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The 20th anniversary edition of the Fest unveils its initial line-up

Someone is celebrating their birthday this year and it’s The Fest! The annual punk rock rite of passage celebrates 20 years in business, shaking Florida fans while bringing the best of punk to the masses. Although the full lineup has yet to be revealed, organizers have just provided a sizable chunk of the bill for 2022 with a handful of acts already confirmed for multiple sets.

Veteran bands Hot Water Music, Bouncing Souls, Anti-Flag, Samiam, Piebald and The Flatliners top the bill, each playing two sets over the three-day weekend, which runs October 28-30 in Gainesville, Florida.

Avail, Cursive, the Suicide Machines, Iron Chic, the Ergs!, War on Women, comedian Chris Gethard, City of Caterpillar, Into It. Over It., Cobra Skulls, Twelve Hour Turn, Mustard Plug, Toys That Kill, Tim Barry, the Dopamines, FYP and more have already been confirmed for the weekend, with more acts expected to follow at an announcement on June 6.

“Holy shit! and I mean ALL of our FEST FRIENDS around the world this year,” organizers say. 11. For now, we’re just super excited to share with you the first big batch of confirmed bands for The Big 20th Anniversary FEST.” Get a closer look at the lineup in The Fest announcement at the bottom of this post.

Fest 20 passes and hotel packages go on sale next Wednesday (April 20) at 12N ET. Three-day passes start at $175 and for every 500 passes sold the price will go up, so it’s best to act early. Go here for more information on ticketing.

Gainseville Music Weekend will take place at the city’s many live venues including Bo Diddley Plaza, The Wooly, Vivid Music Hall, Vecinos, Downtown Fats, Boca Fiesta/Palomino, The Hippodrome and Loosey’s, all of which are located less than four blocks away. Ray. Heartwood is the other weekend venue, just south of the others on Main Street. Check the Fest 20 website for any additional questions about the Music Weekend.

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