THE FEST is an independent multiple-day, multiple-venue underground music festival held annually in Gainesville, FL with support from the fine folks at No Idea Records and now THE CITY OF GAINESVILLE, FL.
For a dose of recent history, in 2013, THE FEST celebrated 12 years and expanded to four days in Gainesville, FL and added two days for the first annual BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR in the historic Ybor City, FL (TAMPA). FEST 12 hosted 400 bands in four days while BIG PRE-FEST gave 100 of those bands and close to 1,000 attendees another two days to enjoy the party in a new city.
Last year, THE FEST 13 hosted 373 musical acts over three days at 20 venues in the heart of Gainesville — including THE FEST taking over downtown Gainesville’s Bo Diddley Plaza, THE FEST’s first open air main stage! Adding Bo Diddley Plaza enabled FEST to step up production levels as well as enabled attendees to avoid lines and enjoy headliners in an amazing new atmosphere run solely in every way by FEST STAFF and FEST VOLUNTEERS. Plus, we finally had a venue large enough to have the fucking DESCENDENTS play!!! At it’s most packed, Bo Diddley Plaza enabled 5,500 people to watch a band together. 5 times the amount of people a band had previously played in front of in FEST history! The total three day impact on Gainesville was 21,888 FEST 13 wristband holders. 20% of attendees were non-US residents. a 5% increas from the previous year. 69% of attendees were not from Florida.
2015 brings FEST to our 14th year and we expect our attendance to grow even more. Over 10,000 music lovers will converge on Florida to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and some of the best underground punk, hardcore, indie and alt-country bands from all over the world. FEST will once again expand into Ybor City for BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 3 (Oct 28th & 29th) and going back to the standard three days in Gainesville for FEST 14 (Oct 30th, Oct 31st & Nov 1st). 2015 will also find FEST working even closer with the City of Gainesville to add LOT 10 (located in the heart of downtown Gainesville, FL) into their roster of venues. This additional venue will allow more attendees to enjoy the headliners and give FEST organizers an opportunity to utilize a larger open air space to grow the festival.
Established in 2002 with only 60 bands, four stages, and two days, THE FEST has experienced a massive growth rate, now finding the festival outgrowing the amazing city it was birthed in.
7 Seconds / Able Baker Fox / Against All Authority / Against Me! / A Great Big Pile of Leaves/ ALL / Allison Weiss/ American Steel / Ampere / Andrew Jackson Jihad / Ann Beretta /Anti-Flag / Armalite / The Arrivals / As Friends Rust / Assholeparade / Atom and his Package/ AVAIL / A Wilhelm Scream / Banner Pilot / Baroness / Ben Nicols / Big D and the Kids Table / The Blood Brothers / The Bomb / Bomb the Music Industry! / Bouncing Souls / Boy Sets Fire / Braid / The Briefs / Bridge And Tunnel / Broadway Calls / Burning Love / The Careeners (Grabass Charlestons) / Ceremony /Cheap Girls / Chixdiggit/ Chuck Ragan / Circle Takes the Square / Coalesce / Code Orange Kids /Coliseum / The Copyrights / DADS / Dan Vapid and the Cheats / Dave Dondero / Dead to Me/ Dear Landlord / Defiance, Ohio / Descendents / Diarrhea Planet / Dillinger Four/ The Dopamines / The Draft / Drag The River / Dwarves / Elway/ Engine Down / Ensign/ The Ergs / Fake Problems / F.Y.P. / Fight Amp / The Figs / The Flatliners / Fleshies / Floor / Frank Turner / From Ashes Rise / The Front Bottoms / The Gaslight Anthem / Ghost Mice / Good Luck / Good Riddance / Gospel / Government Warning / Grade/ Gunmoll / Hard Skin / Har Mar Superstar / The Holy Mountain / Hop Along / Horace Pinker / Hot Water Music / I am the Avalanche / Into It. Over It. / Iron Chic / J Church / Joey Cape / Joyce Manor / J. Robbins / Kaiju Big Battel / Kepi Ghoulie / Knapsack / Kyle Kinane / Kylesa/ La Dispute / Lagwagon / Larry and His Flask / Laura Stevenson / Latterman / Lawrence Arms / Leatherface / Lemuria / Less Than Jake / Lifetime / Look Mexico / The Loved Ones / Lucero / Make Do and Mend / Marked Men / Masked Intruder / Mastodon / Mates of State / Matt & Kim / Mean Jeans / Me First and the Gimme Gimmes / Melvins / The Menzingers / Mineral / Minus the Bear / Mixtapes / Modern Baseball / Municipal Waste / Mustard Plug / Naked Raygun / Negative Approach / Night Marchers / None More Black / Nothington / No Trigger / OBITS / Off with Their Heads / Old Man Markley / Only Crime / Paint It Black / Paul Baribeau / Pianos Become the Teeth / The Pietasters / Planes Mistaken For Stars / Plow United / P.O.S. / Polar Bear Club / Pretty Girls Make Graves / Propagandhi / Radon / Rehasher / Restorations/ Riverboat Gamblers / RVIVR / Russian Circles / The Sainte Catherines / Samiam / Screaming Females / Seaweed / Shellshag / Shook Ones / The Slackers / Sleepy Time Trio / Small Brown Bike / Smoke or Fire / Snuff / The Soviettes / Streetlight Manifesto / Strike Anywhere / Suicide Machines / The Swellers / Ted Leo and the Pharmacists / Teenage Bottlerocket / This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb / Tigers Jaw / Tiltwheel / Tim Barry / Tim Kasher / Titus Andronicus / THOU / Torche / Touché Amoré / Toys That Kill / Twelve Hour Turn / Underground Railroad to Candyland / Upright Citizens Brigade / Valient Thorr / The Velvet Teen / White Lung / White Wives / Young Widows / Youth Brigade