Good Monday to you all and a sad goodbye to the wonderful spring month of April.
May is creeping in and you can start feeling the heat down here in Gainesville. It’s starting to be that time of year were the students leave, swim trucks start being broken out and weekend water fun begins.
Last time we updated, we announced some new bands and had a crazy day launching the ticket and hotel sales. It was a wild first day and like most first days of anything there were some glitches. I think we have everything worked out and are also in talks with the Paramount Plaza to release more rooms for anyone who had their heart set on staying there. Unfortunately, the Holiday Inn University Center sold out in about an hour, and many of you did not get a room booked there. We had no idea it would go that fast, and I know some of you from overseas had some issues in booking due to our credit card service providers’ restrictions on overseas transactions. We do truly apologize for all the hassle and wish we could have helped more; however it took us a while to get those issues straight with the company. Sorry again. We learn a little every time.
In good news though, we are super excited to announce a few more additions to the ever growing FEST 11 lineup! Joining the massive list of bands coming this year will be Good Riddance, Negative Approach, From Ashes Rise, The Bomb, Sonic Avenues, La Dispute, Captain We’re Sinking, City of Ships, Dukes of Hillsborough, Snakehealers, Billy & Joe and Party Drag!
So far we announced a massive list of amazing bands that are coming to party down with us all in October. A few happen to be Lagwagon, Anti-Flag, Braid, 7 Seconds, Naked Raygun, Frank Turner, Streetlight Manifesto, F.Y.P. , Baroness, A Wilhelm Scream, Mustard Plug, Andrew Jackson Jihad and a special Cadillac Blindside reunion show.
Go to the BANDS page to view and listen to them all.
We are going to take a few weeks before we add more additions. You might see a few just pop up here and there on the site. For now, I think we need to pull back the reigns a little bit and work on the schedule to see just how much room we have left, but trust me, there are a ton of bands left that want to play and are just figuring out their schedules still.
FEST 11 weekend passes are going FASTER THAN EVER BEFORE!!! We are only able to sell 3,250 passes and as I type this update we are at 1,887 sold. That happened in a little over a week! Do not be that person a few months from now who is freaking out because they can not get a FEST 11 weekend pass. Get it today on the TICKETS PAGE.
Thanks again for checking us out. Hope to have more updates and the first episode of our FEST RADIO SHOW on WGOT to check out in a few weeks.
-Tony and the FEST 11 crew