Since 2002, droves of punk rock fans have converged upon Gainesville each late October. They do this to punish their ear drums and livers collectively for three days of musical alcoholism at the Fest. The event has grown every year via a potent mixture of rare performances by dormant artists and sets by current favorites.
Though much of this fervor is no doubt a product of scheduled performances by beloved and influential bands like 7 Seconds, Braid, Propaghandi, Good Riddance, Lagwagon, and Negative Approach, the Fest has always served as a coming out party for new artists that have worked their way into the good graces of event organizers.
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