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August 15th Update!

Hey Fest Friends,

So, today we have an early treat for you all.

Today, we announce the schedule for BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2!!!

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BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2 SCHEDULE

Also, we have gotten word back from some of the PRE-FEST bands about what they are doing as far as their SPECIAL SETS for PRE-FEST. We hope to have more commit to this soon but already it is looking really awesome.

SPECIAL BAND SETS FOR PRE-FEST 2
Less Than Jake – Losing Streak in it’s entirety (along with some other gems)
A Wilhelm Scream – all twitter request set
Broadway Calls – first record (or at least most of it)
Save Ends – 2012 EP Strength Vs. Will in entirety (+others)
Astpai – new record Burden Calls from front to back<
Banquets – first full-length, Top Button, Bottom Shelf
Matt Woods – all-request set

INDIVIDUAL SHOW TICKETS FOR PRE-FEST 2

You will also notice in the schedule and on the tickets page that we will be selling individual show tickets in advance this year for the showcases at PRE-FEST 2. So, if you or you know a friend who can’t quite make it out for the entire 2 days of PRE-FEST then snag a ticket to just one of the shows and still enjoy the party. Keep in mind that these tickets are very limited in quantity so grab them ASAP before they are all gone!

Speaking of all gone, we have less than 300 BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2 PASSES LEFT FOR SALE!  (link to tickets page).

These passes grant you access to all the official showcases involved with PRE-FEST in YBOR on OCT 29th and 30th! This includes the 20-year anv. show of KAIJU BIG BATTLE! DON’T WAIT ON THIS!!!! These will sell out soon.

VOLUNTEER FOR PRE-FEST 2

We have put the dates up for volunteer sign up meetings finally for PRE-FEST. They will be Oct 6th & 7th @ 7pm at the ORPHEUM in Ybor. You can check out the volunteers page for more info. We will have less volunteer spots than last year at PRE-FEST so come early to sign up and be a part of the team!!!

NEW MERCH

Check out some of the new merch designs we added to our merch store!!!!

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FEST 13 ART SHOW IN GAINESVILLE

We once again will be having the FEST ART SHOW. If you are an artist or photographer who is in a FEST band or has done work for bands who play/have played FEST, then check out the ART SHOW page of the site and see how you can submit. Deadline is August 31st!!!

FEST PRESENTS FREE SHOW!!!

We like to help out friends, and what better way then to pay them off so we can make a FREE SHOW once in a while for all of you. Please come out early! This will be the blow out of the summer!!!

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Well, that is it for today. More to come soon. Hopefully the FEST 13 schedule will be tightened up and available for your viewing pleasure in the weeks to come. For now, get stoked on BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2, spread the word, and hopefully we will see many of you soon at LOOSEY’S next weekend

Cheers, Tony and the FEST crew.

Mid-Summer Update!

Hey Fest Friends!

It’s been a little while since we did a big update so I figured we should do a little re-cap of what has gone down while you were busy eating hot dogs and sticking fireworks in all the wrong places.

MORE BANDS ADDED TO FEST 13

We are nearing the very end of the lineup but made some wiggle rooms to get these fine folks added to the party!

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A Wilhelm Scream were actually one of the first bands to confirm up for FEST 13. No surprise there, however we waited to announce them so it would not affect their headlining tour that just rampaged through Florida. We got some good hangs for two nights, and I think I am still feeling a little light headed from it all.

Also, in addition, we are extremely honored to have The Paul Collins Beat performing. For those of you unfamiliar, Paul Collins was in The Nerves who originally did “Hanging on a Telephone” that was brought back by Blondie. After the Nerves broke up, he formed THE BEAT. Now he rocks the best of both plus a bunch of new rockin’ classics. Check out our featured video for just a taste of what is to come from THE PAUL COLLINS BEAT!!! You can also hit up his website for tons of info and free live downloads.

We also are adding … Fake Problems, THOU, Shellshag, Shinobu, Annabel, Big Awesome, The Moms, Chris Cresswell (The Flatliners), Vic Ruggiero (The Slackers), Crow Bait, Free Throw, Sorority Noise, Campaign, Coma Club (Ex/ NMDS/ VRGNS), Anemones and the Weighted Hands.

We are also adding Frameworks and Self Defense Family to BIG PRE-FEST 2 down in YBOR (TAMPA)!

For a full list of who is playing FEST 13 click here. I think we are at 336 now!!!

For a full list of who is playing BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2 click here.

Remember, these bands all claim that they will be doing “special” sets at PRE-FEST. Hopefully they will let us all know soon what they have in store for us all. *cough cough, tell Sarah*

FEST 12 HIGHLIGHT REEL/ VIDEO ARCHIVE

If you have not had a chance to check out the latest highlight video from FEST 12 and BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR from last year, wander over to the VIDEO ARCHIVE  of the site. You can find that as well as a ton of videos from FEST past. Even footage of Against Me! from FEST #1 back in 2002!!!

FEST 13 and BIG PRE-FEST 2 PASSES STILL AVAILABLE

Passes are still available but are quickly running out. We have about 1,000 passes left for FEST 13 and only about 400 left for BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR!!! Being that we are still over three months away, I see both selling out before the summer is over. Don’t wait around and snag a pass today!!! That’s why god created credit cards right?

HOTEL ROOMS STILL AVAILABLE

The Paramount Plaza and Holiday Inn are still sold out for Gainesville, but we have just partnered with SUPER 8 in Gainesville to offer a discounted rate for FEST attendees. Check out the HOTELS PAGE for more info/ rate/ and number to call!!!

Ybor/Tampa HOTELS are still available for BIG PRE-FEST 2 but going super fast!!!  Grab one now before they are gone on the PRE-FEST HOTELS PAGE.

PORK CHOP FEST EXPRESS

For those of you going to PRE-FEST 2 in Ybor/ Tampa or if you live in that area and are looking for a cheap, safe, clean, and awesome way to get to and from Gainesville, check out the fleet of charter buses we have scored again this year we have called THE PORK CHOP FEST EXPRESS.

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD

We have a ton of different web banners. Steal them here and help spread the word. 

Also, we should be getting our FEST 13 and PRE-FEST 2 promotional posters and postcards in soon. If you want to help us spread the word in your town email streetteam@thefestfl.com and we will hook you up! Send us photos of a rad place you placed them and we will share with Facebook and Instagram.

 

FEST RADIO PLAYER

Wanna check out new bands playing FEST 13? Check out this monster FEST RADIO PLAYER. I listen to it while working every day and have found some amazing new gems

FEST ART SHOW IS BACK

We are very happy to find a home again for the FEST 13 ART SHOW. This year good friends and family will host it over at Anthem Tattoo who have recently moved their HQ into a beautiful historic house in downtown Gainesville. Check out the ART SHOW page for more info and how to submit your artwork/ photography to possibly show this year.

COMING SOON BEFORE SUMMER’S OVER

COMEDY LINEUP ANNOUNCED

FREE FEST 13 DOWNLOAD COMPS

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TIE DYED FEST LOGO SHIRTS!!!

FEST HAND STITCHED POCKET T’S by ANT Apparel

Well folks,I think that is about it for our mid summer update. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for faster updates and good times. Now time to tighten up the schedule and loosen up the brews to get ready for another crazy year of FEST! Enjoy the rest of July and try not to get crazy from the heat!

-Tony and the FEST crew

June 9th Update!

Happy Monday, Fest Friends!

We have a quick update and a reminder for you all.

Bands Added to Fest 13

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7 Seconds, Only Crime, RVIVR, Shellshag, Pet Symmetry, Brief Lives, Captive Bolt, Single Mothers, Erica Freas (RVIVR), MERM (Mattie Jo Canino/ RVIVR), Carrion Spring, Rivernecks, The Ones to Blame, Rapturous Grief, Rubbish, Process, Bartender Brian, The Moms (Acoustic)

We’re also happy to have our friends Tiltwheel & Rotting Out playing Pre-Fest 2 in Ybor this year!

Early Bird Pricing Ends June 30th!

That gives you 3 weeks to get the best rate possible! Don’t snooze! Passes are selling fast!

We still have a few pretty cool features in the works for you all, so be sure to check back with us on the reg. You’ll hear from us again soon.

Thanks! Don’t swelter in this summer heat. – Tony & The Fest 13 Crew

April 24th Update!

Hey FEST Friends,

As promised, here’s the next batch of confirmed bands!  By my counts, that makes the total confirmed 250+. Crazy – considering this time last year the site had just launched! See the list below for you to geek out!

 BANDS ON BANDS ON BANDS

 

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We are more than happy to announce that Mineral is coming to Fest to celebrate their 20th Anniversary! Get stoked.

Also joining us, a hearty mix of the old and the new: Paint It Black, Iron Chic, The Copyrights, The Arrivals, Treasure Fleet, Radon, Jeff Rosenstock, Asshole Parade, Dangers, The City On Film (full band), Lifted Bells, Make Do and Mend, The Dopamines , Xerxes, Sundials, Stickup Kid, Hard Girls, American Sharks, Posture & The Grizzly, Glocca Morra, SPORT (FR), Post Teens, Eric Ayotte, Tiny Empires, Adventures, Empty Lungs (nIRE), Ducking Punches (UK), Creepoid, Ex-Breathers, Edmonton, Football, ETC, Pool Party, King Friday, The Cincinnati Royals, Old Wounds, Old Lines, Nerd Alert, Hospital Job, The Maxies, State Faults, The Blind Staggers, Made Ready, Weak Teeth, Worship This!, The Pauses, Jason Guy Smiley and Greenland Is Melting

Here are the few hitting up Ybor & Gainesville: PUP (CA), Madison Bloodbath, Toys that Kill, Underground Railroad to Candyland, Benny The Jet Rodriguez and Jeff Brawer

That’s all the new junk I got for now! Take care of yourselves.

Cheers, Tony & the FEST 13 Crew

April 20th Update!

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April 19th Update!

Hey FEST Friends,

Tomorrow, we will celebrate my new favorite Holiday 4:20 EASTER!! I can’t think of a better merger of special times — so we decided to toss into the mix the first day of selling PASSES/ HOTELS/ MERCH and seats on the PORK CHOP FEST EXPRESS. This is always a pretty crazy day so here are a few things to keep in mind when ordering.

  • SALES START AT 4:20PM Eastern Standard Time in the U.S.A. So set your clocks and be ready to snag your shit!
  • THE HOLIDAY INN (GAINESVILLE) rooms go super fast! This is the main thing that people grab first and the first thing to sell out. Last year the entire hotel sold out in 45 minutes through our site. DO NOT CALL THE HOLIDAY INN TO BOOK A ROOM OR WITH QUESTIONS. They will not be able to help you. We also suspect that the HILTON GARDEN INN (YBOR) will go quickly too, since we only have a small rooming block there.
  • If you are NOT ordering a hotel right now, please wait an hour or so before buying your PASSES and other stuff. This will help keep the site from getting bogged down and help the folks, especially traveling from far far away to be able to access the site to process their hotel orders.
  • REMEMBER: What ever you purchase will be charged to your card at that time!!!
  • In the beginning of the sale, expect the site to load SLOW!!! We have upgraded our server to the max allowed for this day, but keep in mind we are not a fucking major corporate monster so shit will run slow. Best is to go to the site now and figure out exactly what you want to purchase so you can get in and out with the quickness.
  • DO NOT FREAK OUT when your confirmation email receipt does not pop up in your in box within seconds. Due to the amount of orders, it may take some time for that email to get to you. If you still have not received your email confirmation within 24 hours check your spam folder first, then contact us.

I think that is about it for now. I hope everyone has a smooth and happy transaction, and we are extremely excited to see where you all are coming from! I am sure we will share some of these stats with you on Thursday 4/24 when we announce the next round of confirmed bands.

Thanks again for making each and every year of FEST a special one. Enjoy 4:20 Easter! Don’t get too enlightened and try to eat the entire bunny!

Cheers and thanks,
Tony and the FEST crew

MORE BANDS TO ANNOUNCE FOR FEST 13

Thursday 4/24 you can come back to the site to see a new batch of bands confirmed for FEST 13! We pushed the announcement back a few days in hopes to get the final word from some folks who were still figuring out their plans. Come back then and see who will be returning and who we are bringing back from their slumber.

April 15th Update!

FEST FRIENDS,

Heads up! We added more bands to FEST 13 now making it 200 confirmed bands. We still have some big hopefuls we are still waiting on & an inbox that is overflowing with requests to play (despite us asking not to email us). So, with over 6 months away from FEST 13, I think we are off to an amazing start!

Before you get all caught up in who has been added we have an important reminder for you all.

FEST 13 PASSES, BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2 PASSES, HOTELS, PORK CHOP FEST EXPRESS TICKETS, AND OFFICIAL MERCH all go up for purchase on 4/20/14 at 4:20pm EST!!!!

So, mark your calendars so you don’t forget. HOTELS usually go super fast and we expect FEST 13 and PRE-FEST 2 passes to sell out faster than they ever have before with this special lineup this year.

Now that we have warned you here is who we have added for round two of bands playing FEST 13!!!

JUST ADDED TO FEST 13

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We are very excited that Hot Water Music has chosen to celebrate their 20 year anniversary with us – only Florida show to boot!

Also joining the party: Touché Amoré, Masked Intruder, Screaming FemalesBen Nichols, Modern Baseball, Pianos Become the TeethThe SidekicksEveryone Everywhere, TiltwheelSmalltown (SE)Enabler, RescuerRunaway Brother, Shallow CutsRational Anthem, Et Tu Brute, Three Man Cannon, The Hundred Acre Woods, The Weaks, Chalk TalkSRVVLSTArliss NancyKittyhawkTwo KnightsCicada Radio, Lindsey MillsClose TalkerJunior BattlesProtagonistSunshine StateTeen AgersWet NurseThe Bennies (AU)The Shell CorporationStabbed in BackBrian MarquisToo Many DavesAndrew Cream (Full Band)Arms AloftMy ManNothing In The DarkPlaceholderRust Belt Lights, and the Duppies.

Also, Restorations, Worriers, Pale Angels, Cumulus as well as a special reunion from SPRAYNARD will be appearing at both FEST 13 (GAINESVILLE) and BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2 (YBOR/TAMPA).

That is your update for now. We will be announcing another batch of bands on 4/21/14, the day after everything goes on sale.

If you are first visiting the FEST 13 site, please keep reading to see who else is playing and get more info on how the party time will go down this year!

Cheers,

Tony and the FEST 13 Crew

April First Update!

Hey PRE-FEST Friends!

Welcome to the official home for BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2!!!

We will once again be coming back to the Ybor/Tampa area to give true FEST diehards two extra days of good times, good friends & bonus sets by some of our FEST Band Friends. Last year went swimmingly. Everyone loved Ybor. All the venues were super close. The weather was amazing. What I heard most from folks is that they liked how it was on a smaller scale. No lines and lots of good hangs.

We are planning on doing the same this year for sure, AND by it being our second year, I am sure we will make it even better.

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PASSES/MERCH/HOTELS GO ON SALE APRIL 20TH @ 4:20pm EST.

Since we are only going to be selling 1,200 PRE-FEST 2 PASSES they will go fast. If you grab your pass before June 30th, you can take advance of a discounted rate of $40 for a 2 day pass!!!

You can save even more by purchasing a FEST 13/ BIG PRE-FEST 2 COMBO PACK. 5 Days of FESTING for only $130!!!

PRE-FEST 2 BANDS/ SPECIAL SETS

We are planning to host about 60+ bands this year and since many of you are planning on doing PRE-FEST 2 and FEST 13, we are highly encouraging bands to perform “special” sets different from their FEST 13 sets. If you are in a band and have a plan, let Sarah (sarah@thefestfl.com) know asap!

All bands playing PRE-FEST 2 in Ybor will also be playing FEST 13. Last year this gave many of you a chance to cross off some bands on your list or have the time to check out new bands. For those of you in the Tampa Bay area, this will give you a chance to experience FEST without having to leave your backyard. Hell, we even had a surprise pop in by CM PUNK last year as he rocked on stage with his buddies in Bouncing Souls.

Here is who we have confirmed so far. We hope to be able to add more to this list soon.

Less Than Jake, Strike Anywhere, The MenzingersChixdiggit (CA)Groovie GhouliesInto It. Over It.Red City RadioTim BarryLaura StevensonCheap GirlsNight BirdsBroadway CallsBanner Pilot, The Smith Street Band (AU)Dear LandlordThe Flatliners (CA)Matt Woods, Dead BarsSave EndsTimesharesBanquetsDadsElwayMikey ErgPentimentoDirect Hit, GatesApologies I Have None (UK) , Such Gold, Signals MidwestPJ Bond (Full Band)Hostage CalmMockingbird Wish Me LuckSomosFranz Nicolay, Gnarwolves (UK), Leagues Apart (UK)Muncie Girls (UK)Lee Corey OswaldLipstick HomicideThe Murderburgers (UK)Caves (UK)Bear Trade (UK)Nai Harvest (UK)Sad and FrenchAwkward Age,  Wolf-face and many more soon to be announced.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the “FLORIDA EXCLUSIVE” ribbons on the bands’ pages! That means they’re making Fest their only Sunshine State experience!

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VENUES

This year for PRE-FEST 2 we will once again be working with THE ORPHEUM, CROWBAR, and NEW WORLD BREWERY. We are in the works to add a fourth venue to the mix. THE ORPHEUM AND CROWBAR WILL BE ALL AGES!!!  NWB will be 18+. We will let you know soon as to what the fourth additional venue will be. We will be starting shows round 5pm each day with a Thursday afternoon acoustic showcase to get you warmed up. This will give everyone a chance to rest up on Thursday and get outside to explore some of the awesome things YBOR/TAMPA has to offer.

TWO HOTEL OPTIONS THIS YEAR

We are pleased to once again be able to offer the HILTON DOWNTOWN TAMPA to our guests. We also have added a smaller hotel right in the heart of YBOR this year. THE HILTON GARDEN INN of YBOR will also be hosting our PRE-FEST 2 REGISTRATION.

Check out the HOTELS page for descriptions, rates and more info for each hotel option.

Remember, HOTELS/ MERCH/ PASSES go on sale APRIL 20th at 4:20pm EST.

PORK CHOP FEST EXPRESS

The PCFE returns this year to help you all get from Tampa to Gainesville and back to the Tampa International Airport and make your travels fun, comfortable and safe. These charter buses will be filled with FEST attendees taking you on a straight shot to your destinations. There is A/C, WiFi, and we will be showing a screening of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA again this year. These buses seat 55 FEST nerds and is a great way to travel with easy and rest up for the journey ahead. Check out the PORK CHOP FEST EXPRESS page for more info. These bus seats will be available to book on 4/20 @ 4:20PM EST.

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Also, don’t forget about the big deal party time in Gainesville to follow. Click on the FEST 13 link above for more info and see the initial lineup.

Well, I think that is about it for this initial update for BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR. We will be bringing you more bands and more info in the weeks to come. Please check out our social media links to stay updated with both FEST 13 and PRE-FEST 2.

We also have a separate PRE-FEST 2 Facebook page to just inform about specific updates and additions!

Cheers and hope to see you all out to support this great addition to FEST LIFE!!!

-Tony and the FEST crew

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