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...
Fest 11 is now only days away, and a lot of people are starting to arrive or get closer to Gainesville. While you're on your way in and out of this fine city, or if you'll be in the north-central Florida area for a little bit of time, you might want to take advantage of some of the awesome pre- and post-Fest shows around here. While Fest has an incredible lineup of its own, there are really only so many bands you can see in three days. Setting your schedule for before and after Fest can guarantee you seeing a few bands, which will reduce your conflicts during the weekend and turn an already-awesome three-day experience into an are-you-crazy-enough-to-attempt-this five or six day...
Keeping with the Fest theme, Ryan Willems from Dikembe took the time the give those who are going to Fest some things to certainly keep an eye out for when in town this weekend. Hit the replies to read his blog about what you should spend some time doing while in and around Gainesville.
With Fest 11 just a couple days away, today you'll be getting a couple guest blogs from guys in bands that will be partaking in the annual punk rock festivities in Gaineville, Florida. First, Dave Klyman from Restorations has written a blog for us on the rigors surrounding Fest, and you can give that a read in the replies.
As the second part of our Fest 11 coverage (we did a list of 22 bands you need to see last week), we asked our friend Dave Drobach (he plays in an awesome punk band called Grabass Charlestons and works at No Idea Records) for a little help in giving us some food recommendations in Gainesville. As a citizen of this upstanding town, I always speak highly of Gainesville's well-known Mexican restaurants, but there's a lot more to the food around here than just those places that everyone goes to every year. Dave essentially wrote up a guide to must-eat/drink restaurants all around town, ranging from the best places for coffee and beer to breakfast and brunch and dinner and everything in...
It's the first day of October, which means we're officially in countdown mode for The Fest 11, which takes place from October 26-28 in Gainesville, Fla., this year. I wanted to kick off coverage of the punk rock mecca with a list of 10 bands you should watch, but then I figured since it's the 11th incarnation of the festival, I should go ahead and make it 11 bands. I sat down to write the list and simply had too many good groups to spotlight, so I doubled the length to 22. Blame organizer Tony Weinbender and the rest of the Fest crew for drawing up too good of a lineup. Without further ado, you can head to the replies to check out our list of 22 bands to check out at The Fest 11. If...
The Fest has announced its schedule and times for its 11th installment. It will take place October 26, 27 and 28. There are some pre-Fest shows worthy of checking out as well - including this one featuring You Blew It!, Dikembe, The World Is A Beautiful Place..., Suis La Lune, Wavelets and others, including a Green Day Dookie-only covers set. Check back to AP.net leading up to The Fest as we'll have a variety of coverage as it draws closer.
The Fest 11 has added a bunch of new bands, including Plow United, Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Half Hearted Hero, Lowtalker, Kevin Seconds and more. The entire list of the new additions is in the replies.
So we probably should have posted this earlier...but tickets for The Fest 11 are now on sale. The server already crashed and came back hours ago so you should be all set to order your weekend passes. They are currently $85. Hotel rooms are for sale on the same page, but all of the rooms at the "Fest HQ" Holiday Inn sold out in about an hour.
Head to the replies to see a new batch of bands that were announced today for The Fest 11 in Gainesville, Fla. Notable additions include 7 Seconds, F.Y.P, Titus Andronicus, The Menzingers, La Dispute, and the Front Bottoms.
The lineup has been officially announced for The Fest 11 in Gainesville, Fla. It will take place on October 26, 27 and 28 and three-day weekend passes will go on sale on April 20 and they will be $85 until July 1st, when the price bumps up to $100. Head to the replies to see the full lineup, which includes a Cadillac Blindside reunion among many others that we posted yesterday.
Hello everyone and happy Fest 10! If you guys are interested in keeping up with this weekend's action in Gainesville, I'll be Festing all weekend and you can follow me on Twiiter here. I'll be tweeting the mystery bands each day as I'm allowed, and for (better) information, follow The Fest's Twitter here.
To celebrate all the Canadian talent that will be at the Fest this weekend, Juicebox put together a compilation that you can grab here. It features songs from The Flatliners, The Snips, Carpenter and more.