The Fest is an independent multiple-day, multiple-venue underground music festival held annually in Gainesville, FL, with support from the fine folks at No Idea Records and Pabst Blue Ribbon. 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.

Fest 12 crowd

2014 brings FEST to our 13th year and we expect our attendance to grow even more. Over 10,000 music lovers will converge on Florida to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and some of the best underground punk, hardcore, indie, and alt-country bands from all over the world. FEST will once again expand into Ybor City for BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2 (Oct 29th & 30th) and going back to the standard three days in Gainesville for FEST 13 (Oct 31st, Nov 1st, Nov 2nd). 2014 will also find FEST working even closer with the city of Gainesville to add into their roster of venues the BO DIDDLEY PLAZA located in the heart of downtown Gainesville, FL. This additional venue will allow more attendees to enjoy the headliners and give FEST organizers an opportunity to utilize a larger space to grow the festival.

 

Last year, THE FEST 12 hosted 392 musical acts over four days at 12 venues in the heart of Gainesville—home of University of Florida. The total four day impact on Gainesville was 23,236 FEST 12 wristband holders. 15% of attendees were non-US residents and 69% of attendees were not from Florida.

mikey ergfest masked intriderfest crowd pool partyEstablished 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. The past five FESTs have sold out prior to the actual event! THE FEST also finds attendees and bands traveling to Florida from all over the world.

This years line up is shaping up nicely!

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7 Seconds,

Hot Water Music (20 year Anniversary),

Melvins,

Mineral (Reunion),

Less Than Jake,

Matt Woods,

Sad and French,

Muncie Girls,

Save Ends,

Awkward Age,

Lee Corey,

Oswald,

Red City Radio,

Tim Barry,

Timeshares,

Banquets,

Dads,

Elway,

Laura Stevenson,

Lipstick Homicide,

Mikey Erg,

Pentimento,

Direct Hit,

Cheap Girls,

The Murderburgers,

Cumulus,

The Menzingers,

Gates,

Apologies,

I Have None,

Caves,

Such Gold,

Signals Midwest,

PJ Bond (Full Band),

Night Birds,

Broadway Calls,

Banner Pilot,

Chixdiggit,

Kepi Ghoulie Electric,

Hostage Calm,

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Bear Trade,

Somos,

Franz Nicolay,

Nai Harvest,

Smith Street Band,

Wolf-face,

Dear Landlord,

Strike Anywhere,

Leagues Apart,

Dead Bars,

Restorations,

Worriers,

Pale Angles,

Spraynard,

PUP,

Toys that Kill,

Underground Railroad to Candyland,

Jeff Brawer,

Benny The Jet Rodriguez,

Dowsing, Astpai,

Tiny Moving Parts,

Rational Anthem,

Screaming Females,

The, Shallow Cuts,

Too Many Daves,

SPORT,

the Cincinnati Royals,

Madison Bloodbath,

Deluxe,

Laura Palmer,

Slow Death,

Tim Version,

The, Vacation,

Tiltwheel,

The Flatliners, Roger Harvey & The Wild Life,

Anchors,

All Eyes West,

Post Teens,

Dan Padilla (the man),

Ex-Breathers,

Masked Intruder,

Into It. Over It.,

Gnarwolves,

Malemute Kid,

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All Dogs,

Jenn Fiorentino,

Cigarette Crossfire,

The Holy Mess,

Mixtapes,

Nona,

Two Hand Fools,

You Blew It,

Chumped,

Old Flings,

Old Gray,

ALL People,

Typesetter,

Work Weak,

Billy Liar (Full Band),

Greg Rekus,

Late Bloomer,

Rozwell Kid,

Totally Slow,

Self Defense Family,

The Careeners,

Dan Padilla,

Hold Tight!,

Protected Left,

Dikembe,

Frameworks,

Perdition,

The Young Leaves,

Don Blake,

Delay,

Chris Stowe,

Ma Jolie,

Divided Heaven (Full Band),

Cayetana,

BURN/WARD,

Counterpunch,

Aspiga,

Marked Men,

Broadcaster,

Beach Slang,

Killer Waves,

Captain We’re Sinking,

The Hotelier,

We Are The Union,

Circle Takes The Square,

Prawn,

Candy Hearts,

Pity Party,

Direct Effect,

Gateway District,

Kill Lincoln,

New Year’s Revolution,

Look Mexico,

American Lies,

The Sky We Scrape,

Worship This,

Nightmares for a Week,

The Caulfield Cult,

Lemuria,

Boardroom Heroes,

Mannequin Pussy,

BOYS,

Helen Chambers,

Empire Empire,

Runaway Brother,

Places to Hide,

Young and Heartless,

oddamnit,

The Fad,

Address,

Jonah Vin,

GROSS,

Caffiends,

Survay Says,

Little Big League,

My Dad,

You’ll Live,

Spanish Gamble,

New Strange,

The Walking Targets,

Barons,

The World Is A Beautiful Place to Die & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die,

Wringer,

No Weather Talks,

Courtesy Drop,

The Detectors,

Allison Weiss,

Kite Party,

Cement Matters,

Moonbeard,

Slackers,

Lifetime

Chuck Ragan

The Weaks

Three Man Cannon

The Hundred Acre Wood

Modern Baseball

Et Tu Brute

Everyone Everywhere

Chalk Talk

SRVVLST

The Sidekicks

Pianos Become the Teeth

Arliss Nancy

Kittyhawk

Rescuer

Two Knights

Cicada Radio

Enabler

Lindsey Mills

Smalltown

Close Talker

Junior Battles

Protagonist

Sunshine State

Teen Agers

Wet Nurse

Touché Amoré

The Bennies

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Stabbed in Back

Brian Marquis

Andrew Cream (Full Band)

Arms Aloft

My Man

Nothing In The Dark

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Ben Nichols

Sundials

Pool Party

King Friday

American Sharks

Posture & The Grizzly

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Mineral (reunion)

The City On Film (full band)

Lifted Bells

Glocca Morra

Make Do and Mend

The Pauses

Stickup Kid

Old Lines

Hard Girls

Made Ready

Empty Lungs

Old Wounds

Jason Guy Smiley,

Ducking Punches,

Dangers,

Tiny Empires,

Adventures,

Creepoid,

Edmonton,

Weak Teeth,

The Arrivals,

RADON,

Treasure Fleet,

Asshole Parade,

Greenland Is Melting,

Jeff Rosenstock,

Eric Ayotte,

Hospital Job,

Copyrights, The,

Football, ETC,

Nerd Alert,

the Maxies,

Xerxes,

State Faults,

The Blind Staggers,

Iron Chic,

Paint It Black,

Young Ladies,

Life In Vacuum,

Unloveables,

The Jetty Boys,

Brian McGee,

DREDGER,

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Donovan Wolfington,

Kyle Chason,

It looks sad,

My Body Sings Electric,

Aviator,

Everybody Row,

Able Baker Fox,

Mantar,

Devon Kay and the Solutions,

Spoonboy,

Whiskey & Co.,

Coliseum,

Chris Farren,

Antarctigo,

Vespucci,

Who Needs You (Solo),

Gatorface,

Nato Cole and the Blue Diamond Band,

No More,

Snakehealers,

Solids,

Fellow Project,

Children’s Children,

Meridian,

Big Shoals,

Sinai Vessel,

Max Levine Ensemble,

Brief Lives,

Captive Bolt,

Single Mothers,

Pet Symmetry,

Process,

Carrion Spring,

RVIVR,

Rubbish,

Rivernecks,

Erica Freas (RVIVR),

Ones to Blame,

Rapturous Grief,

Bartender Brian,

The Moms (Acoustic),

Shellshag,

MERM (Mattie Jo Canino/ RVIVR),

Only Crime,

FOXING,

WHORES,

United Nations,

Wilhelm Scream