Where do I stay in Gainesville for FEST 18?
We have partnered with HOTELS in Gainesville to host you.
Is FEST 18 all ages?
HERE IS A LIST OF VENUES AND THEIR AGE RESTRICTIONS.
*Please contact the venues to see what their policy is on letting minors into venues when accompanied by parent or legal guardian.*
- BO DIDDLEY PLAZA: ALL AGES
- BOCA FIESTA: ALL AGES
- PALOMINO: 18+
- CMC: ALL AGES
- BIG LOU’S PIZZA: ALL AGES
- 8 SECONDS: 18+
- ROCKEYS: 18+
- HIGH DIVE: 18+
- LOOSEY’S: 18+
- THE WOOLY: 18+
- THE ATLANTIC: 18+
- MOTHER’S PUB: 18+
- DURTY NELLYS: 21+
- HIPPODROME: ALL AGES
- HARDBACK: 18+
What should I bring?
EVERYONE ATTENDING FEST 18 MUST HAVE A VALID ID WITH BIRTHDATE TO GET INTO ANY OF THE VENUES. NO EXCEPTIONS! IF YOU ARE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY, PLEASE BRING YOUR PASSPORT TO EACH VENUE.
OTHER COUNTRIES’ DRIVER’S LICENSES WILL NOT WORK AT THE VENUES.
If you don’t have a driver’s license, then you must have a legal ID or Passport. College IDs will not work. This is not the ’70s.
What are the venues? And how far are the venues?
All of the venues are in walking distance. Bo Diddley Plaza, The Atlantic, The Wooly, 8 Seconds, CMC, Rockey’s, Boca Fiesta/Palomino, Big Lou’s, The Hippodrome, Durty Nelly’s, and Loosey’s are all in a four block radius. These are all walking blocks. Gainesville has a very small downtown. Mother’s Pub is on your walk to downtown from the Holiday Inn. CMC is south on Main Street. Hardback moved and is now a 13 min walk from the Atlantic/ Wooly headed north on Main St.
Are FEST venues handicap accessible?
All the venues in Gainesville are ADA compliant, however many are small capacity and one level, so viewing may be obstructed.
Bo Diddley Plaza is our largest venue and does have a raised up area for better viewing. FEST does not provide wheelchairs or walkers so please bring what you need. For more specific information please contact each venue to get a better understanding of their layout.
How do I get there? Rental cars? Flights? Greyhound?
The Gainesville Regional Airport is a quick cab ride to downtown. They use Atlanta, Miami, and Charlotte as hubs. Check there, but Jacksonville, Tampa, or Orlando is usually cheaper. GNV airport also has car rentals available!
We have secured a charter bus company to help you FEST folk get home after FEST 18! The bus will pick up attendees at the Holiday Inn on Monday November 4th and drive straight to Orlando International Airport. Bus seats can be purchased in the web store on the ticket page.
Also, check out Megabus. It runs from Atlanta and Orlando to Gainesville now! Super cheap, clean and they have Wi-Fi.
Gainesville also has a Greyhound station that is in walking distance from downtown or a short cab ride.
There is also an Enterprise Rental Car office near the Holiday Inn University Center on University Ave.
Can I buy a FEST 18 PASS for just one day?
Nope. However, some showcases will have an individual ticket price that allows you to just pay to attend that show only instead of having to buy a three day pass to FEST 18. These tickets will be limited to 10% of the capacity of the venue and can be purchased in advance once the schedule goes up. This usually happens in JULY 2019. Please follow us on social media to get updated as we get closer.
Can I buy tickets for an individual show in advance?
Depends. See above! When we do, we sell 10% of the venues capacity, but for the smaller venues we don’t pre-sell individual tickets or walk up tickets for. Check back when the schedule of showcases are announced in JULY 2019.
Are you full? Can my band play?
WE ARE FULL!!!! Please do not ask us to play. I repeat, please do not ask us to play. I get way too many emails so if you did not get a reply back about your request it is just because there is not enough time in the day to email everyone back. Thanks for understanding. Time saved = More time to plan FEST 18.
What are the drinking laws?
21 and up can drink at the venues. You can not drink on the street anywhere in Gainesville.
Package liquor can be purchased between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., packaged beer and wine may be sold between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m., any day of the week, and beer, wine and drinks at a bar can be purchased between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m.
Where do I eat? Drink? Buy my favorite…?
All that info will be stashed in your official FEST 18 guidebook. We will also be updating the LOCAL EATS section of the site as information becomes available.
How do I become a FEST 18 sponsor or take out an ad in the Official Guidebook?
For sponsorship/guidebook ad inquires, email RANDY (email@example.com).
*Please include a link to your company because we are kinda picky about who we associate with.*
How can I help promote FEST 18?
We can always use help in promotion, and here are two great ways that you can help us spread the word about FEST 18.
1). You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full contact info and mailing address. We will send you FEST promotional posters and postcards to help spread the word once they are printed. Usually in the summer. Please let us know how many of each you would like as well as where you plan to put them up at.
Can I be an official FEST 18 Photographer / Videographer?
Please read over the FEST PHOTOGRAPHY page on the site!
How can I volunteer for FEST 18 to get a free pass?
If you live in the Gainesville or if you have moved away from Gainesville and volunteered for FEST/ PRE-FEST before and did a good job in the past we would love your help making FEST 18 awesome!
THE FEST is looking for kickass, friendly and serious volunteers. Volunteers are always needed to help run Fest. We offer a free pass to anyone who works a shift the weekend of. You will also get a shirt that no one else can buy. A shift runs about 8-10 hours and is anything from working registration, the door, helping bands load equipment, barricade, stage security or being stage manager.
Volunteer signup meetings are on the VOLUNTEER PAGE. We will have sign up/informative meetings in Gainesville. If you would like to stay in the loop when these sign up/information meetings will be held or have any questions, please email your full contact info to: email@example.com.
If you have moved away from Gainesville, volunteered for FEST / PRE-FEST before, and did a good job, you can still volunteer without coming to a sign up meeting. If that is the case please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. We would love to have you back.
Can I table or distro at FEST 18?
We will be holding THE FEST FLEA MARKET at FEST 18 Registration at the HOLIDAY INN (GAINESVILLE) on November 1st. It will be set up in the same area as registration, so you will have everyone who attends/plays/volunteers passing through your area. Please click here for more information on The Flea. No, not that Flea, THE FLEA.
Will there be an official FEST HOTEL this year?
Yes! Go to THE FEST HOTELS PAGE for more information! We have several hotels to choose from.
How do I get a refund?
When you purchased your FEST 18 pass, it stated that there are NO REFUNDS on passes.
You may, however, change the name on your pass. There is a $20 charge to change the name. You need to email SARA (email@example.com) to arrange the name change and payment for the $20 fee.
KEEP IN MIND, IF YOU WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO DO THIS YOU WILL BE ONE OF THE MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE WAITED UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL TO READ THE AUTO RESPONDER INFO YOU WILL GET KICKED BACK BEFORE FREAKING OUT OR EMAILING AGAIN. IT WILL GET CHANGED AS LONG AS YOU EMAIL IN YOUR REQUEST BEFORE OCTOBER 25th, 2019 AT NOON EST! ANY NAME CHANGE REQUEST MADE AFTER THAT YOU ARE RISKING THE CHANCE IT WILL NOT BE PROCESSED IN TIME FOR REGISTRATION. WE DO UNDERSTAND THAT CERTAIN SITUATIONS COULD COME UP LAST MINUTE THAT COULD HINDER YOU FROM COMING. IF YOU HAVE THIS SITUATION PLEASE EMAIL AND WE HOPEFULLY WILL BE ABLE TO PROCESS YOUR REQUEST IN TIME.
If you miss registration check in, you will not be able to pick up your info or wristbands at the venues.
NO EXCEPTIONS OR REFUNDS!!! If you purchased merch and now find that you can’t attend, please email us. We can mail you your merch, but it will be ~3 weeks after FEST 18. You will also be responsible for paying for shipping.
*A $20 flat charge will be applied for any changes on rooms once the room is booked.*
Hotel Room Cancellations
- Before September 1st, 2019: Full Refund ($20 change fee)
- September 2nd – October 4th, 2019 : 50% Refund ($20 change fee)
- October 5th – October 28nd, 2019: NO REFUNDS AVAILABLE BUT YOU CAN CHANGE THE NAME ON YOUR RESERVATION FOR A $20 FEE.
Please email SARA (firstname.lastname@example.org) for changes to your room or cancellations.
How many people can stay in one room?
HOLIDAY INN UNIVERSITY: Each room booking will receive up to (4) Holiday Inn wristbands at check-in. These will allow you to enter the Hotel after FEST hours. This saves time so you do not have to check back in at the front desk each time. It also keeps unwanted people raging at your hotel.
ALL OTHER HOTELS: (4) GUESTS for a DOUBLE, (2) GUESTS for a KING/SINGLE BED ROOM.
When I book a HOTEL ROOM through this site, is my card charged then or when I check in?
When booking a hotel room on the FEST website, the credit card used will be charged immediately upon placing the order. You will have to leave a credit card or cash deposit at the front desk for incidentals. Check THE FEST HOTELS PAGE for a breakdown on each hotel option.
What is the age cutoff to purchase a ticket for children?
All children age 5 and younger are allowed inside Bo Diddley Plaza without having to purchase a ticket.
WHAT IS ALLOWED / NOT ALLOWED IN BO DIDDLEY PLAZA (MAIN OUTSIDE STAGE) AT FEST 18?
- Animals (except service animals to aid guests with disabilities)
- Outside Alcohol
- Illegal or Un-prescribed Drugs
- Weapons of Any Kind (e.g. guns, knives, sticks fireworks, mace and/or pepper spray)
- Professional Cameras (i.e. cameras with a detachable lens)
- Skateboards, Skates or Rollerblades
- Electronic Equipment… including laptop computers, iPads, audio recorders and tripods
- Musical Instruments (WE HAVE BANDS PLAYING. LEAVE YOUR JAMS AT HOME)
- Gifts for the Band
- Coolers of Any Kind (including small soft pack coolers)
- Personal Property that is a potential hazard to others (e.g. chains, wallet chains or spiked jewelry)
- Outside Food
- Open Water Bottles
- Backpacks, Messenger Bags, Tote Bags, Fanny Packs, Purses (ALL BAGS WILL BE SEARCHED BEFORE ALLOWED ENTRANCE)
- Cameras (any non-professional level digital cameras)
- Bug Spray
WHY NO PRE-FEST THIS YEAR?
After doing PRE-FEST for 6 years in Ybor we decided to stop doing it. Ybor was amazing to us, the venues are run by some of the raddest people ever, and PRE-FEST was super fun for all the bands and attendees but in the end it lost money every year. Not enough people came out so after scaling it back last year it seemed like a good time to say goodbye. I know there will be a few people in different cities doing shows leading up to FEST 18 to help many of the bands touring through. Follow FEST on social media outlets to get updates as we get word on any PRE-FUN leading up to FEST 18.