April 20th Update!





April 19th Update!

Hey FEST Friends,

Tomorrow, we will celebrate my new favorite Holiday 4:20 EASTER!! I can’t think of a better merger of special times — so we decided to toss into the mix the first day of selling PASSES/ HOTELS/ MERCH and seats on the PORK CHOP FEST EXPRESS. This is always a pretty crazy day so here are a few things to keep in mind when ordering.

  • SALES START AT 4:20PM Eastern Standard Time in the U.S.A. So set your clocks and be ready to snag your shit!
  • THE HOLIDAY INN (GAINESVILLE) rooms go super fast! This is the main thing that people grab first and the first thing to sell out. Last year the entire hotel sold out in 45 minutes through our site. DO NOT CALL THE HOLIDAY INN TO BOOK A ROOM OR WITH QUESTIONS. They will not be able to help you. We also suspect that the HILTON GARDEN INN (YBOR) will go quickly too, since we only have a small rooming block there.
  • If you are NOT ordering a hotel right now, please wait an hour or so before buying your PASSES and other stuff. This will help keep the site from getting bogged down and help the folks, especially traveling from far far away to be able to access the site to process their hotel orders.
  • REMEMBER: What ever you purchase will be charged to your card at that time!!!
  • In the beginning of the sale, expect the site to load SLOW!!! We have upgraded our server to the max allowed for this day, but keep in mind we are not a fucking major corporate monster so shit will run slow. Best is to go to the site now and figure out exactly what you want to purchase so you can get in and out with the quickness.
  • DO NOT FREAK OUT when your confirmation email receipt does not pop up in your in box within seconds. Due to the amount of orders, it may take some time for that email to get to you. If you still have not received your email confirmation within 24 hours check your spam folder first, then contact us.

I think that is about it for now. I hope everyone has a smooth and happy transaction, and we are extremely excited to see where you all are coming from! I am sure we will share some of these stats with you on Thursday 4/24 when we announce the next round of confirmed bands.

Thanks again for making each and every year of FEST a special one. Enjoy 4:20 Easter! Don’t get too enlightened and try to eat the entire bunny!

Cheers and thanks,
Tony and the FEST crew


Thursday 4/24 you can come back to the site to see a new batch of bands confirmed for FEST 13! We pushed the announcement back a few days in hopes to get the final word from some folks who were still figuring out their plans. Come back then and see who will be returning and who we are bringing back from their slumber.

April 15th Update!


Heads up! We added more bands to FEST 13 now making it 200 confirmed bands. We still have some big hopefuls we are still waiting on & an inbox that is overflowing with requests to play (despite us asking not to email us). So, with over 6 months away from FEST 13, I think we are off to an amazing start!

Before you get all caught up in who has been added we have an important reminder for you all.


So, mark your calendars so you don’t forget. HOTELS usually go super fast and we expect FEST 13 and PRE-FEST 2 passes to sell out faster than they ever have before with this special lineup this year.

Now that we have warned you here is who we have added for round two of bands playing FEST 13!!!



We are very excited that Hot Water Music has chosen to celebrate their 20 year anniversary with us – only Florida show to boot!

Also joining the party: Touché Amoré, Masked Intruder, Screaming FemalesBen Nichols, Modern Baseball, Pianos Become the TeethThe SidekicksEveryone Everywhere, TiltwheelSmalltown (SE)Enabler, RescuerRunaway Brother, Shallow CutsRational Anthem, Et Tu Brute, Three Man Cannon, The Hundred Acre Woods, The Weaks, Chalk TalkSRVVLSTArliss NancyKittyhawkTwo KnightsCicada Radio, Lindsey MillsClose TalkerJunior BattlesProtagonistSunshine StateTeen AgersWet NurseThe Bennies (AU)The Shell CorporationStabbed in BackBrian MarquisToo Many DavesAndrew Cream (Full Band)Arms AloftMy ManNothing In The DarkPlaceholderRust Belt Lights, and the Duppies.

Also, Restorations, Worriers, Pale Angels, Cumulus as well as a special reunion from SPRAYNARD will be appearing at both FEST 13 (GAINESVILLE) and BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2 (YBOR/TAMPA).

That is your update for now. We will be announcing another batch of bands on 4/21/14, the day after everything goes on sale.

If you are first visiting the FEST 13 site, please keep reading to see who else is playing and get more info on how the party time will go down this year!


Tony and the FEST 13 Crew

April First Update!

Hey PRE-FEST Friends!

Welcome to the official home for BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2!!!

We will once again be coming back to the Ybor/Tampa area to give true FEST diehards two extra days of good times, good friends & bonus sets by some of our FEST Band Friends. Last year went swimmingly. Everyone loved Ybor. All the venues were super close. The weather was amazing. What I heard most from folks is that they liked how it was on a smaller scale. No lines and lots of good hangs.

We are planning on doing the same this year for sure, AND by it being our second year, I am sure we will make it even better.



Since we are only going to be selling 1,200 PRE-FEST 2 PASSES they will go fast. If you grab your pass before June 30th, you can take advance of a discounted rate of $40 for a 2 day pass!!!

You can save even more by purchasing a FEST 13/ BIG PRE-FEST 2 COMBO PACK. 5 Days of FESTING for only $130!!!


We are planning to host about 60+ bands this year and since many of you are planning on doing PRE-FEST 2 and FEST 13, we are highly encouraging bands to perform “special” sets different from their FEST 13 sets. If you are in a band and have a plan, let Sarah (sarah@thefestfl.com) know asap!

All bands playing PRE-FEST 2 in Ybor will also be playing FEST 13. Last year this gave many of you a chance to cross off some bands on your list or have the time to check out new bands. For those of you in the Tampa Bay area, this will give you a chance to experience FEST without having to leave your backyard. Hell, we even had a surprise pop in by CM PUNK last year as he rocked on stage with his buddies in Bouncing Souls.

Here is who we have confirmed so far. We hope to be able to add more to this list soon.

Less Than Jake, Strike Anywhere, The MenzingersChixdiggit (CA)Groovie GhouliesInto It. Over It.Red City RadioTim BarryLaura StevensonCheap GirlsNight BirdsBroadway CallsBanner Pilot, The Smith Street Band (AU)Dear LandlordThe Flatliners (CA)Matt Woods, Dead BarsSave EndsTimesharesBanquetsDadsElwayMikey ErgPentimentoDirect Hit, GatesApologies I Have None (UK) , Such Gold, Signals MidwestPJ Bond (Full Band)Hostage CalmMockingbird Wish Me LuckSomosFranz Nicolay, Gnarwolves (UK), Leagues Apart (UK)Muncie Girls (UK)Lee Corey OswaldLipstick HomicideThe Murderburgers (UK)Caves (UK)Bear Trade (UK)Nai Harvest (UK)Sad and FrenchAwkward Age,  Wolf-face and many more soon to be announced.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the “FLORIDA EXCLUSIVE” ribbons on the bands’ pages! That means they’re making Fest their only Sunshine State experience!



This year for PRE-FEST 2 we will once again be working with THE ORPHEUM, CROWBAR, and NEW WORLD BREWERY. We are in the works to add a fourth venue to the mix. THE ORPHEUM AND CROWBAR WILL BE ALL AGES!!!  NWB will be 18+. We will let you know soon as to what the fourth additional venue will be. We will be starting shows round 5pm each day with a Thursday afternoon acoustic showcase to get you warmed up. This will give everyone a chance to rest up on Thursday and get outside to explore some of the awesome things YBOR/TAMPA has to offer.


We are pleased to once again be able to offer the HILTON DOWNTOWN TAMPA to our guests. We also have added a smaller hotel right in the heart of YBOR this year. THE HILTON GARDEN INN of YBOR will also be hosting our PRE-FEST 2 REGISTRATION.

Check out the HOTELS page for descriptions, rates and more info for each hotel option.

Remember, HOTELS/ MERCH/ PASSES go on sale APRIL 20th at 4:20pm EST.


The PCFE returns this year to help you all get from Tampa to Gainesville and back to the Tampa International Airport and make your travels fun, comfortable and safe. These charter buses will be filled with FEST attendees taking you on a straight shot to your destinations. There is A/C, WiFi, and we will be showing a screening of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA again this year. These buses seat 55 FEST nerds and is a great way to travel with easy and rest up for the journey ahead. Check out the PORK CHOP FEST EXPRESS page for more info. These bus seats will be available to book on 4/20 @ 4:20PM EST.


Also, don’t forget about the big deal party time in Gainesville to follow. Click on the FEST 13 link above for more info and see the initial lineup.

Well, I think that is about it for this initial update for BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR. We will be bringing you more bands and more info in the weeks to come. Please check out our social media links to stay updated with both FEST 13 and PRE-FEST 2.

We also have a separate PRE-FEST 2 Facebook page to just inform about specific updates and additions!

Cheers and hope to see you all out to support this great addition to FEST LIFE!!!

-Tony and the FEST crew