This Fest 13 news was posted yesterday on other sites but I was too busy posting fake news for April Fool’s Day. The Descendents, Lifetime, Less Than Jake, Strike Anywhere, The Menzingers, Chixdiggit (CA) , Marked Men, Modern Life is War, The Slackers, Chuck Ragan were some of the acts announced already! The Fest 13 will be held between Oct 31 – Nov 2nd in Gainesville, Florida. Passes go on sale on April 20th.
Is there a more joyous an occasion to a punk kid – other than THE FEST weekend itself – as when details of said festival are finally revealed and the first wave of confirmed artists begins to make the rounds? After months of bittersweet reminiscing about the amazing time you had at last year’s FEST, and the nearly unbearable anticipation of once again seeing all your favorite underground bands while sharing an adult beverage with what feels like a hundred of your best friends, it’s no wonder that days like today give us an extra bounce in our collective step.
On that note, it is with great excitement that we bring you the official launch of the THE FEST 13 website, along with a very special announcement that the legendary DESCENDENTS will be making a rare appearance at this year’s event.
THE FEST 13 will take place in Gainesville, FL over the course of three days (Oct 31, Nov 1, 2) and will feature over 250 of the best punk and independent bands in the world. In addition to Descendents, other confirmed outfits include Lifetime, Less Than Jake, Strike Anywhere, The Menzingers, Chixdiggit (CA) , Marked Men, Modern Life is War, The Slackers, Chuck Ragan, Into It. Over It, Tim Barry, Laura Stevenson, Self Defense Family, Lemuria, Mixtapes, The World Is…, The Hotelier, Allison Weiss and many, many more. Stay tuned for more confirmed band announcements in the coming weeks.
On a related note, FEST organizers have also revealed information about BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2. Spanning two days (Oct 29 + 30) in the historic Tampa, FL neighborhood of Ybor City, Big Pre-Fest will host over 60 bands in four different venues. While all artists playing will also be performing at FEST 13 in Gainesville, many of these groups will be doing “special” sets in Tampa. More details on that soon. In the meantime, you can check out the full list of confirmed bands (so far) for BIG PRE FEST here.
Passes for THE FEST 13 and BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 2 will go on sale on April 20th at 4:20pm. Early sale pricing will be available through June 30th and features a FEST 13 three-day pass ($100), a two-day pass for PRE-FEST ($40) and a combo package of $130 for all five days of festing. There will be a limited number of passes, so don’t sleep on this when the time comes. You can view more details about tickets here.