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New Orleans Punks ‘HiGH’ Sign To Wiretap Records

HiGH Oct 17New Orleans punks HiGH have released a new track, Evil Gene, the song is the title track from the band’s forthcoming album, which is scheduled to be released through Wiretap Records on November 17th. HiGH are scheduled to hit the road later this month on their way to FEST 16 in Florida where they’ll play Friday October 27th at Mother’s Pub at 4pm. 

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Kali Masi Release Full Stream Of ‘Wind Instrument’ LP

Kali Masi Tour Oct 17Chicago’s Kali Masi are now streaming their debut album, Wind Instrument, in full via Riot Fest, the album is set to be released this Friday, October 6th, via Take This To Heart Records and pre-orders for the album are now available. Kali Masi have also recently announced an east coast tour this October, including dates at The Fest in Florida at High Dive on October 27th, and Pre-Fest in Tampa at The Dirty Shame on October 26th. 

You can stream Wind Instrument via Riot Fest here and pre-order the album here

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Kamikaze Girls Announce UK Tour

Kamikaze Girls Dec 17 TourRiot-grrrl influenced duo Kamikaze Girls have announced a run of UK tour dates supporting Apologies, I Have None for December 2017. The duo will also be appearing at Deadbolt Festival, Might As Well Festival and Unfun Festival in the UK, and will be heading to The FEST in Florida once more later this year. The band’s debut album Seafoam is out now on Big Scary Monsters Records.
 
You can order Seafoam via Big Scary Monsters here
 
The Kamikaze Girls tour dates can be viewed below

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Save Face Release ‘Folly’ EP And Announce US Tour

Save Face Fall 17 TourSave Face have teamed up with Take This To Heart Records to bring you their latest EP, Folly. On Folly, Save Face takes their art to the pinnacle of the bands current evolution, mixing in smart, rollicking leads with intense vocal hooks that demand your attention. Akin to New Jersey scene godfathers Save The Day, Save Face take on personal examination to another level. Folly is out now on vinyl, CD and Digital formats via Take This To Heart Records in conjunction with Backpack Records and Open Door Records. Save Face will also be hitting the road with Secret Stuff on their way to play The Fest in Florida
 
Folly can be ordered here and Save Face‘s tour dates can be viewed below

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Kali Masi Release ‘Powerline Days’ Video

Kali Masi WIChicago’s Kali Masi have just released their new music video for Powerline Days, the track is taken from their new album, Wind Instrument, that is set to be released on October 6th via Take This To Heart Records. The band will be playing at The Fest in Gainesville, FL at High Dive on October 27th, and Pre-Fest in Tampa at The Dirty Shame on October 26th.

Pre-orders for Wind Instrument are now available via Take This To Heart Records here

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No Trigger

Adult Braces

Bird Attack Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

No Trigger have now been with us since the year 2000, they have been steadily pumping out melodic punk and hardcore songs slowly but surely every four or five years, now that five long years have passed since their last LP, Tycoon, came out, No Trigger have re-emerged and have released their brand new EP, Adult Braces. Bird Attack Records have already released the Adult Braces EP digitally, and the label will also be releasing Adult Braces on a special limited edition one sided screen printed twelve inch vinyl on August 11th.

The crashing opening chords of Sleeping Bag precede an impressive headlong blast of melodic hardcore, Holy Punks follows this up with an infectious slab of solid punk rock that brings another dimension to the EP. Dogs On Acid brings a heavier anthemic element to Adult Braces and finally Hyperaware brings the EP to a close with it’s finest moment. Somehow No Trigger have released an EP where each song exceeds the one that preceded it, and when you consider just how good the initial track is this is an impressive feat, and one that marks the long awaited Adult Braces EP out as a worthy successor to the Tycoon album.

With the Adult Braces EP No Trigger have released a short but sweet collection of four songs that borders on perfection, there might be lengthy gaps between No Trigger‘s releases but when they’re this good you don’t mind waiting, although it would nice to see a follow up before 2022, Adult Braces is a release that shows that their long hibernation has not dulled any of No Trigger‘s edge. On their latest release they have perfected their blend of punk rock and hardcore, and the result is an EP that is sure to be amongst my favourite release from 2017. 

Adult Braces can be streamed and downloaded, and the vinyl edition is available for pre-order, here

Western Settings Working On New Full Length ‘Another Year’

Western Settings July 17 TourWestern Settings have begun recording demos this past weekend for their upcoming full length, Another Year, which will be the band’s first album since their debut, Yes It Is, and a Spring 2018 release is planned. Western Settings are currently on tour with Heartsounds and will follow this up with a tour supporting Swingin’ Utters, the band will be heading to Europe for a three week tour in September and October, as well as appearing at The Fest in Florida.

Western Settings webstore can be found on the La Escalera Records website here

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No Trigger To Release ‘Adult Braces’ EP On July 28th

No Trigger promo July 17No Trigger have been around since the year 2000, pumping out melodic punk and hardcore songs slowly but surely every four or five years, five long years have now passed since their last LP, Tycoon, and now No Trigger have just recorded Adult Braces, a brand new four track EP. The band will be releasing the EP digitally on July 28th and physically on August 11th via Bird Attack Records. No Trigger will be touring Europe in August of 2017, playing some regional East Coast US shows in the fall of 2017, and will also be appearing live at The Fest in Florida in October.

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The Flatliners Announce West Coast US Tour Dates

Flatliners Aug 17Toronto Canada’s The Flatliners have announced a new string of west coast dates with The Smith Street Band leading up to their appearance at the It’s Not Dead Festival next month in California. The Flatliners are on tour with Pkew Pkew Pkew through July 17th, after which they will support Sum 41 on a short run of Canadian dates and an extensive European tour, the band is also set to make appearances at Riot Fest and The Fest 16 this fall. The Flatliners latest LP, Inviting Light, is out now on Rise Records.

Inviting Light can be ordered via Rise Records here

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Casual Friday Release New Single And Video ‘Weekend Forever’

Casual Friday WFCalifornia based pop punks Casual Friday have released a brand new video for the song, Weekend Forever, that is taken from their forthcoming album of the same name, that will be coming out through Hidden Home Records, Open Door Records, and Celebrity Punkhouse later this year. Casual Friday have also announced they will playing The Fest 16 this October.

Weekend Forever can be downloaded and streamed via Bandcamp here

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Fire Next Time Announce International Tour

Fire Next TimeEdmonton, Alberta’s dark force of existentialism and folk punk fury, Stomp Records artists Fire Next Time have just unveiled plans for their most ambitious tour to date. The three continent-spanning tour is in support of their recently released vinyl version of Cold Hands and mark the first time the band has performed together overseas. 

Beginning in their home base of Edmonton, the band will head east across Canada before heading overseas to visit Russia and Eastern Europe, returning to Canada for the final dates. The tour will wrap up in time for the band to prepare for their first appearance at The Fest in Florida. 

The vinyl release comes from Ghost Buffalo Records and comes in two variants, smoke grey and electric orange.

Full tour dates can be seen below:

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The Fest 14

The Fest 14 and Pre-Fest 3

Live in Florida (Halloween Weekend 2015)

Ybor City, FL and Gainesville, FL
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“It’s Friday night and I’m in the basement, 
Screaming out my lungs with my best friends. 
I hope when I die, I feel this alive. “
– Beach Slang, “American Girls and French Kisses”

Nicole Kibert is one of many photographers you see running around at Fest year after year after year. It’s weird, after a bit – you start recognizing the photographers. You know their styles, their color edits, the angles they favourite, even sometimes the lens choices they lean towards.

All by stalking their photo albums after the Fest.

(Creepy. I know.)

Kibert was one of many artists (including my very talented friend Kaitlyn Laurel McGann) who took over Anthem Tattoo this year for a Fest Art show featuring photos and artwork documenting our little punk rock scene in the 21st century. On top of capturing the performances that everyone is there to see, Kibert turns her camera onto the audience themselves for her annual “Why Do You Fest?” feature.

In it, she gets Fest attendees to write on a blank piece of paper a few things: name, hometown, how many fests they’ve been to and why they fest. It’s a fascinating look at the appeal of the festival, as it shows a direct insight to the audience’s mind better than any story or promotional item ever could.

Each year I see Kibert doing this and I want to join – but unlike most of her subjects, I’m at a loss of words for what to say. Why do I Fest? I don’t know. It’s a paralysing question due to its overwhelming nature. There’s so many reasons why I fest, why I’ve flown across the continent for the past five years, why I forgo sleep for a week straight and survive on PBR and the odd slice of Five-Star or Flacos. A month in advance I accept the fact that immune system will be shot and I’ll be sick for weeks afterwards – and I’m okay with that.

Why?

Because it’s Fest.

There’s nothing more to say.

Fest is a holiday. A pilgrimage. A reunion. An escape from reality.

It’s home three thousand miles away from home with an adopted family full of indecipherable accents – and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Today Will Be Over And Done With A Sunrise
But The Way That You Feel Will Be Frozen Forever In Time
You’ll Forget Yesterday
You’ll Forget All The Fears In Your Old Life
[…]
Until The End Of Your Days
When You Remember Your Life
You Will Remember Tonight”
– Andrew WK, “You Will Remember Tonight”

BigPrefest 3Unlike every other year I’ve been, Fest 14 didn’t feature a “must-see” headliner. Conor Oberst’s Desaparecidos seemed to have been a big talking point but cancelled at the last minute due to laryngitis. But even with them, there wasn’t a Hot Water Music 20th anniversary show in their hometown, or a rare Descendents show. The Lawrence Arms weren’t there and Dillinger Four were never scheduled to play Gainesville in Gainesville.

There wasn’t a single band that every person and their dog was excited for; and while that made it difficult to hype it to my non-punk friends – the lack of the so-called headliner didn’t hinder this year’s festivities.

It was still packed – showing that, unlike most festivals, The Fest‘s attraction isn’t a few bands but all the bands. You’re not there to say I saw this band or that band but to simply see bands.

Without that anchor point, schedules for this year were much more fluid. Talking to countless friends and strangers alike, most people had the same mentality: this year, I’m just going to go with the flow. Hang out with friends and see what happens.

Of course, that go with the flow attitude makes for some mixups. I missed Wolf-Face at Fest (but caught their Screeching Weasel cover set in Tampa), Blacklist Royals’ acoustic and full band sets both eluded me, Rational Anthem conflicted in both cities, I straight out forgot Success were playing until it was too late, Empty Lungs couldn’t pull me away from Chumped‘s final show and running into friends on the street saw me miss the final minutes of Protagonist.

But when you can easily rattle off a handful of bands you wanted to see and missed, just imagine who you did see.

For me, it was 84 bands in five days – which isn’t too bad if I do say so myself.

There were bands I had to see, The Menzingers slayed all three sets including their hour and a half  set on the first day of Fest and their acoustic show at the next day’s pineapple party hosted by Jason Guy Smiley. The Copyrights played Mutiny Pop front to back – who could say no to that? Bigwig haven’t toured in how long? So you could be damn sure I’d be at Cowboys (which will always live in my heart as 8 Seconds) when they took the stage.

Cayetana could barely contain their excitement as everyone sang their lyrics back at them and Jeff Rosenstock was, like always, hilarious and the perfect showman for his solo act and Antartigo Vespucci. Defiance, Ohio kicked off Sunday beautifully if you were unable to wake up in time for Punk Rock Trivia hosted by the venerable Russian Tim and the entire Fat Wreck showcase at Lot 10 on Saturday was a treat (including Bad Cop Bad Cop dressed up as Ninja Turtles with Splinter throwing candy into the crowd).

Then you also had Spraynard, Address, Dollyrots, So So Glows, Great Cynics, Mustard Plug, Underground Railroad To Candyland,  Sidekicks, The Penske File, Jabber and countless others. It was a packed scheduled.

Amongst the big names, Pennsylvania’s Beach Slang were easily the most hotly anticipated set of the weekend. Just like Pup last year and Direct Hit the year before: they were the band you couldn’t afford to miss and if you were lucky enough to get into their set at Tequila’s or Cowboys, you left sweaty and smiling.

In fact, going by word of mouth was sometimes a good thing to do and helped with the whole “go with the flow” style of things. After all, it was how I discovered Caskitt, by far the biggest surprise of the weekend; and it was only because I heard the name thrown around so often that I finally decided to check out Personal Best.

But no matter how good those unknown discoveries are – and Ducking Punches are damn good – there’s still a certain joy in seeing those few bands you hold near and dear. Those bands where you can sing along with every word. Off With Their Heads, Nothington, Tim Barry, Captain We’re Sinking – these are bands that make Fest for me; and out of all the bands I saw and sang along to – it was, somehow, Andrew WK that stole the party.

For The Fest is a party.

A booze-filled, chaotic mess of a party full of friends and strangers alike; where you stay up till seven in the morning singing bad cover songs on an ukulele as you lay down in the Holiday Inn parking lot. There’s a spirit of randomness, excitement, and unbridled energy. It’s where society’s anchors flourish and feel at home. It’s a party that you’ll never forget, or one where you drink too much to ever remember. But the sensation lives on. The spirit, the positivity, the love for one another that you can’t find anywhere else.

And, despite being so far off from the generic Fest band sound – Andrew WK personifies that spirit and excitement. Just look at the lyrics above – I’d be hard pressed to find a better descriptor of the feeling of Fest.

It’s something you don’t forget and his set, which featured basically all of I Get Wet being played with a full band, was just one example of yet another unforgettable Fest moment.

Not only was it the best set of the weekend but possibly the best set I’ve seen all year. The energy was palpable, the crowd alive, and turning I Love New York City into I Love Florida just felt right.

“And we drank and talked shit and I was happy. 
And we drank and talked shit and I was happy. 
And we drank and talked shit and I was happy.”
 – Chumped, “Name That Thing”

It wasn’t all sunshine and butterflies though, there were a few moments that tugged at the heartstrings; but those moments of sadness brought you back to life as well.

Amongst the joy and jubilations, a few bands were prepping to bid farewell. Banquets, who’s front man was dealing with the passing of his grandmother, played their final Fest show as part of their farewell tour and maybe it was knowing that, but their set seemed tighter and stronger than I’ve ever seen them before.

The Fest 14Direct Hit! created a bump in the evening’s events as a serious knee injury caused the show to be put on hold and await medical care. It was tough to see, but handled professionally by the band, venue and festival.

Throughout it all though, the most emotional set and the one that made you realized you were witnessing something special was Chumped at The Wooly. Announced the day before, whispers that this was going to be Chumped‘s final show before an indefinite hiatus floated through the festival and the line-up wrapped around the block and back by the time the show came to be.

Front woman Anika Pyle held back tears the entire evening as they told stories, thanked their friends and drank more shots than one should while on stage.

It was emotional, raw and moving and was capped off with a wedding proposal between my new Aussie friend Mikaela and Typesetter‘s Alex Palermo. Standing amongst her friends and hearing the cheer go up is yet another unforgettable memory.

While for many, an engagement in front of a room full of strangers may seem odd – it’s a family at Fest and has become a norm. On top of the Chumped proposal there was another engagement on the main stage at Masked Intruder, a full blown wedding ceremony in the middle of The Decline‘s set and another proposal that I only heard stories off. A year doesn’t go by without at least one engagement.

The bands are also family which is why The Fest is ripped for band amalgamation and incestuous crossovers. Lou Hanman played a solo Caves set after her bandmate was turned away at the border but also played alongside Worriers, Personal Best and Mikey Erg. Erg himself was also in Worriers, The Unloveables (which also had members of Jabber and Boys doing back-up vocals), Fuck Its Pronounced Shit and probably a dozen other bands. For its part, Fuck Its Pronounced Shit hosts Direct Hit!‘s Devon Kay and The Murderburger‘s Fraser Murderburger. Pears‘ Brian Pretus joined Off With Their Heads for Clear The Air, Coffee Project were joined by Kim from Whiskey & Co.; Jason Guy Smiley hopped on stage with Captain We’re Sinking and Mixtapes‘ Maura Weaver joined Masked Intruder for Heart Shape Guitar. France’s Guerilla Poubelle had Arms Aloft help them cover Taylor Swift‘s Shake It Off. Pup went the hard route with Jeff Rosenstock jumping in on a Beasties Boy cover while Mustard Plug‘s  Rick Johnson did sound for numerous bands and shared the stage with Dan Potthast for the hilarious Sharkanoid set.

I can’t think of any other festival where bands float from stage to stage so easily, creating one-off performances that are impossible to find anywhere else.

It’s doable because it’s a family affair.

And that, if I think about it, may be the reason why I Fest.

I Fest to eat pizza at five in the morning with friends from New Jersey.
I Fest to bang on the back of my Omaha brother during Andrew WK.
I Fest to watch the sunrise day after day after day, and get up to do it again.
I Fest to lay in the parking lot and talk nonsense.
I Fest to power through six hours of alcohol induced vomiting and go again.
I Fest to see my all time favourite bands.
I Fest to see bands I’ve never even heard off before.
I Fest to hang with Americans, Aussies, Irish men and friends who flew in from all over Asia.
I Fest to make memories.
I Fest for so many reasons, but I’ll paraphrase the Beach Slang lyric at the top of this article:
I Fest To Feel Alive.

Maybe next year I’ll write it down for Nicole and smile for a photo.

“The punks are wired and these records feel tough.
It’s loud and wild, but I swear it feels soft.
Yeah, it’s always enough. 
It’s always been enough.

There’s honesty in these neon lights.
We’re animals, drunk and alive
I swear, right now I’m alright.”
– Beach Slang,” Too Late To Die Young”

A Selection of Photos fro Nicole Kibert’s “Why I Fest” Portrait  Series

   

More Bands Announced For THE FEST 14

FEST 14The next round of bands for this year’s iteration of ever popular punk rock experience THE FEST has been announced, bringing the current total of participants up to 331 confirmed bands.  The latest additions include Title Fight, Modern Life Is War, As Friends Rust, Big Wig, Into It. Over It., Smoke or Fire, Pianos Become the Teeth, Loma Prieta, Riverboat Gamblers, Masked Intruder, Lee Corey Oswald and more.

Previously confirmed artists include Lagwagon, Desaparecidos, The Menzingers, Mustard Plug, Tim Barry, Off With Their Heads, Teenage Bottlerocket, mewithoutYou, Modern Baseball, The Hotelier, Chumped, The Sidekicks, Elway, and Defiance, Ohio to name a few.

The Fest 13: Descendents, Lifetime, Less Than Jake and More

Fest 13The first set of bands have been announced for this year’s The Fest 13 in Gainesville, Florida.

The festival, now entering it’s thirteenth year, will once again take over the city of Gainesville over Halloween Weekend from October 31st to November 2nd. Like last year, they will be holding a “Big Pre-Fest In Little Ybor 2” in Ybor City in Tampa, Florida on October 29th and 30th.

Headlining the festival this year will be The Descendents while other notable acts include Lifetime, Less Than Jake, Strike Anywhere, The Flatliners, The Menzingers, Dear Landlord, Chuck Ragan, Banner Pilot, Broadway Calls, Red City Radio, Mixtapes, The Holy Mess and many more. The full list of bands can be seen below.

One major change this year is the closing of The Florida Theater of Gainesville. Replacing the biggest capacity venue will be the outdoor venue, Bo Diddley Plaza

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Live Concert Review

The Fest 11

Live (Halloween Weekend 2012)

Gainesville, Florida
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For those in our little community, No Idea’s annual punk rock party known simply as The Fest has become a must-see staple. Everyone knows about it, eagerly awaits and tries to find a way to make sure they have enough money to make the trek down to the sleepy University town of Gainesville, Florida every year.

Outside of the punk realm, it doesn’t carry the same respect or admiration of say Reading and Leeds or Coachella – but let’s be honest, none of those so-called big named festivals could hold a candle up to this celebration of beer-soaked, bearded sing-alongs. No, The Fest is our punk rock Christmas and this year’s eleventh edition didn’t disappoint in any way, shape or form.

Arriving too late for any pre-Fest shows, the weekend’s music began with Bomb The Music Industry! playing on the Holiday Inn pool party. A sloppy set and horrendous sound didn’t stop the already inebriated fans from jumping around as people were excited just to see the weekend begin.

By the end, the rest of the weekend turned into a blur – so as with many recaps, this will be missing some elements. However, a groggy memory is a memory none the less; and The Fest 11 implanted more than it’s fair share.

Latterman were a huge draw having only done a few shows since breaking up back in 2007. So while Anti-Flag were sticking to songs from only their first four albums down the street at the Florida Theatre, there were equal amounts of nostalgia taking over 8 Seconds for the final sets of day one. TheLatterman love continued over the weekend as Iron Chic had the longest line-up of the festival, wrapping its way past even The High Dive a few blocks down. Those who got in were treated to the perfect Fest set of gruff punk with I Always Never Said That and Black Friday being some of the highlights.

Other-post Latterman projects in attendance were Rvivr who followed Iron Chic to an equally energetic crowd but it was Erica Freas’ acoustic set on Sunday morning at the Civic Media Centre that really took the cake. Starting late because of technical problems including an out-of-tune guitar with no-pickup,Freas’ set was full of humble excitement and genuine surprise at the reception. With people spilling out the door, I’ve never seen the Civic Media Centre that full before and everyone laughed along with her light hearted banter. A slight change of pace from the gruff punk of the weekend, Freas served as a warm-up for those nursing a hangover from the first two nights of partying before jumping into something more energetic – for most it was a choice between The Wild and Joyce Manor.

Opting to catch Atlanta’s folk-punk five-some The Wild was not regrettable despite hearing that Joyce Manor nailed it. Dressed up as characters from Moonrise KingdomThe Wild got into the full Halloween spirit of the weekend and went through Together Underground, Let Me Sing You A Song, The Saddest Thing I Ever Saw and Set Ourselves Free among others. Realizing they had more time, they were the only band of the weekend to do an encore despite being the first band on the bill. That’s not to say some bands didn’t go over, Titus Andronicus went ten minutes longer than they were supposed to but nobody seemed to mind.

Minneapolis’ Off With Their Heads were one of several bands who played two sets – one at 8 Seconds and then a late addition at Durty Nelly’s (a venue that will hopefully become a Fest regular as it was always packed and played host to numerous “secret” sets). Their first set featured your regular selection of songs from their full catalogue but at Durty Nelly’s they stepped on, said “This is From The Bottom” and proceeded to play the album front to back with no banter between. You could barely move, but fists were pumping in the air all night long.

Of course, like any Fest year, there was plenty of variety – both in styles and sizes of bands. Philadelphia’s Ma Jolie absolutely killed it inside a sparsely attended Loosey’s show up against Anti-Flag and Latterman where those in attendance were going ape-shit crazy despite the difficult time slot.

The UK’s Great Cynics closed the entire festival at Loosey’s where everyone seemed to end up at the end of the night which finalized with a speech from the venue owner who crowd surfed as Hot Water Music’s Trusty Chords played over the speaker.

Pop-punkers Direct Hit! delivered what will surely become a Fest legend with all those who couldn’t fit into the 130-capacity 1982 opting to watch through the window and crowd surf in middle of West University Avenue. Members of Mixtapes fought an ever growing cold and jumped all over the The New Top Spot playing songs from Even On The Worst Nights to a steadily growing crowd. Maura Weaver and Ryan Rockwell were in top form, bouncing off each other and showing why they’re a band who will only go up. Hell, even getting a used condom thrown at the stage didn’t stop Rockwell who just picked it up and threw it right back.

There were acoustic sets galore, bearded troubadour Paul Baribeau gave a chill inducing performance at 8 Seconds while Tim Browne from Elway did an all-request show at Civic Media Centre and opted to forgo the microphone and just get everyone to sing along instead – and sing along they did.

Smoke Or Fire’s Joe McMahon crawled into Loosey’s during their highly anticipated Saturday morning brunch and played a handful of tunes including a Jawbreaker cover which was cut short because no one in attendance could remember the first line to the third verse. Punk rock fail for sure, at least no one had a problem singing What Separates Us and Neon Lights.

Red Scare Industries was well represented throughout the weekend, especially on Friday when Elway, The Holy Mess, Dopamines, Cobra Skulls where my first four bands of the evening only to be followed by The Copyrights a few hours later. Yes, that was all just one night.

Nothington, another Red Scare alumni, gave one the highlight performances the following night in a set that was squished between the ska-double punch of Mustard Plug and Streetlight Manifesto (to make all three bands involved some spastic running around from venue to venue – but it was most definitely worth it). Streetlight were, of course, at the top of their game with Here’s To Life, A Moment of Silence, Moment of Violence and Down Down Down To Mephisto’s Café being a select few in their far too short a set. Mustard Plug pulled out some classic gems like Mr. Smiley, Brain on Ska andSkank My Numbers and even treated the crowd to their rendition Fugazi’Waiting Room for good measure.

People may love to hear Waiting Room, but as Frank Turner so eloquently put it “Everyone here tries to pretend, including me, that you just woke up and already loved Black Flag but that’s not true, you got into this shit through bands like Offspring and Green Day and shit like that.”

And with that, he launched into Blink 182’s Dammit as his opening song and every last person there sang along.

I’d be quite confident in saying that Frank Turner gave the best performance of the weekend (of course, people who saw Propaghandi may disagree). In may have been the accumulation of PBR within me, but there was something simply magical in the air as he had the crowd eating out of his hand. By the end, I was surrounded by a dozen people – both friends and strangers alike – singing arm in arm to songs like Peggy Sang The Blues, Glory Hallelujah, Dan’s Song, The Road, Long Live The Queen, The Ballad Of Me and My Friends, I Still Believe, Photosynthesis, Try This At Home and a cover ofAmerican Girl. It was something magical and glorious and the definition of the The Fest.

The same could be said for The Menzingers set a few hours prior at Florida Theatre. Touring in support of On The Impossible Past, an album that will surely be on everyone’s year end lists this year, The Menzingers could do no wrong. Opening with The Obituaries, the crowd went wild. People jumped over one another, screamed in each other’s faces, jumped and moshed and danced the night away to songs like Ava’s House, Casey, Nice Things, Good Things, Gates, I Was Born and Sunday Morning. Their choice to end with A Lesson In The Abuse of Information Technology was perfect and only cemented why The Menzingers are one of the biggest bands around right now.

Somehow, in a seemingly impossible fashion, I could still go on as I managed to watch a total of 43 bands over the weekend (yes, there were a few half sets thrown in due to time conflicts). There was still The Flatliners and Tim BarryThe Front Bottoms (who blew me away) and Broadway CallsDear Landlord, Dead To Me and Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Gateway District, Make Do and Mend and The Soviettes and many more. The list goes on and simply feels like icing on the cake alongside numerous  inmmensly memorable non-official moments of The Fest of which there are many.

A warehouse show came together on Saturday night with Into It. Over It and Slingshot Dakota playing before the cops came to break it up just as Braid began. I missed that show but was across town at the Holiday Inn watching Protagonist, Divided Heaven, We Are The Union and Binary Hearts play a hotel room show before running upstairs where Lauren Measure just finished playing and someone else was there doing a few tunes. Pulling Joe McMahon in, we did loud sing-alongs till well past four in the morning. In almost every hotel, if you kept your ears open you’d find something to keep you busy into the wee hours of the morning.

The Fest themselves threw an after party in the Holiday Inn the next night with an all cover set of Green Day, Weezer, Foo Fighters, and Nirvana performed by Astpai, Broadway Calls, Static Radio NJ and someone else who escapes me at the moment. Bomb The Music Industry! were meant to doFugazi but said fuck it and did Sugar Ray covers instead – and somehow, no one really cared.

Then again, that’s The Fest. Shit happens and you go with it. You make new friends, some for the whole weekend and some for only one random set crammed in the middle of the afternoon. You somehow end up watching The Evil Dead at Boca Fiesta with Andrew Cream and his friends from the UK. You sing with new pals from New Jersey and drunken Irish guys until the sun comes up at eight in the morning and catch up with people you only see once a year.

That’s The Fest – my most important holiday of the year. A weekend full of friends, bad hygiene, loss of hearing and two dollar tall boys; and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Fest Posts Two Free Compilations

Fest 12The great people down at The Fest have posted two free digital compilations for download. The two compilations, which are the first in a series of seven planned releases, feature songs from bands set to perform at this year’s festival.

The two compilations features songs from the likes of Bangers, Signals Midwest, Lee Corey Oswald, Worship This, Slingshot Dakota, The Hotel Year, Pity Sex, Placeholder, Captain We’re Sinking and much more. The idea behind the series is to help expose some of the bands playing this year to attendees of the festival.

You can download the first two records here and here respectively. 

The Fest also previously announced their schedule for big Pre-Fest In Little Ybor that takes place over Oct 29th and 30th at four venues in the historic Ybor City (Tampa). You can view the schedule here.

   

The Fest 12 Adds More Bands

Fest 12Adding to their already impressive lineup featuring the likes of Bouncing Souls, The Draft, Dillinger Four, ALL, The Lawrence Arms, Samiam, Night Marchers, Braid, Boy Sets Fire, Obits, Paint It Black, Titus Andronicus, Fake Problems, Sundowner,  Big D and the Kids Table, White Lung, Toys That Kill, Polar Bear Club, Smoke or Fire, The Menzingers, Fake Problems and more; The Fest 12 has added even more bands to festival this year.

They have just confirmed that Lucero will be returning to the Fest having not played since Fest 3 and J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, Government Issue, Office of Future Plans) will be playing an intimate best of his career backed by drums and a cello. On top of that, Tim Kasher (Cursive/ Good Life),Drag the River,  Deep Sleep, Weatherbox, White Wives, Modern Baseball, Pile, Whiskey & Co., Flashlights, Listener, Pale Angles, LVL UP, AC Deathstrike, Courtesy Drop, Bad Magic, Julie Karr, The Moms, and Half Hearted Hero have all been confirmed. The full list can be seen here.

The Fest 12 takes place over Halloween weekend in Gainesville and Ybor City, Florida.

The Fest 12 Becomes A 6 Day Festival

Fest 12Details have been revealed for the annual punk rock festival known simply as The Fest. Going into it’s twelfth year, festival organizers No Idea Records have taken it a step further adding an extra day to the show in Gainesville, FL as this year’s edition will take place from Oct. 31-Nov. 3 2013.

So far bands announced include  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.

On top of the Gainesville dates, the festival has also added two days in Ybor City, FL (near Tampa) entitled Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor. The two days there will play host to 100 bands to start, in 5 venues with 6 stages over two days with many of the bands playing extra “special” sets for the festival. You can read more about that here.

More details can be found here while tickets will be available on May 4th.

   

The Fest 11 Recap

The FestFor those in our little community, No Idea’s annual punk rock party known simply as The Fest has become a must-see staple. Everyone knows about it, eagerly awaits and tries to find a way to make sure they have enough money to make the trek down to the sleepy University town of Gainesville, Florida every year.

Outside of the punk realm, it doesn’t carry the same respect or admiration of say Reading and Leeds or Coachella – but let’s be honest, none of those so-called big named festivals could hold a candle up to this celebration of beer-soaked, bearded sing-alongs. No, The Fest is our punk rock Christmas and this year’s eleventh edition didn’t disappoint in any way, shape or form.

Arriving too late for any pre-Fest shows, the weekend’s music began with Bomb The Music Industry! playing on the Holiday Inn pool party. A sloppy set and horrendous sound didn’t stop the already inebriated fans from jumping around as people were excited just to see the weekend begin.

By the end, the rest of the weekend turned into a blur – so as with many recaps, this will be missing some elements. However, a groggy memory is a memory none the less; and The Fest 11 implanted more than it’s fair share.

Latterman were a huge draw having only done a few shows since breaking up back in 2007. So while Anti-Flag were sticking to songs from only their first four albums down the street at the Florida Theatre, there were equal amounts of nostalgia taking over 8 Seconds for the final sets of day one. The Latterman love continued over the weekend as Iron Chic had the longest line-up of the festival, wrapping its way past even The High Dive a few blocks down. Those who got in were treated to the perfect Fest set of gruff punk with I Always Never Said That and Black Friday being some of the highlights.

Other-post Latterman projects in attendance were Rvivr who followed Iron Chic to an equally energetic crowd but it was Erica Freas’ acoustic set on Sunday morning at the Civic Media Centre that really took the cake. Starting late because of technical problems including an out-of-tune guitar with no-pickup, Freas’ set was full of humble excitement and genuine surprise at the reception. With people spilling out the door, I’ve never seen the Civic Media Centre that full before and everyone laughed along with her light hearted banter. A slight change of pace from the gruff punk of the weekend, Freas served as a warm-up for those nursing a hangover from the first two nights of partying before jumping into something more energetic – for most it was a choice between The Wild and Joyce Manor.

Opting to catch Atlanta’s folk-punk five-some The Wild was not regrettable despite hearing that Joyce Manor nailed it. Dressed up as characters from Moonrise Kingdom, The Wild got into the full Halloween spirit of the weekend and went through Together Underground, Let Me Sing You A Song, The Saddest Thing I Ever Saw and Set Ourselves Free among others. Realizing they had more time, they were the only band of the weekend to do an encore despite being the first band on the bill. That’s not to say some bands didn’t go over, Titus Andronicus went ten minutes longer than they were supposed to but nobody seemed to mind.

Minneapolis’ Off With Their Heads were one of several bands who played two sets – one at 8 Seconds and then a late addition at Durty Nelly’s (a venue that will hopefully become a Fest regular as it was always packed and played host to numerous “secret” sets). Their first set featured your regular selection of songs from their full catalogue but at Durty Nelly’s they stepped on, said “This is From The Bottom” and proceeded to play the album front to back with no banter between. You could barely move, but fists were pumping in the air all night long.

Of course, like any Fest year, there was plenty of variety – both in styles and sizes of bands. Philadelphia’s Ma Jolie absolutely killed it inside a sparsely attended Loosey’s show up against Anti-Flag and Latterman where those in attendance were going ape-shit crazy despite the difficult time slot.

The UK’s Great Cynics closed the entire festival at Loosey’s where everyone seemed to end up at the end of the night which finalized with a speech from the venue owner who crowd surfed as Hot Water Music’s Trusty Chords played over the speaker.

Pop-punkers Direct Hit! delivered what will surely become a Fest legend with all those who couldn’t fit into the 130-capacity 1982 opting to watch through the window and crowd surf in middle of West University Avenue. Members of Mixtapes fought an ever growing cold and jumped all over the The New Top Spot playing songs from Even On The Worst Nights to a steadily growing crowd. Maura Weaver and Ryan Rockwell were in top form, bouncing off each other and showing why they’re a band who will only go up. Hell, even getting a used condom thrown at the stage didn’t stop Rockwell who just picked it up and threw it right back.

There were acoustic sets galore, bearded troubadour Paul Baribeau gave a chill inducing performance at 8 Seconds while Time Browne from Elway did an all-request show at Civic Media Centre and opted to forgo the microphone and just get everyone to sing along instead – and sing along they did.

Smoke Or Fire’s Joe McMahon crawled into Loosey’s during their highly anticipated Saturday morning brunch and played a handful of tunes including a Jawbreaker cover which was cut short because no one in attendance could remember the first line to the third verse. Punk rock fail for sure, at least no one had a problem singing What Separates Us and Neon Lights.

Red Scare Industries was well represented throughout the weekend, especially on Friday when Elway, The Holy Mess, Dopamines, Cobra Skulls where my first four bands of the evening only to be followed by The Copyrights a few hours later. Yes, that was all just one night.

Nothington, another Red Scare alumni, gave one the highlight performances the following night in a set that was squished between the ska-double punch of Mustard Plug and Streetlight Manifesto (to make all three bands involved some spastic running around from venue to venue – but it was most definitely worth it). Streetlight were, of course, at the top of their game with Here’s To Life, A Moment of Silence, Moment of Violence and Down Down Down To Mephisto’s Café being a select few in their far too short a set. Mustard Plug pulled out some classic gems like Mr. Smiley, Brain on Ska and Skank My Numbers and even treated the crowd to their rendition Fugazi’s Waiting Room for good measure.

People may love to hear Waiting Room, but as Frank Turner so eloquently put it “Everyone here tries to pretend, including me, that you just woke up and already loved Black Flag but that’s not true, you got into this shit through bands like Offspring and Green Day and shit like that.”

And with that, he launched into Blink 182’s Dammit as his opening song and every last person there sang along.

I’d be quite confident in saying that Frank Turner gave the best performance of the weekend (of course, people who saw Propaghandi may disagree). In may have been the accumulation of PBR within me, but there was something simply magical in the air as he had the crowd eating out of his hand. By the end, I was surrounded by a dozen people – both friends and strangers alike – singing arm in arm to songs like Peggy Sang The Blues, Glory Hallelujah, Dan’s Song, The Road, Long Live The Queen, The Ballad Of Me and My Friends, I Still Believe, Photosynthesis, Try This At Home and a cover of American Girl. It was something magical and glorious and the definition of the The Fest.

The same could be said for The Menzingers set a few hours prior at Florida Theatre. Touring in support of On The Impossible Past, an album that will surely be on everyone’s year end lists this year, The Menzingers could do no wrong. Opening with The Obituaries, the crowd went wild. People jumped over one another, screamed in each other’s faces, jumped and moshed and danced the night away to songs like Ava’s House, Casey, Nice Things, Good Things, Gates, I Was Born and Sunday Morning. Their choice to end with A Lesson In The Abuse of Information Technology was perfect and only cemented why The Menzingers are one of the biggest bands around right now.

Somehow, in a seemingly impossible fashion, I could still go on as I managed to watch a total of 43 bands over the weekend (yes, there were a few half sets thrown in due to time conflicts). There was still The Flatliners and Tim Barry, The Front Bottoms (who blew me away) and Broadway Calls, Dear Landlord, Dead To Me and Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Gateway District, Make Do and Mend and The Soviettes and many more. The list goes on and simply feels like icing on the cake alongside numerous  inmmensly memorable non-official moments of The Fest of which there are many.

A warehouse show came together on Saturday night with Into It. Over It and Slingshot Dakota playing before the cops came to break it up just as Braid began. I missed that show but was across town at the Holiday Inn watching Protagonist, Divided Heaven, We Are The Union and Binary Hearts play a hotel room show before running upstairs where Lauren Measure just finished playing and someone else was there doing a few tunes. Pulling Joe McMahon in, we did loud sing-alongs till well past four in the morning. In almost every hotel, if you kept your ears open you’d find something to keep you busy into the wee hours of the morning.

The Fest themselves threw an after party in the Holiday Inn the next night with an all cover set of Green Day, Weezer, Foo Fighters, and Nirvana performed by Astpai, Broadway Calls, Static Radio NJ and someone else who escapes me at the moment. Bomb The Music Industry! were meant to do Fugazi but said fuck it and did Sugar Ray covers instead – and somehow, no one really cared.

Then again, that’s The Fest. Shit happens and you go with it. You make new friends, some for the whole weekend and some for only one random set crammed in the middle of the afternoon. You somehow end up watching The Evil Dead at Boca Fiesta with Andrew Cream and his friends from the UK. You sing with new pals from New Jersey and drunken Irish guys until the sun comes up at eight in the morning and catch up with people you only see once a year.

That’s The Fest – my most important holiday of the year. A weekend full of friends, bad hygiene, loss of hearing and two dollar tall boys; and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

The FEST Adds More Bands To Lineup

The FestThe Fest held each year in Gainesvillve, FL, has just announced an additional crop of bands that will be playing sets this year  throughout the weekend.

This year’s Fest will take place October 26-28.  Tickets for weekend passes and hotel packages went on sale yesterday at 1PM and are selling fasy.

Below you can see a list of the newly added bands, as well as the original list of confirmed artists:

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The Fest 11 Reveals First Set Of Bands

The FestThe annual punk rock festival known simply as The Fest has revealed the first set of bands for this year’s eleventh run.

The Fest 11 is set to take over 11 venues in downtown Gainesville, Florida over three days in October: October 26th, 27th, 28th 2012. As always, they expect to have around 250 bands from all around the world and their fist set of confirmations comes in at around 170 bands with more to be confirmed soon. 

This year’s line-up is turning out to be rather impressive with the likes of Lagwagon, Anti-Flag, Streetlight Manifesto, Mustard PLug, Joyce Manor, The Swellers, Frank Turner, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Shook Ones, Larry and His Flask, Wilhelm Scream, Polar Bear Club, The Holy Mess,Junior Battles and many more.  

The full list is below.

Three-day weekend passes will go on sale April 20th at 1:00pm EST on the event website. Weekend passes will be $85 until July and will increase to $100 each afterwards. 

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Fest or Bust Tour: Australian Web Series Documenting The Trip To The Fest

Fest or BustAustralian punk rock podcast D.I.Wireless has announced it’s Fest Or Bust Tour‘ – a US east coast road trip during the month of October culminating at The Fest 10 in Gainesville, Florida.

During the trip from Boston to Gainesville, the site will be speaking to Fest 10 bands and those travelling to the huge 10th anniversary of the festival, as well as getting a small insight into the local scenes in places like New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia and Florida. They will then be combining all the data into one cohesive web series.

This is the largest project yet for the multimedia site, having already produced a small web-series for the Poison City Weekender as well as recently travelling to South America to produce a short video piece and band interviews for it’s podcast series.

 An introductory video detailing their plans can be seen below.

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Fat Music For Fest People – New Fat Wreck Chords Compilation

Fat-for-FestFat Wreck Chords are adding yet another addition to their long running compilation series as they will be releasing a limited edition 10inch record titeld Fat Music For Fest People in celebration of this year’s 10th Anniversary of The Fest in Gainesville, Florida.

The ten song compilation features all the Fat bands that will be playing at the Fest:  Cobra Skulls, Smoke or Fire, Dead To Me, Banner Pilot, Teenage Bottlerocket, None More Black, Paint It Black, The Flatliners, Old Man Markley, and Dillinger Four.

The release is limited to 1000 pressings on 10 different colors and will be sold at the Fat Wreck Chords table at the Fest Flea Market October 28. 
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More Bands Confirmed For The Fest 10

Fest 10Organizers for The Fest 10 have added a ton of new bands to the roster for the sold out Gainsville, Florida event, taking place October 28, 29, and 30, 2011. 

New additions include Monikers, Kyle Kinane, The Emotron, The Forthrights, Scum of the Earth, Worlds, Rivernecks, Alligator, Mouthbreather, John-Micheal Bond, Billy Wallace, Greys (Canada), Pujol, Kite Party, Teenage Softies, Wet Witch, The Fucking Wrath, Arms Aloft, Despite Everything (Greece), the Ex-Boogeymen, Over Stars and Gutters, Unfun (Canada), Liquid Limbs, Nato Cole and the Blue Diamond Band, Sister Kisser, Dig It Up (Canada), Luke Fields, Chicken Little, Charles the Ospery, Nightmares For A Week, Hold Tight, Vena Cava, Timeshares, Rose Cross, Post Teens, Nightlights, Douglas Shields and the X-Factors, Saint Alvia, Die Hoffnung, Chotto Ghetto, Sister Kisser, Evan Rocha, Luther, Party Drag, International Dipshit, Young///Savage, Kevin Seconds, Mauser, Wavelets and  Creepiod.

Previously announced bands include Hot Water Music, Against Me, Less Than Jake, Bouncing Souls, Lifetime, Dillinger Four, Samiam, and Youth Brigade to name a few.

The event is giving away the first volume of Fest 10 compilation freebies over on bandcamp, which can be downloaded here.

Stream: Banquets – Sexy Ghosts

Black Numbers RecordsBanquets have posted a new song titled “Sexy Ghosts” for streaming here.

The song is off of their upcoming split cassette with Oswego, NY band Mayflower, and is slated for release “in a few weeks,” according to Black Numbers.

Banquets will be supporting the release as part of this year’s lineup at the FEST 10 in Gainesville, FL, which will take place Oct. 28-30th.

The Fest 10 Line-Up

Fest 10While still months away, the fine people behind The Fest 10 have unveiled a large portion of this year’s lineup. So far, the bands confirmed to play are:

Hot Water Music, Against Me!, Less Than Jake, Samiam, Lifetime, Bouncing Souls, Dillinger Four, None More Black, Paint it Black, Small Brown Bike, Dead to Me, Teenage Bottlerocket, Toys That Kill, Tim Barry, A Wilhelm Scream, Circle Takes The Square, Off With Their Heads, The Holy Mountain, Cobra Skulls, Magrudergrind, Bomb The Music Industry, No Trigger, Trap Them, Dear Landlord, Underground Railroad to Candyland, The Menzingers, The Copyrights, Broadway Calls, Cheap Girls, Ninja Gun, Nothington, Shook Ones, Banner Pilot, Static Radio, Coliseum, Chris Wollard and the Ship Thieves, We Are The Union, Grabass Charlestons, Worn in Red, The Measure (sa) [FINAL SHOW], Tiltwheel, Bridge and Tunnel, Dan Padilla, Blacklist Royals, The Snips (Canada), The Brokedowns, The Catalyst, Algernon Cadwallader, Red City Radio, Shores, Future Virgnis, The Riot Before, Make Do and Mend, We Were Skeletons, Pianos Become Teeth, The Flatliners (Canada), Young Turks, Campaign, OK Pilot (UK), Look Mexico, Dirty Tactics, The Dopamines, The Arteries (UK), Bent Left, SSSSNAKES(UK), How Dare You, Comadre, Grown Ups, Such Gold, Tigers Jaw, Touché Amoré, The Great Explainer, PJ Bond, Carpenter (Canada), Annabel, One Win Choice, Amateur Party, Cynics (UK), Sexy Crimes, Greenland is Melting, Spanish Gamble, Captain We’re Sinking, Senders, O Pioneers! Pure Graft (UK), Caves (UK), Mixtapes, Vultures United, Living With Lions (Canada), Mose Giganticus and more.

As this is the tenth anniversary, organizers are planning an alumni reunion from years past to celebrate the big milestone. The Fest will be happening October 28-30, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida.

   

New Photos: The Fest 9

DefeaterToday I’m happy to unveil our second set of photos from this year’s annual punk rock extravaganza known as The Fest. The annual festival put on by No Idea Records took place over Halloween weekend in Gainesville, Florida and played hosts to hundreds of bands and thousands of nomadic punk fans.

Paris Visone was there snapping photos of bands like Protagonist, Defeater, Cheap Girls and Broadway Calls.

You can check out the new photos here.

New Pictures: The Fest 9

Smoke or Fire While Chris was busy taking photos at home in Calgary this Halloween, Katie Hovland flew from Chicago down to Gainesville, Florida to capture the annual punk rock festival, The Fest.

The three day festival sees bands and fans coming from all over the world to hang out in one town, play music and drink beer together; and Katie was there shooting the entire weekend.

More than just live shots, she’s collected pictures of the bands hanging out back stage, swimming in the Holiday Inn pool, playing with dogs and catching up with old friends. Check out the pictures here.

Afterwards, make sure to check out her Riot Fest pictures too!

The Fest 9 Announces Art Show; Adds New Bands For Final Schedule

The Fest 9This year’s The Fest 9 will include an art show opening on Thursday Oct 28, 2010 and running for the entire weekend of the festival. The feature will host original artwork and photography from artists responsible for giving many of the bands at the festival visual representation over the years via photos and, flyers, and album art. Artists include Cristy Road, Peter Wonsowski, Horsebites, Paris Visone, Joshual Michael, Craig Horkey, Lauren Denitzio, Keith Rosson, John Dyer Baizley to name a few.

The festival has also revealed more scheduled bands, including This Bike Is A Pipebomb, ADDC, Witches, American Cheeseburger, Cynics, American War, Banquets, Kit Fisto, Stolen Parts, World’s Scariest Police Chases, Frozen Cobra, Nightlights, Chicken Little, Unfun, Cassette, Rivernecks, Premadonnasaurs, Carpenter, Empty Orchestra, Dirty Fist, Reverse the Curse, CLAYmonster, Dirty Blonde, Constrictor, and Nightmares for a Week and Julie Karr.  Furthermore, the entire play schedule has been released and is available on The Fest website.

More information about the art show can be found here.

   

The Fest 9 Releases Daily Lineups

The Fest 9The Fest 9 has announced a schedule of for which day bands take the stage at for this year’s installment of the annual three day punk rock bonanza held in Gainesville, FL over Halloween weekend (October 29th, 30th, and 31st).  The festival will host over 250 bands across eleven venues (within walking distance) in the downtown districts of music-mecca Gainsville, Fl.

Additionally, the festival recently confirmed a new list of contributors, including the likes of  Paint It Black, Paul Baribeau, Fake Problems, 1994!, Aficionado, City of Ships, Franz Nicolay, Hot New Mexicans, La Dispute, Todd Congelliere, Living With Lions and a possible last show from The Takers to name a few.

Last year’s rendition (The Fest 8) garnered over 5,000 attendees from 51 states and 16 countries.

Find out which bands are playing on which day below.

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The Fest 9 Update

The Fest 9We all know Gainesville’s annual The Fest is just around the corner, and to get you even more excited for it, they have just updated with more bands and two more venues for this incredible music Festival. One new venue added is former Against Me! drummer Warren Oakes’ mexican restaurant, Boca Fiesta.

Some of the newly confirmed bands are Florida’s own Fake Problems, major touring artist Franz Nicolay, Athens’ power-pop group Hot New Mexicans amongst many more including Paint It Black, Paul Baribeau,  1994!, Aficionado, City of Ships, La Dispute, Living With Lions, The Takers (possible final show), Assassinate the Scientist, 10-4 Eleanor, Bent Left, Big Soda, Dickkicker, Dolarhyde, Douglas Shields and the X Factors, Dude Jams, Dukes of Hillsborough, Former Thieves, Giuseppe, Go Rydell, Gretski, Grids, Heavy Petty (A Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Tribute), Jared Grabb, Koji, Lindsey Mills, Little League, Mixtapes, Noise by Numbers, One Win Choice, Over Stars and Gutters, Pianos Become The Teeth, Punch, Rock Creek Jug Band, Rumspringer, Scum of the Earth, Shared Arms, Sister Kisser, Sleeping Spiders, Textbook Committee (Guided By Voices Tribute), The Anchor, The Bombpops, Timeshares, Toby Foster, Too Many Daves, Vacation Bible School, Young///Savages, Devout, Backpocket, Mauser, Divided Heaven, SMN, The Outsiders, and Towers of Hanoi.

You can find the entire Fest line up here. You can also buy your Fest 9 tickets here.