The Fest is not just a concert, The Fest is a community.
When I first came to Gainesville, Florida five years ago for school, I never imagined this little town could play host to the biggest family reunion the world has ever seen. Every year, more than 350 bands and thousands of fans descend on the city for three PBR fueled days of music, friendship, comedy, and even wrestling.
Fest is a place where the person next to you in the pit automatically becomes your best friend. It’s a place where you can discover your new favorite band and have a beer with them right after their set. I’ve never felt more comfortable and connected to those around me at a show than I do when I step into a Fest venue, and it’s an experience I recommend to any wayward music fan looking for a place to belong.
I had the absolute pleasure of being part of the team documenting this year’s Fest-ivities and was able to work alongside bands and fans who had come from all over the world to take part. Here are just a few of my favorite moments from the best 3 days of the year.