Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor unveils schedule; here's when to see Less Than Jake, Screaming Females and more
For the second straight year, Gainesville's punk bacchanal known as Fest will kick off with a two-day mini-festival in Tampa, Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor on Oct. 29-30.
The lineup has been mostly set for a while, but not the schedule. Today, we found out when many of the biggest names will be performing, and also got a few more interesting details worth passing on. Among them:
-- You can find the entire two-day scheudle of some 75 bands here, but some of the highlights and headliners that Wednesday and Thursday include Less Than Jake (12:40 a.m. Thursday, Orpheum), Screaming Females (12:30 a.m. Thursday, Crowbar), the Menzingers (11:40 p.m. Thursday, Orpheum), Cheap Girls (11:30 p.m. Thursday, Crowbar), Tim Barry (10:30 p.m. Thursday, Crowbar), Strike Anywhere (12:20 a.m. Wednesday, Orpheum) and A Wilhelm Scream (11:20 p.m. Wednesday, Orpheum).
-- Pre-Fest 2 will have four venues both days: Orpheum, Crowbar, New World Brewery and Tequilas. Most shows start in the evening both days, but on Thursday, Tequilas will have a free outdoor show starting at 1 p.m., with a lineup that includes PJ Bond, Matt Woods, Chris Cresswell, Mikey Erg, Franz Nicolay and Jeff Brawer. The Orpheum will have a Thursday afternoon show by Kaiju Big Battel, a live monster-movie recreation you kind of have to see to believe; tickets to that one are $20.
-- Many of the acts have special sets planned. Less Than Jake will play 1996's Losing Streak in its entirety, and other artists will play full albums as well, including Save Ends (2012's Strength Vs. Will), Banquets (2011's Top Button, Bottom Shelf) and Astpai (new record Burden Calls). A Wilhelm Scream will play an all-Twitter request set, and Matt Woods will play an all-request set, too.
-- Two-day all-venue Pre-Fest passes are $50 ($60 at the door, if available), or $140 for a combo pass for Pre-Fest and Fest pass. Click here. But there are limited single-venue tickets for Pre-Fest available at prices ranging from $10 to $25, so if you have your heart set on seeing one or two bands only, it's worth considering. Click here for links to individual tickets.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*