Well well well it is Friday and really close to clocking out time here at the No Idea/ Fest 8 offices. We have been super busy this week and deserve a evening of fun filled times. The sun is out, BBQ is being fired up, brews are getting cold, Virgins and Lords are coming to town and I am still able to wear my stupid flip flops everywhere! Today amongst all the stress and strains of trying to put on a massive party for you all on Halloween, I am filled with joy and ready to celebrate big time. For today friends we are excited to bring you a few pretty intense updates in the world of Fest 8!!!
Today we are first very stoked to be able to announce a reunion from Michigan’s Small Brown Bike for The Fest 8!!!
As many of you know the Bike recently announced that they were going to be playing a few Midwest dates. We instantly called them to see what the deal was and it did not take much convincing to get them to come join us once again for the party!
Small Brown Bike were originally part of the No Idea Records family releasing several ground breaking albums before leaving the label to released their final swan song for Lookout! Records and ultimately broke up in 2004. We were all very sad. Then in 2007 announcement came that the boys were planning a few reunion shows in September 2007 to benefit a dear friend of the band who had been battling Leukemia. With this news we quickly invited them to come to Gainesville and join us for Fest 6 since they had previously had to bail on Fest in 2004 when they called it a day. Mike from Small Brown Bike actually called the day of Fest 2 to say they would not be making it and have to bail. Var almost talked them into getting in the van and coming anyway. Well long story longer two years ago we got our wish and Small Brown Bike came and destroyed it with their final reunion at THE Fest 6. Check out the video of the entire explosive set here.
Along with the announcement of Small Brown Bike, we have another large chuck of confirmed bands now making the Fest 8 confirming over 300 bands!!! Yeah yeah yeah I know I said we would trim this year down but you know what? I’m a god damn liar and there are just too many god damn good bands!!!
Newly Confirmed Fest 8 bands:
Small Brown Bike, Josh Small, Madison Bloodbath, Thunderlip, Chotto Ghetto, Vaccine, Telephone Sons, Brook Pridemore, Stoned at Heart, Wurmchurch, The Terror in Tiny Town, Teenage Cool Kids, The Ex-Boogeymen, Jared Grabb, Prize Country, Vacation Bible School, Where The Land Meets The Sea, Stymie, Empty Orchestra, Devout, Hanalei, The Pizza Brothers, Worthwhile Way, Lost Hands Found Fingers, Surfer Blood, Apologies, I Have None, Dirty Fist, Jawsome, Weapons to Go, White Elephant Gift Exchange, John Walsh, Will Quinlan & The Diviners, and Trailer of Tears.
We also have for you today to freak out on is the preliminary version of the schedule here. We have listed bands playing by day. Keep in mind some of these bands will now contact us and let us know what day they were able to play and with that I say prove it! So enjoy thinking about if you should stay for Sunday or quit your fucking day job!!!
We will also have a Fest 8 ART/PHOTO SHOW that will be displayed at two locations the entire Fest 8 weekend with an opening Thursday October 30th.
The Fest 8 ART/PHOTO SHOW brings together art from all around the country, and from Gainesville's own back yard. plus a photo gallery of FESTs past.
artist showing so far will be:
Cristy Road, Lauren Denitzio (Red & Black Eye/ The Measure [SA] , Joshua Mikel (Shark Guts Design/ Look Mexico) , Laura Predny. And Lindsay Beaumont.
More artists to be announced in the weeks to come. The show will be curated by Ted Lincoln
Openings Thursday Oct 29th 7 pm till??? And will be held at:
48 sw 2nd st
Fest hours: thurs - fri 7am-11pm, sat 9am-11pm, sun 9am-7pm http://www.voltacoffee.com/
110 S Main St
Fest hours: thrus - sat 3pm-2am, sun 3pm-11pm http://alcovebar.com/
In other related Fest 8 news, National Undergroud has some amazing footage from FESTs past. You can check out a recent preview of an entire set from Dillinger Four, from Fest 7 where they play “Gainesville” to a packed house and packed stage full of drunken all stars here.
National Underground also has other antics from FESTs past including, Shook Ones, Paint It Black, None More Back, New Mexican Disaster Squad, A Wilhelm Scream, AVAIL, The Lawrence Arms, American Steel, Off With Their Heads, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Smoke or Fire, The Briggs, Glass & Ashes, and Dead to Me as well as impressive full live video stream in HD and downloadable audio MP3s of the entire sets from Against Me and Small Brown Bike from their last Fest performances. You can check all that out and more Fest goodness at the National Underground site.
There is also a trailer for a Fest documentary that the people from Blue Elephant are hoping to release. You can check out the debaucherous footage that makes THE Fest look like one pretty wild ass party here.
If you would like to help us spread the word about THE Fest 8 you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
with all your contact info and where you can put up posters at in your town. Also, please email us a general idea of how many posters you wish to take on.
You can also help us out by going to this page and stealing the Fest 8 web banner. You just cut and paste the link into your personal page so everyone can see it. Check them out here!
HOTEL FUN: The official Fest 8 hotel (Holiday Inn) is booked solid. We still have some room options still available there as well as rooms at the Paramount Plaza. Head to the hotels page to check it out!
That is it for this week. Next Friday we plan on having the complete schedule up for you all so the less you bug us this week the sooner we can get that done. Ha! Now we are going to clock out and soak up possible the last days we will have free to abuse our bodies until we see you all!!!