Where do I stay in Ybor/Tampa for PRE-FEST 6 or Gainesville for FEST 17?
We have partnered with hotels in each city.
Are FEST 17 / PRE-FEST 6 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.*
PRE-FEST 6 (YBOR)
- CROWBAR: ALL AGES
- THE ORPHEUM: ALL AGES
- THE BRICKS: ALL AGES
FEST 17 (GAINESVILLE)
- 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+
- BOXCAR: ALL AGES
- HIPPODROME: ALL AGES
- HARDBACK: 18+
What should I bring?
EVERYONE ATTENDING FEST 17 and PRE-FEST 6 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?
GAINESVILLE: 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, Hardback, 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. Boxcar is at Depot Park just past CMC on Main St.
YBOR (TAMPA): YBOR is a thriving historic district and has many clubs/venues all in walking distance right off of one strip (E 7th Ave). The venues are all within a 6 walking block stretch. Super easy to find and plenty of bars, eats, and shops in between.
What’s the deal with the charter bus to get me to Gainesville from Tampa?
We have secured a charter bus company to help you FEST folk get from TAMPA to GAINESVILLE and back. You can go to the PRE-FEST 6 PAGE for more info and to the TICKETS PAGE to purchase a ticket on the THE FEST EXPRESS!
We are trying to make this as easy as possible for you to enjoy both cities. Attendees who rode the FEST EXPRESS the last four years loved it, so I am sure it will be a popular and easy form of transportation again this year.
How do I get there? Rental cars? Flights? Greyhound?
The Gainesville Regional Airport is a quick cab ride to downtown. They mainly use Atlanta as a hub. Check there, but Jacksonville, Tampa, or Orlando is usually cheaper.
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.
TAMPA also has a Greyhound station that is a half mile from Ybor.
There is a rad streetcar system called the TECO Line that boards right near both Ybor hotels that will take you to downtown if you want to see more of Tampa in the daytime. Fares are $2.50, or you can purchase an all day pass for $5. You can find more info about fares, stops and running times on the TECO Line Streetcar System website.
Can I buy a FEST 17 PASS or PRE-FEST 6 PASS for just one day?
Nope. However, we do offer single day ADVANCE TICKETS and walk up individual ticket sales (if not sold out in advance). These tickets will go onsale later this summer once the schedule has been posted for each city.
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 later this summer.
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.
What are the drinking laws?
GAINESVILLE: 21 and up can drink at the venues.
Package liquor can be purchased between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., and beer, wine and drinks at a bar can be purchased between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m.
YBOR/TAMPA: 21 and up can drink at the venues. Venues drinking hours varies by location, but all are allowed to be open until 3 a.m. and serve if they choose.
The Seminole Hard Rock Casino is open even later since it’s on Native American owned land and not subject to the county’s drinking laws. Their nightclub is open until 6 a.m. and grabbing a drink is possible 24/7 on the hotel’s premises.
Package liquor can be purchased in stores. They tend to stay open until 11 or 12, but are allowed to stay open until 3 a.m., just like the bars in Tampa/Ybor.
Where do I eat? Drink? Buy my favorite…?
All that info will be stashed in your official FEST 17 guidebook. We will also be updating the LOCAL EATS section of the site as information becomes available.
How do I become a FEST 17 / PRE-FEST 6 sponsor or take out an ad in the Official Guidebook?
For sponsorship/guidebook ad inquires, email SARA (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 17 / PRE-FEST 6?
We can always use help in promotion, and here are two great ways that you can help us spread the word about FEST 17 and especially PRE-FEST 6.
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 17 / PRE-FEST 6 Photographer / Videographer?
Please read over the FEST PHOTOGRAPHY page on the site!
How can I volunteer for FEST 17 / PRE-FEST 6 to get a free pass?
If you live in the Gainesville or the Tampa Bay area and want to help out and be a part of THE FEST 17 or PRE-FEST 6, here is your chance!
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 each city. 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.
Can I table or distro at the FEST 17 / PRE-FEST 6?
We will be holding THE FEST FLEA MARKET at both registrations. One will be at the HILTON GARDEN INN (YBOR) on October 24th and the other at at the HOLIDAY INN (GAINESVILLE) on October 26th. 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 and options in each city.
How do I get a refund?
When you purchased your FEST 17 / PRE-FEST 6 passes, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 19th, 2018 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 17. 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, 2018: Full Refund ($20 change fee)
- September 1st – October 7th, 2018 : 50% Refund ($20 change fee)
- October 8th – October 22nd, 2018: NO REFUNDS AVAILABLE BUT YOU CAN CHANGE THE NAME ON YOUR RESERVATION FOR A $20 FEE.
Please email SARA (email@example.com) 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.
Are the bands playing PRE-FEST 6 all playing FEST 17 in Gainesville as well?
YES! All the bands playing PRE-FEST 6 will be playing FEST 17. Many have decided to play “Special” sets for PRE-FEST 6. We will announce that info later when the bands confirm what will be “Special” about their shows.
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) FOR FEST 17!
- 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