Fall is here, and with it the mad cap colorful world of Orange and Blue has once again invaded our town leaving me the only option of hiding away in my house or a dark bar and getting the final preparations for FEST 11 in order. We have the update that you all have been waiting for , THE FEST 11 SCHEDULE HAS BEEN POSTED.
So, take it all in. I look forward to hearing all your whimpering about said band playing against said band. I know it is hard but at least you get to see majority of them. Put yourself in my flops for once. I spend almost a year working on all this and spent months slaving over this schedule and when it comes down to it I honestly get to see maybe a song or two from a handful of bands. There are just too many damn good bands playing so when you do the math someone has to play against someone awesome right? Also, when we announce some of our planned pre-fest shows (hopefully soon) maybe you can catch someone early on and scratch them off your wish list. Also, you will noticed we are doing the MYSTERY BAND slots again this year. To save the rumors there will be no one that is not already playing FEST 11 playing this year. Or, so far. Those slots will be announced Friday morning of FEST and will be bands who are already playing doing a “special” set to look cool and get more free beer and grub. We have some lined up and will be asking a few more in the weeks to come. If you want a band to do it then BUG THEM! Not us about it.
We also added a few bands bands since our last update: New to FEST 11 will be:
Candy Hearts, Dads, GG King, The Ones to Blame, Hostage Calm, The World is a beautiful place & I am no longer afraid to die, Sauis La Lune, Citizen, Life Chain, The Joint Chiefs of Math and the return of High Voltage (Bon Scott-era AC/DC Tribute band)
In bad news Baroness had to bail from all their 2012 show dates. If you did not hear yet, the band was involved in a major tour bus accident in the UK where they were pretty banged up and spent a great deal of time in the hospital. As of Aug 27th all have been treated and released. For more info please visit the band’s site: http://baronessmusic.com/
These guys have been close friends of FEST since the early days of it’s inception. We are just glad they made it out of this tragic accident alive and hope to see them blowing our brains again soon.
Also, if you have not had the pleasure to view the 6 part documentary about an epic journey to FEST 10 by the Aussie folks over at D.I Wireless check them all out here:
The final episode culminates with their arrival in Gainesville for FEST 10 and honestly gave me goose bumps when I watched it. Check it out in our video player above and much love to them for all their heart and hard work that went into capturing the true essence of what FEST is all about!
I think that is about it for today. Look soon for PRE-FEST show announcements and the addition of FEST 11 COMEDY SHOWCASE!!!