FEST 18: NOVEMBER 1-3, 2019
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • Commonwealth Press
  • Madison Drum Makers
  • Orange Amplification
  • Visit Gainesville


Thursday, April 12

Hey FEST Friends,

The FEST Web Store is now open for business!!! Go get your FEST 17 & PRE-FEST 6 passes (at those sweet EARLY BIRD prices), reserve your hotel rooms, and check out all that brand new merch we have for sale this year!

Hotel Tips

Here are some tips and FAQ’s about booking a room at one of our partner hotels!

Make sure you choose the correct room! If you purchase a king room (1 bed/sleeps 2) by mistake, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to switch to a double room (2 beds/sleeps 4) since all rooms sell out fast. Be careful at check out! Make sure to confirm what you’re purchasing before finalizing your order.

Hotels are sold in packages. Two nights for PRE-FEST (Ybor City) and three nights for FEST (Gainesville). You cannot book individual nights on these packages. You cannot call the hotel to make a reservation.

At PRE-FEST (Ybor City) you’ll check in on Wednesday (10/24) and check out Friday morning (10/26). You can add on Tuesday night (10/23) to check in if you arrive on Tuesday.

At FEST (Gainesville) you’ll check in on Friday (10/26) and check out Monday morning (10/29). You can add on Thursday night (10/25) to check in if you arrive on Thursday and/or Monday night (10/29) if you want to check out on Tuesday morning (10/30). Any nights beyond that you must book through the hotel.

You can purchase add-on dates after you’ve booked your initial package. It doesn’t have to be in the same order.

All you need when you arrive at the hotel to check in is your photo ID and a credit card for incidentals.

For more info about the hotels check for FEST (Gainesville) and for PRE-FEST (Ybor City).

If you weren’t able to get a room at the Holiday Inn or Wyndham Garden check out and use the Bo Diddley Plaza address (111 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601) where the heart of downtown is to find other hotels nearby!

Offset your carbon footprint!

FEST offsets the carbon footprint of the venues, but that doesn’t account for the carbon footprint of attendee travel which makes up 98.1% of FEST’s overall footprint. We’re asking you to do your part by offsetting the carbon footprint of your travel to and from FEST. We’re working with the local environmental nonprofit We Are Neutral to offset your carbon footprint, right here in Gainesville. The cost to offset the average trip to FEST is $5. Please add these offsets to your purchase in the name of a healthier planet!

For more info about We Are Neutral, visit

That’s it for now! If you are new to the site, read the next post to see our initial lineup announcement and check out the rest of hte site for more info about PRE-FEST 6 and FEST 17!

– Tony & the FEST Crew

  • Wunderland Tattoo
  • Feed the Scene
  • New Noise Magazine
  • Erapop
  • SmartPunk
  • Death Protector Collective
  • Fat Wreck Chords
  • Meltdown Creative Works
  • Press Press Merch
  • Fueled By Ramen
  • ACME Band Supply
  • Hornito's
  • Maker's Mark
  • We Are Neutral
  • Opus Coffee
  • A-F Records
  • Punk Rock Theory
  • Rocket Fuel Podcast
  • Punkoleum Magazine
  • The Bad Copy
  • Razorcake
  • Loosey's
  • Emiliano's
  • Swamp Head Brewery
  • Mother's Pub and Grill