BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR - OCT 29TH & 30TH - 2013 IN YBOR (TAMPA), FL
5 VENUES- 6 STAGES- 100 BANDS w/ MANY DOING SPECIAL SETS JUST FOR PRE-FEST!!!
So, we have decided to expand our annual PRE-FEST down to the wonderful historic district of YBOR city (TAMPA, FL). I LOVE YBOR! It is a beautiful area of Florida full of culture, art, music, and the food!!! I can’t say enough about the good times we have shared down there. I was approached to try to expand FEST down there by our good friends at PBR. Our two reps live in the area and honestly wanted to try to share their backyard with all of you. After meeting with all the venue owners in Ybor and talking with long time friends from the area it just seemed like a no brainer. You also factor! TAMPA has a much larger international airport TIA (TPA). Flights would be cheaper for you all. We have also partnered with one of the nicest hotels I have had the pleasure to stay in - TAMPA HILTON DOWNTOWN!!!
You can find more info about this swanky joint on the HOTELS PAGE.
As far as the venues go, they are even within a closer walking distance than the ones in Gainesville. So you will have no problem jumping from show to show and finding crazy places in between to hang out at.
We also felt like by expanding FEST into Ybor would open the opportunity for us to officially help bands play another show in Florida that would be as fun as the caliber of the shows they get to experience in Gainesville at FEST over the years. By also hosting this on a Tuesday/ Wednesday, it will also be an opportunity for many of our friends who work on weekends be able to finally ENJOY FEST instead of getting jealous for having to slave away while everyone else gets to play.
HOW WILL IT WORK?
BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR will work the same as FEST in the fact that you will purchase a TWO DAY pass (link to tickets page) that will allow you into all the venues. The venues we are using have been nothing but amazing so far to work with and are truly excited to host all of us.
WHAT VENUES WILL IT BE AT?
We will be having shows at the following venues, so far.....
We will be running all the venues at the same time in true FEST style from 5pm- 2am each night. Wednesday in the daytime, we will see what goes down. Maybe you can choose your own adventure, check out the Florida Aquariumor the Skate Park of Tampa, take your chances at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, or ride some rides at Bush Gardens. There are also wonderful Gulf Coast beaches minutes away! Really up to you. Lots of options to choose from, and I am sure there will be other awesome friends in the Tampa area who will be planning a few day shows as well. As we find out we will inform you through the site. We still have several months to plan this exciting new addition to FEST!!!
We will also be hosting PRE-FEST REGISTRATIONand FEST FLEA MARKETat our OFFICIAL PRE-FEST HOTEL - The TAMPA HILTON DOWNTOWN. They are giving us an amazing DISCOUNTED RATE and are very open to us taking over their hotel. Head over to the HOTELS PAGEto check out more and book your rooms now before they fill up!!!!
NEED A RIDE FROM TAMPA TO GAINESVILLE AND BACK?
We have that covered too! We have set up a very special bonus to help make your extended Florida vacation even easier. We have partnered with a top notch charter bus company. Each bus has 55 seats. We are calling these sweet rides THE PORK CHOP FEST EXPRESS. Named after Jack Burton’s trusted 16 wheeler, this premium coach bus service comes with cold cold A/C, restrooms, large luggage area, free Wi-Fi & DVD entertainment system where we will be screening a little movie called BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, of course! Also, when you get on the PCFE you will be given a very special gift bag full of goodies as well as a t-shirt that no one else will be able to purchase.
* You can bring food and beverage on the bus. Just no boozin’ on the bus!!! How old are you fools?!
TRIP #1: The PCFE will be picking up passengers at 11:00am on 10/31/13 at the OFFICIAL PRE-FEST HOTEL - THE TAMPA HILTON DOWNTOWN and taking you straight to The Holiday Inn University (FEST 12 REGISTRATION).
TRIP # 2: The PCFE will return to The Holiday Inn University on Monday 11/4 at 11:00am and take passengers to Tampa International Airport (TPA)so you can fly home.
Price will be $40 a seat each way. It will take 2 - 2.5 hours each way for your non-stop trip depending on traffic.
WHAT ABOUT THE BANDS?
Our plan is to book 100 bands to start and as of 4/20/13 we are half way there!!! All the bands playing BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR will also be performing at FEST 12 in Gainesville as well. So why bother seein’ them in Ybor? Well, to make it worth it, we are encouraging the bands to play “special” sets for PRE-FEST. We have some really exciting news to share soon on who will be doing these “special” sets and what they will feature. We will announce these “special” sets in the weeks to come once all the bands figure out what they want to do.
So far we have great FEST alumni signed up to play BOTH cities likeBouncing Souls, A Wilhelm Scream, The Menzingers, Torche, Mustard Plug, No Trigger, The Flatliners, The Dopamines, Mean Jeans, Masked Intruder, Broadway Calls, Banner Pilot, Blacklist Royals, Code Orange Kids, Restorations, Crusades and many more including reunions from long time buds THE DRAFT and ANN BERETTA!!!
We also will be adding new bands to our family like: Big D and the Kids Table, I Am the Avalanche, Lee Corey Oswald, Lovely Bad Things, Nona, Cement Matters, Rescuer, and more.
You can always check out the entire list of who is playing BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR on the BANDS page of the site. There is a filter option. Check it out. We will be adding more as time goes on.