Welcome, everyone to the launch of the FEST 12 website! We started early once again and have many BIG news additions for our 12 year anniversary. So, take a big breath, crack a ice cold PBR, and settle in because there are lots of new things to read up on and get excited about this first news installment.
Yes, the rumors are true. FEST will officially be SIX DAYS THIS YEAR!!! With more and more of you coming to FEST earlier and earlier each year, and with Halloween falling on a Thursday, we have decided to make FEST 12 in Gainesville, FL four days.
With more days comes more fun! We have most of our usual venues lined up and are working on some new spaces as well in hopes to bring you over 300 bands over the four days with lots of surprises along the way in the months to come.
But the math does not add up? Where are the two other days you ask? Well, we have decided since we are absorbing the usual PRE-FEST Thursday officially into FEST 12, we still need to have an official PRE-FEST. So, to avoid taking over Gainesville for a week, we have decided to expand your awesome vacation and expose you to one of our favorite party cities in all of Florida. We are excited to present the birth of.........
With the help of our good friends at Pabst Blue Ribbon, we have been introduced to several awesome venues that are opening up their doors and their arms to host the one hell of an official PRE-FEST down in historic Ybor City (TAMPA), FL.
We will be hosting 100 bands to start, in 5 venues with 6 stages over two days with many of the bands playing extra “special” sets for PRE-FEST!!!
You can read in way more details on the PRE-FEST PAGE of the site and see what we have planned for the venues, the bands, and how we have made it super easy for you to get from Ybor (Tampa) to Gainesville and back to fly home on the PORK CHOP FEST EXPRESS!!!
For it being April, I think we are off to a really amazing start with our booking for FEST 12 and BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR. 110 band confirmed so far including: The Bouncing Souls, Braid, Boy Sets Fire, A Wilhelm Scream, The Dopamines, The Flatliners, Mean Jeans, The Menzingers, Mustard Plug, No Trigger, Torche, Masked Intruder, Big D and the Kids Table , Code Orange Kids, I am the Avalanche, The Copyrights, Banner Pilot, Broadway Calls, Citizen, Calculator, Blacklist Royals, Crusades, Great Cynics, Heartsounds, Look Mexico, Luther, Restorations, Red City Radio, Smith Street Band, Elway, Sundials, Broadcaster and many, many more including special REUNION sets from THE DRAFT and ANN BERETTA!
Make sure to check out a full list of bands playing both FEST 12 and BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR. You can also sort on the BANDS page to see who is playing FEST 12 vs. BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR.
Go to the BANDS page of the site and check everyone out! Once we get all the info in from the bands, each page should have a song to check out, a video, links, and a little bit about the band that they have written.
You can also jam out the FEST radio player to get to know the bands while you are waiting for that special time in October to come. I already have some newbies that are in my constant rotation while working on this beast, and I am excited to share these new bands with you all!!!
We are also not done booking this fucker. We have a few tricks still up our sleeves and there are a ton of bands we are in talks with who are still trying to figure out their fall plans. So, stay tuned for another big batch of bands to be announced on MAY 4th! That is the date when we will be launching our webstore so you can purchase your passes, hotels, merch, and a seat on the PORK CHOP FEST EXPRESS.
Hell, I am totally shocked that this many bands have their shit together this far in advance. Trust me. This is only the beginning my friends.
In the months to come we will also be doing our FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD COMPS. Last year we had 5. You can still download them here.
We will be having a REGISTRATION/ FEST FLEA MARKET for each city. Please read the REGISTRATION page carefully for more details on that!
FEST 12 & BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR PASSES:
PASSES/ HOTELS/ MERCH/ PORK CHOP EXPRESS SEATS go on sale MAY 4TH at 4:00pm EST. We are gonna do an EARLY TURD PRICE again this year but you will have to book your passes before June 30th.
From May 4th through June 30th: (ONLINE) EARLY TURD SALE PRICE
FEST 12 IN GAINESVILLE - 4 DAY PASS (Oct 31st – Nov 3rd) = $100
BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR - 2 DAY PASS (Oct 29th – 30th) = $60
FEST 12 PASS + PRE-FEST PASS COMBO PACKAGE: 6 DAY PASS (Oct 29th – Nov 3rd) = $140
So, come back on MAY 4th to get the early sale prices!!!!
GO TO THE HOTELS PAGE FOR MORE INFO. They will go on sale on MAY 4TH AT 4:00 PM EST. Do not wait on this. THE HOLIDAY INN UNIVERSITY in Gainesville sold out in 45 minutes last year!!!
Horsebites has once again traced up with some really kick ass wear again this year. I am super happy with the way he ran with my Halloween theme and took my half baked idea and made it an awesome theme for YBOR!!! We are also bringing back the favorite classic FEST Zip-up Hoodie design as well as the FEST Pint glasses that are always so popular.
Head over to the MERCH PAGE to get an idea of what you want to but now before you start going nuts with that credit card on MAY 4th.
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates. We hope to do some really cool stuff with the site this year and maybe even debut a few things from bands in the months to come. Seems like everyone always releases new material just in time for FEST so hopefully we can get some sneak peaks to debut through the site and share with you!
Enjoy it, friends, and don’t get too baked and miss out on RECORD STORE DAY in your town!
- Tony and the FEST crew.