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. 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.
2014 brings FEST to our 13th 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 2 (Oct 29th & 30th) and going back to the standard three days in Gainesville for FEST 13 (Oct 31st, Nov 1st, Nov 2nd). 2014 will also find FEST working even closer with the city of Gainesville to add into their roster of venues the BO DIDDLEY PLAZA located in the heart of downtown Gainesville, FL. This additional venue will allow more attendees to enjoy the headliners and give FEST organizers an opportunity to utilize a larger space to grow the festival.
Last year, THE FEST 12 hosted 392 musical acts over four days at 12 venues in the heart of Gainesville—home of University of Florida. The total four day impact on Gainesville was 23,236 FEST 12 wristband holders. 15% of attendees were non-US residents and 69% of attendees were not from Florida.
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. The past five FESTs have sold out prior to the actual event! THE FEST also finds attendees and bands traveling to Florida from all over the world.
NOTABLE PAST BANDS
7 Seconds / Able Baker Fox / Against All Authority / Against Me! / A Great Big Pile of Leaves / ALL/ 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 / 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/ Ceremony / Cheap Girls / Chuck Ragan / Circle Takes the Square / Coalesce / Code Orange Kids / Coliseum / The Copyrights/ Dan Vapid and the Cheats / Dave Dondero / Dead to Me / Dear Landlord / Defiance, Ohio /Diarrhea Planet/ Dillinger Four / The Dopamines /The Draft / Drag The River / Dwarves / 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 / Grabass Charlestons/ 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/ Groovie Ghoulies / 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 / The Menzingers / 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 / 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 / Riverboat Gamblers / RVIVR / Russian Circles /The Sainte Catherines / Samiam/ Screaming Females / Seaweed / Shellshag / Shook Ones / 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 / 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