If you were to ask me what I think the most important date in current American mainstream culture is, I’d say it’s December 25th. Entire industries bank their year’s financial schedules around this silly, misconstrued holiday. I personally try to make as little a deal out of it as possible. Spend some time with family, maybe drink some good beer. But for the most part, I find the entire scene to be atrocious.
Now if you were to ask me what I think the most important weekend in DIY punk is, I’d tell you it’s the last weekend of October, Gainesville city limits. An international convergence of punk, hardcore, folk, metal, and even some hip-hop. A celebration of music, friends, and family.
Over the last 10 years we’ve seen the Fest grow to what it is today. Built up over the years through hours of labor and thought, careful planning and taking risks.
There’s nothing else like it in the entire country, so get the fuck out here, see some goddamn bands, and have a great time.
Dillinger Four, “Twin Cities Sinners, United” (Mutant Pop)
Measure [SA], “Unwritten” (No Idea)
Slow Death, “Poor Little Fool” (Silver Sprocket)
Banner Pilot, “Overwinter” (Fat)
Street Eaters, “Frigid Digits” (Dirt Cult / Dead Broke / Lost Cat)
Lemuria, “Single Mother” (No Idea)
Tiltwheel, “Subcontractor” (Accident Prone)
Ampere, “Abject Failure” (No Idea)
Hot Water Music, “Trusty Chords” (Epitaph)
Future Virgins, “Change the Locks” (Plan It X South)
Lifetime, “The Boy’s No Good” (Jade Tree)
Dude Jams, “Chainsaw” (ADD)
Copyrights, “Get Got” (No Idea)
Brigade, “The Hardest Part” (BYO)