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Altpress.com Interview with Fest 10 organizer Tony Weinbender

Originally published by Altpress.com on October 24, 2011.

Over the last decade, THE FEST has evolved from a small-time operation in which roughly 60 bands performed over two days in a few Gainesville, Florida venues to a massive event in which 6000 people and 300 bands converge upon the small college town, essentially overtaking the streets and all its venues for three days. This year is the tenth anniversary of The Fest and organizer Tony Weinbender went all out, assembling a lineup chock full of heavy-hitting Fest alumni (Hot Water Music, the Bouncing Souls, Less Than Jake) as well as the usual up-and-coming acts, not to mention a bevy of “mystery” bands.

With the Fest-ivities set to kick off this Friday, Altpress.com caught up with Weinbender from his home in Gainesville to talk about this year’s stacked lineup, his philosophy on organizing the Fest, tips on how to best enjoy the weekend plus plenty of other important details (Tony likes to talk a lot).

Read the entire interview at Altpress.com – Just click HERE.

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