Still looking for Halloween weekend plans? Look no further than The FEST. Now in it’s ninth year, this weekend long punk rock bender is set to put the “rock” in “Gainsville, Rock City” this October 29th, 30th and 31st.
Past FESTs witnessed mosh pit pizza, trashed hotel rooms and surprise band reunions. Who will be on hand for this year’s madness? With 15 venues and over 280 bands, I think a better question might be “Who WON’T be there?” This year’s line-up has something for everyone, whether you prefer straight up punk, hardcore, folk-punk or even metal:
Cobra Skulls, Defiance, Ohio, Franz Nicolay, High On Fire, Joey Cape, Junius, Kylesa, Laura Stevenson and The Cans, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, Municipal Waste, O Pioneers!, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Sainte Catherines, Smoke Or Fire, Strike Anywhere, Teenage Bottlerocket, Suicide Machines, The Menzingers, Tim Barry, Touche Amore, We Are The Union, A Wilhelm Scream, Bomb the Music Industry—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
FEST veterans The Flatliners will also be returning to the fray this year. Check out the band performing “Run Like Hell” at FEST 8 in the video below!
As if all that weren’t enough, there will be a flea market filled with booth for record labels, design companies, non-profits and more, along with an art show featuring artists who’ve worked with Less Than Jake, This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb, Blondie, Fake Problems and Blacklist Royals.
Will you be at The FEST? Who are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments!