Simplicity rules. The Fest, an annual, well, fest in Gainesville, gets away with its bare-bones name because, well, it is THE fest in the Southeast. The yearly three-day shebang is the Sunshine State's ultimate, temporary mecca for all that is sludgy and dirty in metal, hardcore, and punk.
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The Fest just announced this year's dates -- October 29, 30, 31 -- and posted the official band application. Please note, it comes with these caveats:
...please understand that we get a lot of Fest applications every year and can only accept a small number of those bands. Last year we received over 800 applications and we only had room for about 30 of them. We would love to be able to accept more bands but unfortunately, we live in a small town with a limited number of venues and are thus extremely limited to how many bands we can squeeze into a three-day festival....
Lastly, we are going to be cutting down the number of bands on the Fest this year. I know, we said that last year, be we REALLY mean it this year. Who knows how many we'll be cutting and what the final number will be, but right now we're just shooting for "less than last year."