HEY FEST FRIENDS,
Today is crazy exciting because we are giving you the entire FEST 19 SCHEDULE super early!!! I know it’s a ton of info to take in and stress about making your ideal schedule and all but remember, hangs with your FEST buds are sometimes just as important as catching as many bands as you can. We still have 100+ days til we get to party down with everyone so assume there will be some alterations and maybe some fun surprises in store.
Speaking of… you may see MYSTERY BAND listed in the schedule. Those are usually some really special sets we have talked bands into doing while they are already here. We usually announce those on Friday of FEST so you will have to be patient for those announcements.
However…this year we do have a very special MYSTERY BAND who will be opening up Bo Diddley Plaza on Saturday 10/30/21 and we have gotten the green light to announce just who it will be a little earlier than usual. Make sure you are following us on all our social media platforms and keep your eyes peeled for this special announcement on August 13th!
In kinda bummer news, we have had several bands drop since our last update. Many of them are overseas bands who are just having a real hard time navigating getting the vaccine and travel visas. We have told all of those bands that our doors will be open for them next year and that they should go ahead and bank on coming over in 2022.
We also had a few of our buds here in the States have to drop off FEST this year because of conflicting tour offers and some just are having a hard time figuring stuff out this year. Again, we here at FEST know it’s a bummer. We are sad as well but know that we have already offered all those bands spots next year if they want to make it up to us all.
The biggest band to sadly not make it this year is GORILLA BISCUITS. I reached out and Walter wanted to share with everyone:
“We regretfully have to bow out of Fest 19 this year. We all were really looking forward to it but the timing didn’t work out for us this year.”
In the meantime we are stoked to announce that we have added a few more new bands to help soften the blow.
NEW BANDS ADDED TO FEST 19
Baroness, Scott Reynolds, Soul Glo, Lemmiwinks (Panama), Gordon Withers, Airstream Futures, Wrong War, Bonsai Trees, The Handsome Scoundrels, Damage Done, LAST, Hotel Etiquette, Wreath, Love Kills Joy, Black Valley Moon, Tampa Punk Rock Karaoke, and Bradley Palermo.
FEST 19 – 3 DAY PASSES ARE SOLD OUT BUT… SINGLE SHOW TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!!!
Today we are offering limited quantities of SINGLE SHOW TICKETS to our three largest venues (Bo Diddley Plaza, Heartwood, and Knockin’ Boots Saloon) at FEST 19!
You can PURCHASE SINGLE SHOW TICKETS HERE while they last.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
We also announced these amazing bands will be joining us for FEST 19- 2021:
Hot Water Music (TWO NIGHTS), Frank Turner, The Wonder Years, The Lawrence Arms, Murder By Death, SAMIAM, BIGWIG, Good Riddance, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Torche, Strike Anywhere, Modern Life is War, Comeback Kid, A Wilhelm Scream, Tim Barry, The Appleseed Cast, Mustard Plug, I Am The Avalanche, Chris Gethard, The Casket Lottery, Cobra Skulls, Spanish Love Songs, Red City Radio, No Trigger, Broadway Calls, Sheer Mag, Direct Hit, PEARS, Skatune Network, We Are The Union, Into It. Over It. (playing Proper), Mock Orange (playing The Record Play), Blacklist Royals (playing Semper Liberi), Crime In Stereo (playing Troubled Stateside), Two Minutes to Late Night, The Copyrights, Annabel, Western Addiction, Prince Daddy & the Hyena, John-Allison Weiss, Doc Hopper, Zeta, Peelander-Z, Assholeparade, Pet Symmetry, Dikembe, Timeshares, Banquets, Signals Midwest, Typesetter, Mikey Erg, Ratboys, Be Well, Brendan Kelly, Sundowner, Elway, Kill Lincoln, Jon Snodgrass & Friends, Moving Targets, Slingshot Dakota, David Dondero, Dead Bars, Wolf-Face, The Bad Signs, Such Gold, Pool Kids, Dollar Signs, Tightwire, MakeWar, Kepi Ghoulie & BFace, Taking Meds, Gillian Carter, The Eradicator, RADON, Tiltwheel, Devon Kay and the Solutions, Joystick, Bandaid Brigade, Save Ends, City Mouse, Warren Franklin, perspective, a lovely hand to hold, Cop/Out, Bad Operation, and about 250 more buds from all over.
For a full list of who we have playing FEST 19-2021 please check out the BANDS page and while you wait to rage in Gainesville again pop on the FEST RADIO PLAYER and learn about some bands you might have slept on.
LET’S GET THE PARTY STARTED EARLY!
We are adding a new space to the FEST schedule this year. It’s called Heartwood Soundstage and they have a really rad outside space we are gonna take over for FEST 19!!! But before FEST we feel like it would be nice to blow out the cobwebs and dust off the koozies for some fun in the sun with all our buds.
Check out THE WARM UP…a stacked all day, outside party on August 14th with our FEST buds like Brendan Kelly (from the Lawrence Arms), ZETA, Expert Timing, Palomino Blond, You Vandal, Virginity, and Woolbright.
Capacity will be limited so snag a ticket now and come catch a buzz in the sun with us.
FEST PRE-ORDER MERCH
WE ADDED SOME RAD NEW MERCH ITEMS YOU CAN PRE-ORDER THIS YEAR!!!
This is the best way to make sure you get the styles and sizes you need and save time. Your items will be ready and waiting for you at FEST REGISTRATION for you to scoop when you pick up your passes. You will also SAVE MONEY because the prices on all of these pre-orders will go up weekend of FEST so order now while they are cheaper.
We now have four hotels to choose from for your stay this year but they are almost SOLD OUT so jump on it early and check out the HOTELS page for all of your options this year. Three night stays start at $115 per night!!!
VOLUNTEER FOR FEST and GET A 3-DAY PASS
If you live in the Gainesville area (or have volunteered for PRE-FEST or FEST and done a good job) and want to help out and be a part of THE FEST 19, here is your chance. THE FEST is looking for kickass, friendly and serious volunteers. Volunteers are always needed to help run FEST. We offer a free three day pass to anyone who works a shift the weekend of. You will also get a volunteer discount on a VOLUNTEER ONLY FEST SHIRT. This is a design that no one but FEST 19 Volunteers have access to. (Shirt purchase not mandatory. Black shirts are ok to wear during shifts). A shift runs about 6-8 hours and is anything from working registration, the door, helping bands load equipment, stage/barricade security to being a rock star stage manager.
Go to the FEST VOLUNTEER PAGE for more info.
WE UPDATED OUR FAQ SECTION
As we plan FEST 19 you have questions. We hear ya loud and clear and are working really hard to get you the answers you need to plan your trip to Gainesville for FEST 19. However, some of this stuff requires time to figure out so please check the FAQ section and we will update it as we get more info. So if you have questions check here and hopefully we got an answer for ya!
Thanks again everyone. We can’t thank you all enough for the love, support and patience you have given all of the FEST crew over the last year. We are still working very hard and keeping a great open communication with our city leaders and all the FEST venues to make FEST 19 the bestest and safest we can be. We remind you all that if you have not gotten your COVID-19 vaccine please do so when you can. We miss you all something terrible and can’t wait to cheers, hug, and sing along with everyone again. Until then, continue to look out for yourself and each other. Soak up some sunshine and crack open a few while we wait.
Tony and the FEST crew