Los Angeles California’s The Briggs started out in 2001 and have been tearing it up on Side One Dummy Records since 2004. Little known fact: Their song This is LA is played as part of the introduction for the Los Angeles Kings at all of their home games. In 2007, they played the main stage (The Venue) at The Fest 6. Check it out here.
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Against Me! have become one of the largest local bands to come from Gainesville, FL which is quite the statement as local bands include Hot Water Music, Less Than Jake and none other than Tom Petty. Starting off in 1997 as a solo act, Tom Gabel fine tuned the lineup and after years of touring and releasing stellar material on Plan It X Records, Sabot Productions, No Idea Records, and then Fat Wreck Chords came to a high point in their career in the summer/fall of 2005. After releasing their tour DVD “We’re Never Going Home”, playing Warped Tour that year and headlining the Fat Wreck tour, their final show was at home, headlining The FEST 4. A “We’re Never Going Home…Homecoming” if you will. Whether you’re an old Against Me! fan or a new fan you’ll find this is one of the best compilations of their past work, playing it at home to one of the best crowds of their career.
Marshall, Michigan’s Small Brown Bike called it quits in 2004 after eight years of recording and touring. The members moved on to form LaSalle & Able Baker Fox. In September 2007, after a three year hiatus, Small Brown Bike got back together for a string of shows in Michigan and Chicago, culminating in their final show at The Fest 6 in Gainesville, FL. They gave it their all, breaking strings and ripping vocal chords to an all-star crowd on the stage behind them and a packed room of about a thousand fans singing along.
After years of fine-tuning their sound on their own terms, New Bedford, MA’s A Wilhelm Scream played The Fest 7, their first Fest. Even though it seems unlikely after seeing the video, they opened the whole thing off at The Venue (the main venue) on Halloween 2008 to an ecstatic crowd.
So after years of not really touring anymore, Avail will just show up and destroy the place. While not technically proficient at times, not many shows this big turn out to be this amazing. And if you’re wondering, yes, this is the set that Beau jumps off the Front of House cabinets (about 15 feet) out into the crowd.
All-Stars of the Chicago punk scene, The Lawrence Arms have more than a decade of history touring and playing their signature blend of pop-drunk-punk. After many years of playing The FEST, at FEST 6 they graced the main stage with their presence and the set was what you’d come to expect from “da larin sharms”.
The Bay Area’s American Steel originally formed in 1995. After six years of touring and releases to what at the time they considered little fanfare, the band moved into a different sound and felt the band needed a different name. In 2002, with their new moniker, Communiqué, the band gave it another go with a decidedly different sound and feel. After four years, they gave this too a rest. In the meantime, American Steel had become legendary. In 2007, they reunited as American Steel, signed to Fat Wreck Chords and went back at it. They toured down with The Lawrence Arms to FEST 6 and played to one of the biggest crowds they had to date.