottlerocket, Code Orange Kids, I Am the Avalanche, Banner...