The Fest has announced the 2023 line-up and it is stacked with hundreds of incredible bands. Celebrating its 21st year, The Fest will be held in Gainesville, FL on October 27th, 28th, and 29th. Headliners this year include Thursday, Decendents and Less Than Jake, with both Thursday and Less Than Jake performing special album shows. Thursday will play two sets, featuring their album War All The Time. Less Than Jake will do the same with their album Hello Rockview. Fans can expect other performances from artists such as Laura Jane Grace, The Wonder Years, Gwar, Eve6, Free Throw and many, many more. Early bird tickets go on sale Thursday, April 20th. However, you can grab tickets for the kick-off party on October 26th here.
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The Fest was born in 2002 by creator Tony Weinbender, founder of No Idea Records. It is predominantly a punk rock and pop punk centered festival, but also showcases hardcore, indie, alternative and ska acts. It has grown to attract large audiences with bands performing across a variety venues. These range from large clubs to small bars across Gainesville, FL. This allows for bands of all sizes to make their mark. Every year The Fest takes place on the same weekend as the Florida-Georgia football game, right before Halloween. It is definitely a staple festival in the southeast. Surely something you don’t want to miss. Check out a highlight real from last year below!