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THE FEST is an independent multiple-day, multiple-venue underground music festival held annually in Gainesville, FL with support from the fine folks in 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.

2018 brings FEST to our 17th year and our 6th year in historic Ybor City for PRE-FEST 6!!!

With a big year ahead we expect our attendance to grow even more!

THE FEST 16 hosted 341 musical acts over three days at 18 venues in the heart of Gainesville. Once again, adding Bo Diddley Plaza 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 enabled 5,500 people to watch a band together.

The total three day impact on Gainesville was 19,191 FEST 16 wristband holders. 37% of attendees were non-US residents (Foreign FESTers), once again showing that FEST brings some awesome tourism to the state of Florida.

FEST ALUMNI

7 SECONDS / 88 FINGERS LOUIE / ABLE BAKER FOX / AGAINST ALL AUTHORITY / AGAINST ME! / ALL / A.W. / AMERICAN STEEL / AMPERE / AJJ / ANDREW W.K / ANTI-FLAG / THE ARRIVALS / AS FRIENDS RUST / ASSHOLEPARADE / ATOM AND HIS PACKAGE / AVAIL / A WILHELM SCREAM / BANNER PILOT / BARONESS / BEACH SLANG / BEN NICHOLS / BIG D AND THE KIDS TABLE / BIGWIG / THE BLOOD BROTHERS / THE BOMB / BOMB THE MUSIC INDUSTRY! / BOUNCING SOULS / BOYSETSFIRE/ BRAID / BRIDGE AND TUNNEL / BROADWAY CALLS / CAREER SUICIDE / CAYETANA / CEREMONY / CHEAP GIRLS / CHIXDIGGIT / CHRIS GETHARD / CHUCK RAGAN / CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE / CITY OF CATERPILLAR / COALESCE / CODE ORANGE / COLISEUM / THE COPYRIGHTS / DAN VAPID AND THE CHEATS / DEAD TO ME / DEAR LANDLORD / DEFIANCE, OHIO / DESCENDENTS / DIARRHEA PLANET / DILLINGER FOUR / THE DOPAMINES / THE DRAFT / DRAG THE RIVER / DWARVES / ENGINE DOWN / ENSIGN THE ERGS / FAKE PROBLEMS / F.Y.P. / THE FIGS / THE FLATLINERS / FLOOR / FRANK TURNER / FOXING / FROM ASHES RISE / THE FRONT BOTTOMS / THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM / GHOST MICE /GOOD LUCK / GOOD RIDDANCE / GOVERNMENT ISSUE / GOVERNMENT WARNING / GRADE/ HARD GIRLS / HARD SKIN / HAR MAR SUPERSTAR / HOLY MOUNTAIN / HOP ALONG / HORACE PINKER / HOT WATER MUSIC / HUM / I AM THE AVALANCHE / INTO IT. OVER IT. / IRON CHIC / IRON REAGAN / J CHURCH / JOE SIB / JOEY CAPE / JOYCE MANOR / J. ROBBINS / JEFF ROSENSTOCK / KEPI GHOULIE / KNAPSACK / KYLE KINANE / KYLESA / LA DISPUTE / LAGWAGON / LARRY AND HIS FLASK / LAURA STEVENSON / LATTERMAN / LAWRENCE ARMS / LEATHERFACE / LEMURIA / LESS THAN JAKE / LIFETIME / THE LILLINGTONS / LOMA PRIETA / LOOK MEXICO / THE LOVED ONES / LUCERO / MAC SABBATH / MAKE DO AND MEND / MARKED MEN / MASKED INTRUDER / MASTODON / MATES OF STATE / MATT & KIM / MC LARS / MEAN JEANS / MEAT WAVE / ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES / MELVINS / THE MENZINGERS / MEWITHOUTYOU / MINERAL / MINUS THE BEAR / MODERN BASEBALL / MODERN LIFE IS WAR / THE MOVIELIFE / MUNICIPAL WASTE / MUSTARD PLUG / NAKED RAYGUN / NEGATIVE APPROACH / NIGHT BIRDS / NIGHT MARCHERS / NONE MORE BLACK / NOTHINGTON / NO TRIGGER / OBITS / OFF WITH THEIR HEADS / ONLY CRIME / PAINT IT BLACK / PAUL BARIBEAU / PEARS / PEGBOY / PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH / THE PIETASTERS / PLANES MISTAKEN FOR STARS / P.O.S. / POLAR BEAR CLUB / PRAWN / PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES / PROPAGANDHI / PUP/ RAINER MARIA / RADON / RED CITY RADIO / RESTORATIONS / RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS / ROZWELL KID / RVIVR / RUSSIAN CIRCLES / SAMIAM / SCREAMING FEMALES / SEAWEED / THE SLACKERS / SLEEPY TIME TRIO / SLINGSHOT DAKOTA / SMALL BROWN BIKE / THE SMITH STREET BAND / SMOKE OR FIRE / SMOKING POPES / SNAPCASE / SNUFF / THE SOVIETTES / SQUIRTGUN / STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO / STRIKE ANYWHERE / SUICIDE MACHINES / SUPERCHUNK / THE SWELLERS / TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS / TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET / TENEMENT / THIS BIKE IS A PIPE BOMB / TIGERS JAW / TILTWHEEL / TIM BARRY / TIM KASHER / TITLE FIGHT/ TITUS ANDRONICUS / TORCHE / TOUCHÉ AMORÉ / TOYGUITAR / TOYS THAT KILL/ TWELVE HOUR TURN / THE GAMITS / THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE & I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE / UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TO CANDYLAND / UNITED NATIONS / UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE / VALIENT THORR / THE VELVET TEEN / WAR ON WOMEN / WESTON / WHITE LUNG / YOU BLEW IT / YOUNG WIDOWS / YOUTH BRIGADE

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