Happy FEST SITE LAUNCH DATE!!! We here at FEST HQ are have been working since December to bring you yet another stacked initial lineup of the BEST INDEPENDENT BANDS from all over the world who will converge on Florida to make FEST 16 the BEST FEST EVER!!! With FEST 16 we also get to celebrate a freakin’ decade of HORSEBITES crafting some twisted art identity for FEST! What a better way to bring it together than to have a FEST VOLTRON party down with us all this year.
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 5, or in Gainesville at FEST 16. We will also be coming at you with another batch of confirmed bands on May 24th @ 9AM EDT. Until then check out who we have coming so far…also, did I mention that AGAINST ME! is returning to Gainesville and will be playing Bo Diddley for the first time? Did I mention to celebrate they are going to play their debut album Reinventing Axl Rose from start to finish? Did I also mention yet that they are going to headline BOTH nights of PRE-FEST 5 down in Ybor? Well…guess we did now! Big returns from
HOT WATER MUSIC, ATOM AND HIS PACKAGE, TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET, BEACH SLANG and so many more FEST alumni you always look forward to seeing as well as first time FEST appearances by HUM, RAINER MARIA, THE LILLINGTONS, SNAPCASE, THE SMOKING POPES, 88 FINGERS LOUIE, & DAGGERMOUTH!!!
CONFIRMED FOR FEST 16 so far:
Against Me! (playing Reinventing Axl Rose/ FL Exclusive), Hot Water Music (FL Exclusive), HUM (FL Exclusive), Rainer Maria (FL Exclusive), The Lillingtons (FL Exclusive), Snapcase (FL Exclusive), Smoking Popes (FL Exclusive), Teenage Bottlerocket (FL Exclusive), Iron Reagan (FL Exclusive), 88 Fingers Louie (FL Exclusive), Beach Slang (FL Exclusive), Mustard Plug (FL Exclusive), A Wilhelm Scream (FL Exclusive), Off With Their Heads (FL Exclusive), Tim Barry (FL Exclusive), Toys that Kill (FL Exclusive), Direct Hit (FL Exclusive), Red City Radio (FL Exclusive), Pears, Clown Sounds (URTC) (FL Exclusive), We Are The Union (FL Exclusive), Tartar Control, The Dopamines (FL Exclusive), Meat Wave, Daggermouth (FL Exclusive), Allison Weiss (FL Exclusive), The Flatliners (FL Exclusive), Iron Chic (FL Exclusive), Nothington (FL Exclusive), The Copyrights (FL Exclusive), Atom and His Package (FL Exclusive), Screaming Females (FL Exclusive), City Mouse, Slingshot Dakota (FL Exclusive), Arms Aloft, Tender Defender (FL Exclusive), Dead Broke, Sinai Vessel, sports., After the Fall, Prince Daddy & the Hyena, The Bombpops, Wolf-face, World’s Scariest Police Chases, Pkew Pkew Pkew, Mikey Erg (Full Band), Dead Bars, Drug Church, Signals Midwest, Mobina Galore, Football, etc., Matt Woods, Skating Polly, Frameworks, Western Settings, Dikembe, DFMK (MEX), The Slow Death, Hospital Job, Save Ends, Gouge Away, Coffee Project, Late Bloomer, Teen Agers, Northbound, Zach Quinn, Cumulus, Chastity, Cloak/Dagger, The Murderburgers (UK), Leveless, and many many more listed on the confirmed band list.
WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?
Last year, we went pretty heavy with inviting alumni back to help us celebrate the big 15 year mark for FEST. This year we have lots of alumni returning but also a large batch of new bands to check out as well as bands who we always wanted and have finally talked into coming down to the party!
Expect more old FEST guard coming out of the wood work for the May 24th announcement as well as our final headliner who we have been asking since the very first FEST to play!!!
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 16, 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 5
We are once again taking over Historic Ybor, FL for two days leading up to FEST 16. 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 16 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 16 on Friday Morning and return you to the Tampa airport on Monday morning if you choose. While you are in Ybor for PRE-FEST 5, 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 venues 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. We also have AGAINST ME! headlining both nights!!! Check out the PRE-FEST 5 lineup to see who will be coming to Florida early and playing some “special” sets for you all who come early to PRE-FEST 5!!!
HOT NEW MERCH ITEMS!!!
WHEN CAN I BUY SHIT???
FEST 16 passes, PRE-FEST 5 passes, FEST 16/ PRE-FEST 5 Combo passes, Hotels for both Gainesville and Ybor, Shuttle Bus (PCFE) tickets as well as all merch pre-orders will go on sale April 28th at 4:20PM EDT. THAT’S NEXT FRIDAY!!!
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NEW FEST 15 HIGHLIGHT VIDEO:
Check out this new highlight video recap of FEST 15 and PRE-FEST 4 last fall.
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 16 and PRE-FEST 5!!!
Thanks! We will see you back on May 24th at 9AM EDT for another awesome batch of bands joining us for the party!
-Tony and the FEST crew