The Fest

The Fest
This video pretty much explains itself. The Fest rules, and so much of what makes it special is hard to capture with a camcorder held over your head in a hotel room. The true beauty of those moments comes out the next morning when you hear someone’s ecstatic recollection in the parking lot of Paint it Black/Kid Dynamite/Lifetime guitarist Dan Yemin playing acoustic Oasis covers all through the night somewhere on the second floor. So we tried to capture that side of the festival: the stories that people (people in bands, people from the UK, people from Gainesville itself) will be telling their friends for the next few months until everyone gets tired of hearing about how rad Slingshot Dakota’s cover of "Waiting Room” was.

With that in mind, these stories were collected starting from Monday morning, with everyone slowly making their way out of town. A few were collected in the days following; I’m currently on tour with the Flatliners, and it’s amazing how you’ll still run into kids in a town like Warner Robins, Georgia, who can’t wait to talk shit about how good Bouncing Souls’ Friday night set was. We finished collecting stories in Covington, Kentucky, but I’m sure we could have found a few more in the days to come. But, you know, I have to make a video.

A big thanks to Tony and the whole Fest crew. You succeed in making a big, accessible festival that keeps its shit together while getting bigger every year. I had the time of my life.


Paint it Black playing in the back of a U-Haul.