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THE FEST 21: Gainesville's Punk Rock Odyssey

Matthew C. Woodruff
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THE FEST is an independent multiple-day, multiple-venue underground music festival held annually in Gainesville, FL. Originally established in 2002 THE FEST has grown from 60 bands, four stages, and two days to the massive monster it is now. This year THE FEST 21 features over 350 bands, comedians, and wrestlers, at 17 venues in and around downtown Gainesville.

If you are not familiar with the concept behind THE FEST it is pretty easy. You come and run yourself all over Gainesville and see a ton of bands. You party late, stay up late, meet crazy people, dance, sing along, party with old and new friends, see some of the bands passed out in the streets, and then leave wondering, why can't this happen every day of our lives?

So, start training your liver, get a sleep deprivation tank, sport a ‘tude, and tell your family and work that you might not be making it back. This is THE FEST. This is a collaborative effort. You breathe the life in it and make it what you want. When we all come together, we truly make one nasty punk rock Voltron, (via

THE FEST 21 organizers have announced that 3-day passes are sold out, individual tickets are still available and can be purchased online or at the venue door. If you have a 3-day pass you must attend one of the registration events to check-in and pick up your wrist band. Registration is at the Boxcar in Depot Park, Friday October 27th Noon – 7pm or in Bo Diddley Plaza Saturday October 28th Noon – 2pm only.

Not many chances come along in life to totally give your soul over to art and music. THE FEST offers one of those chances that when you are old and wrinkled (use sunscreen!) you will regret not attending when you were young enough to enjoy it. Oh, and there is beer.

About the writer: Matthew Woodruff is an Independent Journalist and Author who believes in Freely Accessible, Honest and Open Reporting.

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Matthew is an independent journalist, an internationally award-winning author best known for Dark Humor/Lite Horror/Supernatural short stories, as well as an ordained minister who served as a domestic missionary. He is a lover of the unusual, travel, cats and the spark that makes people tick. Matthew is based in Florida, USA.

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