Hey FEST Friends,
Well the countdown has begun. Only two months before we will all join together for a kick ass weekend here in Gainesville, FL. We can’t wait and are prepping as much as we can to make FEST 18 the best one yet.
Today I have a few updates to share with you all and I am sure they will make you even more stoked to come party with us.
FEST DOES HALLOWEEN!!!
Let the spooky times roll. Since we are not doing Pre-Fest this year we have gotten the green light from the city to use Bo Diddley Plaza for Halloween this year and what says Halloween better than bands playing other bands’ songs.
Check out the rad poster design done by our very own staffer Jason Rockhill!
This show will NOT be a part of FEST 18 and you can NOT get your FEST 18 passes at this show. This is a stand alone show with it’s own ticket price. But tickets are CHEAP!!! Only $6.66 in advance and $10 day of show, cash at the door.
This show will be: all ages, 6pm-11pm, and we will be serving PBRs, Swamp Head Drafts, Liquid Death canned water, and White Claws. Steamers will also be open to serve food throughout the show.
Oh, did I also mention we are doing a costume contest? Winner will get 20 beer tickets for FEST 18 weekend, a 3 day pass to FEST 19 (next year’s Fest), and i’m sure we will make some wacky trophy since we really like to do dumb stuff like that.
MORE BANDS ADDED TO FEST 18:
We are super excited to be able to make space to have such a historic band be added to the already stacked line up of FEST 18. Please join me in welcoming THE AVENGERS to FEST 18!!!
Both surviving original members Penelope Houston (vocals) and Greg Ingram (guitar) are performing along with Hector from legendary SoCal Latin punk band The Zeroes will be on bass.
We are also adding:
YOGA FOR PUNKS IS BACK!!!
Hosted by Miguel of Teenage Bottlerocket, Yoga for Punks is a group of teachers from all over whose mission it is to share a message of self-care and yoga with the punk rock community. Bring a mat or towel and come stretch out your over rocked body. This will be held at the BOXCAR/ DEPOT PARK on SATURDAY 11/2 from 10am-11am. All ages friendly and open to the general public as well as FEST 18 attendees.
SINGLE SHOWCASE PASSES AVAILABLE NOW!!!
Since FEST 18 three day passes have been sold we have opened up individual ticket sales to each venue for each day. These will range in price and these individual tickets are all available NOW but are limited in number, so don’t snail on grabbing the show you want to see.
Links to individual tickets for each venue are available on the SCHEDULE page and the TICKETS page.
NOTE: HIGH DIVE TICKETS ARE SOLD THROUGH A 2nd PARTY TICKET COMPANY so please go to https://www.highdivegainesville.com/events/
VOLUNTEER FOR FEST 18:
We need our Gainesville scene to make FEST happen every year. Volunteer to help make FEST 18 happen. It’s fun, shifts range from 5-8 hours. You only need to work (1) shift and you earn a 3-day FEST 18 pass + a limited edition FEST 18 shirt. For more info please check out the VOLUNTEER page. Be a big part of FEST 18 and the Gainesville scene. Sign up meetings start soon so come out to get more info and find the job/ show/ day that works best for you.
FEST 18 MEETINGS @ HOLIDAY INN UNIVERSITY CENTER (1250 W UNIVERSITY AVE):
Sign Up Meeting #1 – Sunday September 15 @ 3PM
Sign Up Meeting #2 – Wednesday September 18 @ 7PM
Sign Up Meeting #3 – Wednesday September 25 @ 7PM
OFFICIAL FEST 18 HOTELS
We are once again partnering with the HOLIDAY INN UNIVERSITY CENTER and WYNDHAM GARDEN INN here in Gainesville. These will be our official hotels and both will be hosting awesome welcome pool parties for guests. Stay in a sold out hotel full of FEST FRIENDS but grab your room NOW.
A few more hotel rooms have opened up, here’s what’s left:
Thursday: 1 King room, 46 Double rooms
Friday-Sunday: 7 King rooms, 3 Doubles rooms
Wyndham Garden Inn
Thursday: 26 Double rooms
Friday-Sunday: 2 King rooms
FEST TERVIS TUMBLERS ARE HERE
We are stoked to have partnered with TERVIS to bring you two awesome FEST branded Tervis Tumblers.
These will be available to pre-order now and you will pick them up at registration when you pick up your FEST 18 passes. We will NOT be doing mailorder.
These will be limited to 200 of each design so grab them now before they sell out!!! We have sold over 100 in just two days!
Tervis Insulated Drinkware Tumblers will not only cut down on your plastic cup consumption when you fill them up with beverages around town during FEST 18, at home, or on any of your travels but they are also:
– BPA FREE
– MADE IN AMERICAN
– DISHWASHER/ MICROWAVE SAFE
– 16oz / PINT
– LIFETIME GUARANTEE
OFFICIAL FEST MERCH
Have you checked out all the rad new merch we have available this year? You can purchase your merch in advance and not only get it for a cheaper price than weekend of but you can pick it up at FEST 18 Registration and guarantee the sizes you want especially if you want a XXL or larger sizes.
FEST EXPRESS TO ORLANDO
NEED A RIDE TO ORLANDO AIRPORT (MCO) ON MONDAY NOVEMBER 4th? Don’t look any further, because we have you covered! You can ride in style with a bunch of other FEST FRIENDS on the FEST EXPRESS. We have partnered with a top notch charter bus company. Each bus has 55 seats. We are calling this sweet ride the FEST EXPRESS. This premium coach bus service comes with cold cold A/C, restrooms, large luggage area, free Wi-Fi & DVD entertainment system where we will be screening a movie of Tony’s choosing! Also, when you get on the FEST EXPRESS you will be given a very special FEST EXPRESS t-shirt that no one else will be able to purchase.
The bus leaves straight from the Holiday Inn in Gainesville on MONDAY 11/4 at 11:00am and goes direct to the Orlando International Airport (MCO). Seats are limited so grab yours now. Bus seats can be purchased in the web store on the ticket page.
It will take 2 – 2.5 hours for your non-stop trip depending on traffic. There are NO STOPS!!! ONE WAY STRAIGHT RIDE BABY!
When you order your seat on the FEST EXPRESS please put your shirt size in the comments section. You can also email SARA (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she can make a note for you on your order.
*PLEASE SHOW UP 30 MIN BEFORE DEPARTURE WITH PHOTO ID OR PASSPORT.*
Tickets are not refundable. If you need to change the name on the ticket please email SARA (email@example.com)
GRACE MARKETPLACE / PLUS1.ORG
FEST is partnering with PLUS1.ORG to take $1 from every FEST 18 pass sold and donating it directly to end homelessness in Gainesville through the hard work of gracemarketplace.org. To date, GRACE has ended homelessness for over 650 people and is on a mission to end homelessness altogether.
You can also help GRACE by purchasing one of their END HOMELESSNESS shirts and donations of basic hygiene items (hint: check your hotel bathroom!) can also be dropped off at Bo Diddley Plaza during FEST 18. For more information, visit gracemarketplace.org.
WE ARE NEUTRAL
The time to take action for our planet is now! FEST works with We Are Neutral to offset the carbon footprint of the festival’s venues, but we need your help to offset the carbon footprint of all the flying and driving from FEST attendees to get to Gainesville.
Help We Are Neutral Unf*ck The Environment by donating to offset the carbon footprint of your travel to and from the festival or purchasing an Unf*ck The Environment shirt in the online FEST merch store.
You can read more about these organizations we are supporting through FEST 18 on the SOCIAL IMPACT section of our site.
BE A PART OF THE FEST FAMILY
You will not only stay up to date with the news and announcements leading up to FEST 18 but when the event is going down you will be the first to get special announcements on who the MYSTERY BANDS will be as well as any last minute changes or surprises in the schedule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks everyone. We can’t wait to have you all here in Gainesville!!!
-TONY and the FEST FAMILY