Gainesville punkathon happens Oct. 28-30 – and there’s a Pre-Fest on Oct. 26 and 27 as well.
By Jeff Clegg
It’s hard to believe but we’re already less than a week away from the start of Pre-Fest in Little Ybor, which kicks off a series of five consecutive days of must-see punk rock music in the Sunshine State between Pre-Fest in Tampa and Fest in Gainesville. Tickets for both events are still available from The Fest website so don’t hesitate!
Among the bands playing is Atlanta’s own emo rockers Microwave, who just released their menacing sophomore album Much Love. There are pieces of several genres throughout the album with influences from blues, grunge, post-hardcore, emo, country, and anything in-between. Check out their music video for the song “Vomit” below:
Fest 15 will also include reunion shows from The Ergs! and Latterman and returning Fest veterans such as Jeff Rosenstock, Dillinger Four, Propagandhi, Braid, Knapsack, and Andrew Jackson Jihad. In case that’s not enough to persuade you, Fest 15 will have stand-up comedy and wrestling showcases, all of which are included in the Fest 15 festival pass. The stand-up showcases will be held at Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and will be headlined by L.A.-based comedian Kyle Kinane. The wrestling showcase will take place at Cowboy’s Saloon on Sunday and will include after shows by The Randy Savages and Mac Sabbath.
The original announcement we made is below. Get your tickets and see us there!
We’re soon approaching the 15th anniversary of Gainesville, Florida’s punk rock-heavy music festival The Fest and Blurt will be there to cover all of it. The Fest first took place May 24th and 25th, 2002 and has been a popular summer destination for some of the best hardcore, emo, pop-punk, and ska acts that those genres can offer. The festival’s shows are scattered across the downtown Gainesville area, varying from small bars and shops to large concert halls and outdoor stages. This year’s lineup includes reunion shows from The Ergs!, Latterman, Gunmoll, and Against All Authority, final shows from F.Y.P and Hold Tight!, and the return of many Fest alumni such as Propagandhi, Less Than Jake, A Wilhelm Scream, United Nations, The Menzingers, Jeff Rosenstock, Knapsack, and many, many more. On top of that, there will be a number of surprises that The Fest will offer, particularly from mystery sets from some of The Fest’s favorite bands that won’t be announced until the day before each of the sets. The full lineup and schedule can be seen here .
For our fellow North Carolinian readers, there will also be quite a few bands from the Old North State making the trip down to Gainesville. These include Charlotte’s self-described “sissy punks” Sinai Vessel and fuzzy, melodic alt-rockers Late Bloomer, as well as Wilmington’s pop-punk/noise rockers Museum Mouth, who just released their solid Rory Records (Max Bemis of Say Anything’s imprint within Equal Vision Records) debut Popcorn Fish Guinea Pig. The Fest 15 will also be the last show for Asheville’s 90’s-esque power-pop rockers Old Flings, who can be seen playing their song “Tbc” below at The Fest 13.
In case you check out the schedule and find too many time conflicts, the Fest has a solution for that as well. This year will also be the 4th annual Pre-Fest that takes place October 26th and 27th in Ybor City, a historic neighborhood in Tampa, FL. The purpose of the expansion is to give people additional chances to see their favorite bands at The Fest, so the vast majority of bands playing Pre-Fest will also be playing The Fest. Pre-Fest 2-day passes can be purchased separately right now and until October 24th for $70 or in combination with the Fest 3-day pass for $190. The Fest 3-day passes alone are $135. The Fest is limited to 3,750 passes and Pre-Fest is limited to only 1,200, so follow this link now and get your ticket(s) before they’re sold out!
Here’s a recap of The Fest 13 to get you all excited. Don’t miss out!
Don’t forget to download the Fest 15 app for iPhone and Android so that you can plan your schedules!