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Summer in October
September 17, 2013 - Nicholas Terry
All over the country throughout the summer there are music festivals. You’ve got Bamboozle, Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bonnaroo, SXSW, etc. There’s a chance to see some of the most popular bands play on large stages with thousands of other people. It’s really great if you’re into that sort of thing.
Then there is what is simply called Fest, which has taken place in Gainesville, Florida for the past decade. With 300+ bands over four days Fest is first and foremost a music festival like any other. However, there’s something special about Fest that I don’t believe happens that other events. The bands while being deemed “underground” by common standards all play in local bars with relatively small capacities keeping every show intimate. At any point you could be rocking out to a band you like while standing next the singer of your favorite band who’s screaming along with the lyrics. Everyone that goes there as a fan, and ends up as friends.
Fest is a place to make friends. Everyone that I talk to talks about the people they met and the fun times they had with old friends at Fest. Sure, the music is a part of it, but we’re all there because this music has had a significant impact on our lives. It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Music changes lives and for some it saves it. It doesn’t matter the genre, music is the language which we all can understand. This bond brings people together and is a starting point for life long friendships and for some I’m sure relationships.
Even if you somehow avoid everyone at Fest over four days (you can’t and won’t), you’d still be in for an incredible treat for the sheer amount of bands and music to experience. There’s punk bands, acoustic songwriters, alt-country bands, weird drum and bass electronic bands, stand up comedians, and everything in between. It’s easy to find too much that you want to see. The schedule has been out for weeks, and while being incredible exciting, it was a tad disappointing. There’s no way to see everything I want. Even if I brought a clone of me, he’d still miss out on some of the smaller bands that I would be interested in checking out. That would be the only drawback to Fest, there’s too much to do. But how big of a negative is that?
I wish I could write about each band playing to give them the attention they deserve. Sadly, the Fest lineup is bulging at the seems and Father Time plays no favorites. I will however attempt to write about as many as I can to introduce you (and myself) to some new music. Be on the look out for new things to come.
I've included the highlight video for last years Fest so you can visualize the extravaganza.
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