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.
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.
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.
2017 brings FEST to our 16th year and our 5th year in historic ybor city for BIG PRE-FEST in LITTLE YBOR 5!!! With a big year ahead we expect our attendance to grow even more!
To celebrate, we already have a historic return to Gainesville of Against Me! With the band playing the largest venue the band has ever performed at in Gainesville. To top that the band will perform their debut album from start to finish. We will also see a hometown return from Hot Water Music…rumors are they will be coming with a new album in tow. Plenty of familiar FEST alumni, lots of bands gracing the stages of FEST for the first time and some pretty special reunions planned. We project that over 10,000 of the best music fans and bands 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 5 (October 25th & 26th) and three days in Gainesville for FEST 16 (October 27th, Oct 28th & 29th- 2017. This year will also find FEST working even closer with the city of Gainesville by using Bo Diddley Plaza located in the heart of downtown Gainesville, FL, for our main stage venue. 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.
THE FEST 15 hosted 363 musical acts over three days at 18 venues in the heart of Gainesville . Once again, adding an open-air venue 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. At its most packed, our outside venue enable 5,500 people to watch a band together.
The total three day impact on Gainesville was 19,725 FEST 15 wristband holders. 22% of attendees were non-US residents (Foreign FESTers). 77% of attendees were not from Florida, once again showing that FEST brings some awesome tourism to the state of Florida.
7 Seconds / Able Baker Fox / Against All Authority / Against Me! / A Great Big Pile of Leaves/ ALL / Allison Weiss/ American Steel / Ampere / AJJ / Andrew WK /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 / Big Eyes / BIGWIG / The Blood Brothers / The Bomb / Bomb the Music Industry! / Bouncing Souls / Boysetsfire / Braid / The Briefs / Bridge And Tunnel / Broadway Calls / Burning Love / The Careeners (Grabass Charlestons) / Cayetana / 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 Girls / 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 / Mac Sabbath / 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 / PEARS / Pianos Become the Teeth / The Pietasters / Planes Mistaken For Stars / Plow United / P.O.S. / Polar Bear Club / Prawn / Pretty Girls Make Graves / Propagandhi / Radon / Red City Radio / Rehasher / Restorations/ Riverboat Gamblers / Rozwell Kid / RVIVR / Russian Circles / The Sainte Catherines / Samiam / Screaming Females / Seaweed / Shellshag / Shook Ones / The Slackers / Sleepy Time Trio / Slingshot Dakota / Small Brown Bike / The Smith Street Band / Smoke or Fire / Snuff / The Soviettes / Streetlight Manifesto / Strike Anywhere / Suicide Machines / The Swellers / Ted Leo and the Pharmacists / Teenage Bottlerocket / Tenement / This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb / Tigers Jaw / Tiltwheel / Tim Barry / Tim Kasher / Titus Andronicus / THOU / Torche / Touché Amoré / toyGuitar / Toys That Kill / Twelve Hour Turn / Underground Railroad to Candyland / United Nations / Upright Citizens Brigade / Valient Thorr / The Velvet Teen / War On Women / Weston / White Lung / White Wives / You Blew It! / Young Widows / Youth Brigade