Happy FEST SITE LAUNCH DATE!!! Today (on 4/20), we have lots to be thankful for, but most of all we are thankful that we got this killer website up and are able to announce our first awesome round of bands playing our big 15 year anniversary!
Being that it is our big 15 we are gonna be doing some really cool things for all of you this year. First off, we have already confirmed over 300 bands! Today, we are only giving you a taste of who is coming to the party. On May 13th at 9pm EST, we will announce another large batch of confirmed bands. Trust me, that list is equally impressive if not more mind blowing as the list we are letting loose today.
So, who is coming? Well here is the short list to start out with. Feel free to check out the BANDS PAGE of the site for a full list of who we are confirming today. Also, take note that bands who have “FL Exclusive” badges means that they will NOT be touring round Florida, so you can only catch them in Ybor during PRE-FEST 4, or in Gainesville at FEST 15.ll.
CONFIRMED FOR FEST 15
Propagandhi (FL Exclusive), Less Than Jake, Strike Anywhere (FL Exclusive), Off With Their Heads (FL Exclusive) , Latterman (reunion + FL Exclusive), A Wilhelm Scream (FL Exclusive), Knapsack (FL Exclusive), Samiam (FL Exclusive), The Flatliners (FL Exclusive), Braid (FL Exclusive), Tim Barry (FL Exclusive), Dead to Me (FL Exclusive), The Menzingers (FL Exclusive) , AJJ (FL Exclusive), Shellshag, Small Brown Bike (FL Exclusive), PEARS, toyGuitar (FL Exclusive), Golden Pelicans, Captain We’re Sinking, Red City Radio, War on Women, Prawn, After the Fall, Annabel, Big Eyes (FL Exclusive), Audacity, Toys that Kill (FL Exclusive), Mustard Plug (FL Exclusive), Underground Railroad to Candyland (FL Exclusive), United Nations (FL Exclusive), Rozwell Kid, Iron Reagan (FL Exclusive), Night Birds (FL Exclusive), Planes Mistaken For Stars (FL Exclusive), Jeff Rosenstock (FL Exclusive), You Blew It and a ton more already announced.
WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?
Last year, we went pretty heavy with new bands, and as you can see, this year is already pretty much an alumni reunion party! Expect more old FEST guard coming out of the wood work for the May 13th announcement. We also have a few more reunions we have in store for you as well as several acts already confirming up special “Mystery Band” shows for FEST 15, as well as some fun cover sets and intimate acoustic sets already worked into the schedule.
We are also excited to inform everyone that we will once again be using a newly renovated Bo Diddley Plaza as our main stage this year! With this wonderful open air main stage environment in the middle of downtown Gainesville with a capacity large enough, there is no way you will not be able to watch the main stage bands and best of all…no big ass line!
BIG PRE-FEST in LITTLE YBOR 4
We are once again taking over Historic Ybor, FL for two days leading up to FEST 15. So, look into cheaper flight options into Tampa, FL and join us and about 80 bands in four venues for two days leading up to FEST 15 in Gainesville. We also have an amazing shuttle bus service we like to call the Pork Chop Fest Express that will get you quickly and safely to Gainesville for FEST 15 on Friday Morning and return you to the Tampa airport on Monday morning if you choose. While you are in Ybor for PRE-FEST 4, we have two hotels in walking distance to all the venues and eateries in Historic Ybor City. So, we not only have amazing bands doing special sets in smaller venue,s but we have your entire stay covered easily for you. Feel free to ask past PRE-FEST attendees, and they will tell you it is a fucking blast and an easy and affordable way to catch all the bands you love early so you can fit more in while you are in Gainesville.
HOT NEW MERCH ITEMS!!!
WHEN CAN I BUY SHIT???
FEST 15 passes, PRE-FEST 4 passes, FEST 15/ PRE-FEST 4 Combo passes, Hotels for both Gainesville and Ybor, Shuttle Bus (PCFE) tickets as well as all merch pre-orders will go on sale May 20th at 4:20pm EST.
So 5/20 at 4:20. Dig?
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You will not only stay up to date with the news and announcements leading up to FEST 15/ PRE-FEST 4, but when the event is going down you will be the first to get special announcements on who the MYSTERY BANDS will be as well as any last minute changes or surprises in the schedule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NEW FEST 14 HIGHLIGHT VIDEO:
Check out this new and expanded highlight video recap of FEST 14 and PRE-FEST 3 last fall. It is twice as long as the one we posted at the end of 2015 and has lots of footage not posted from the previous one.
I know there is a lot to take in right now so for the next few weeks enjoy the new site. Explore all the bands we have booked so far. Listen to the FEST RADIO PLAYER, and start planning out your trip to sunny FEST friendly Florida this fall to help us celebrate the our big 15!!!
Thanks! We will see you back on May 13th at 9pm EST for another awesome batch of bands joining us for the party!
-Tony and the FEST crew