HEY FEST FRIENDS,
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 the rooms available at the HAMPTON INN that is located in the heart of YBOR and within a short walk 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 and are adding the following bands to the already pretty nuts lineup. Able Baker Fox (FL Exclusive), Banner Pilot (FL Exclusive), toyGuitar (FL Exclusive), Western Addiction (FL Exclusive), Apologies, I Have None (UK), Tiltwheel, You Blew It, Rozwell Kid (FL Exclusive), The Dirty Nil (FL Exclusive), Astpai (AU), Pet Symmetry, Gender Roles (UK), Too Many Daves, Meridian and Debt Neglector will be joining the PRE-FEST 5 lineup with the likes of:
Rainer Maria, Smoking Popes, The Lillingtons, Beach Slang, Teenage Bottlerocket, 88 Fingers Louie, A Wilhelm Scream, Off With Their Heads, Tim Barry, Mustard Plug, Signals Midwest, Direct Hit, Red City Radio, Toys that Kill, Pears, Slingshot Dakota, Clown Sounds (URTC), Arms Aloft, Tender Defender, Dead Broke, Sinai Vessel, We Are The Union, Typesetter, sports., Caskitt, After the Fall, Prince Daddy & the Hyena, The Bombpops, Wolf-face, World’s Scariest Police Chases, Pkew Pkew Pkew, Awkward Age, Mikey Erg (Full Band), Tartar Control, The Dopamines, Meat Wave, The Murderburgers (UK), Drones, Dead Leaves, Swiss Army, Skating Polly, Apartments (IE), City Mouse, Mom Jeans, Ghouls (UK), Nightmarathons, Airstream Futures, Spanish Love Songs, Daydream, Horrible Things, Jason Guy Smiley, Graduating Life, New Junk City, The Howl, Jabber, The Jukebox Romantics, Dead Bars, Expert Timing, Ray Rocket, Hora Douse (UK) and a solo set from Zach Quinn of PEARS.
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!!!
BE MORE THAN A FAN. BE A PART OF FEST. VOLUNTEER and EARN YOUR FEST 16 or PRE-FEST 5 PASS!!!
If you live in the Gainesville or Tampa Bay area and want to help out and be a part of THE FEST 16 or PRE-FEST 5, here is your chance. THE FEST is looking for kick ass, friendly and serious volunteers. Volunteers are always needed to help run FEST. We offer a free pass to anyone who works ONE shift the weekend of. You will also get a SPECIAL FEST SHIRT for the event you work. This is a design that no one else can buy. A shift runs about 8-10 hours and is anything from working registration, the door, helping bands load equipment, stage/barricade security, serving beers at Bo Diddley Plaza, to being a rock star stage manager.
PRE-FEST 5 VOLUNTEER SIGN UP MEETING:
Sign Up Meeting Mon Sept 11 7pm @ The Orpheum (1915 E 7th Ave)- Ybor City, FL
FOR MORE DETAILS ON POSSIBLE JOBS CHECK OUT THE VOLUNTEER PAGE.
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You will not only stay up to date with the news and announcements leading up to FEST 16/ PRE-FEST 5, 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HOT NEW MERCH ITEMS!!!
BUY YOUR MERCH NOW AND GET EASY PICK UP WHEN YOU CHECK INTO REGISTRATION. NO LUGGING AROUND SHIT WHILE YOU ARE TRYING TO HANG OUT!!! YOU ALSO DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT US RUNNING OUT OF YOUR SIZE.
XXL XXXL AND XXXXL SIZES AVAILABLE ONLY FOR PRE-ORDER!!!
OFFSET YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT!
FEST offsets the carbon footprint of the venues, but that doesn’t account for the carbon footprint of attendee travel which makes up 98.1% of FEST’s overall footprint. We’re asking you to do your part by offsetting the carbon footprint of your travel to and from FEST. We’re working with the local environmental nonprofit We Are Neutral to offset your carbon footprint, right here in Gainesville. The cost to offset the average trip to FEST is $5. Please add these offsets to your purchase in the name of a healthier planet!
For more info about We Are Neutral visit http://www.weareneutral.com
That about wraps up this update for today. Lots more to come but for now help us out and tell everyone who you are stoked to see this year at BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 5!!!
Tony and the FEST crew