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SLAVES & Wonk Unit in Portsmouth

slaves tour with wonk unit

Delicious news for the Wonk fam!! Laurie sausage and silly boy Isaac of Slaves are taking the Wonk on tour!!! Yes the massive big venue tour in November!!! Get in QUICK!! Most of the venues are sold out already! We last toured together in 2012 when we released Muffy. This is for their Are You satisfied album. These gigs will be incredibly fun! I cannot wait!! Thank you Slaves. We love you very much. Xx

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SLAVES & Wonk Unit

slaves tour with wonk unit

Delicious news for the Wonk fam!! Laurie sausage and silly boy Isaac of Slaves are taking the Wonk on tour!!! Yes the massive big venue tour in November!!! Get in QUICK!! Most of the venues are sold out already! We last toured together in 2012 when we released Muffy. This is for their Are You satisfied album. These gigs will be incredibly fun! I cannot wait!! Thank you Slaves. We love you very much. Xxx

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SLAVES & Wonk Unit in Bristol

slaves tour with wonk unit

Delicious news for the Wonk fam!! Laurie sausage and silly boy Isaac of Slaves are taking the Wonk on tour!!! Yes the massive big venue tour in November!!! Get in QUICK!! Most of the venues are sold out already! We last toured together in 2012 when we released Muffy. This is for their Are You satisfied album. These gigs will be incredibly fun! I cannot wait!! Thank you Slaves. We love you very much. Xxx

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Wonk Unit Play The Fest

The Fest gainsville

YES!  WONK play the USA!

Loosey’s

120 SW 1st Ave, Gainesville, FL

1:00 AM – 1:20 AMFUCK! (It’s Pronounced SHIT!)
12:10 AM – 12:40 AMGuerilla Poubelle
11:20 PM – 11:50 PMDucking Punches
10:30 PM – 11:00 PMEmpty Lungs
9:40 PM – 10:10 PMThe Priceduifkes
8:50 PM – 9:20 PMÜberyou
8:00 PM – 8:30 PMKamikaze Girls
7:10 PM – 7:40 PMThe Decline
6:20 PM – 6:50 PMRed Car Burns
5:30 PM – 6:00 PMThe Helltons
4:40 PM – 5:10 PMIrish Handcuffs
3:50 PM – 4:20 PMWonk Unit
3:00 PM – 3:30 PMPersonal Best
2:10 PM – 2:40 PMHave/Hold
1:20 PM – 1:50 PMNo Somos Marineros
12:30 PM – 1:00 PMWoahnows
12:00 PMDOORS

18+ FEST 14 PASS HOLDERS ONLY

Background

THE FEST is an independent multiple-day, multiple-venue underground music festival held annually in Gainesville, FL with support from the fine folks at No Idea Records and now THE CITY OF GAINESVILLE, FL.

For a dose of recent history, in 2013, THE FEST celebrated 12 years and expanded to four days in Gainesville, FL and added two days for the first annual BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR in the historic Ybor City, FL (TAMPA). FEST 12 hosted 400 bands in four days while BIG PRE-FEST gave 100 of those bands and close to 1,000 attendees another two days to enjoy the party in a new city.

Last year, THE FEST 13  hosted 373 musical acts over three days at 20 venues in the heart of Gainesville — including THE FEST taking over downtown Gainesville’s Bo Diddley Plaza, THE FEST’s first open air main stage! Adding Bo Diddley Plaza enabled FEST to step up production levels as well as enabled attendees to avoid lines and enjoy headliners in an amazing new atmosphere run solely in every way by FEST STAFF and FEST VOLUNTEERS. Plus, we finally had a venue large enough to have the fucking DESCENDENTS play!!! At it’s most packed, Bo Diddley Plaza enabled 5,500 people to watch a band together. 5 times the amount of people a band had previously played in front of in FEST history! The total three day impact on Gainesville was 21,888 FEST 13 wristband holders. 20% of attendees were non-US residents. a 5% increas from the previous year. 69% of attendees were not from Florida.

2015 brings FEST to our 14th year and we expect our attendance to grow even more. Over 10,000 music lovers will converge on Florida to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and some of the best underground punk, hardcore, indie and alt-country bands from all over the world. FEST will once again expand into Ybor City for BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 3 (Oct 28th & 29th)  and going back to the standard three days in Gainesville for FEST 14 (Oct 30th, Oct 31st & Nov 1st). 2015 will also find FEST working even closer with the City of Gainesville to add LOT 10 (located in the heart of downtown Gainesville, FL) into their roster of venues. This additional venue will allow more attendees to enjoy the headliners and give FEST organizers an opportunity to utilize a larger open air space to grow the festival.

Established in 2002  with only 60 bands, four stages, and two days, THE FEST has experienced a massive growth rate, now finding the festival outgrowing the amazing city it was birthed in.

What should I bring?

EVERYONE ATTENDING FEST 14 and PRE-FEST 3 in YBOR MUST HAVE A VALID ID WITH BIRTH DATE TO GET INTO ANY OF THE VENUES. NO EXCEPTIONS! IF YOU ARE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY, PLEASE BRING YOUR PASSPORT TO EACH VENUE. OTHER COUNTRIES’ DRIVERS LICENSES WILL NOT WORK AT THE VENUES. If you don’t have a driver’s license, then you must have a legal ID or Passport. College IDs will not work. This is not the ’70s.

What are the venues? And how far are the venues?

GAINESVILLE: All of the venues are in walking distance. LOT 10 , The Atlantic, The Wooly,  8 Seconds, CMC, Rockey’s Piano Bar, Boca Fiesta/Palomino, and Loosey’s are all in a four block radius. 1982 is about 11 blocks from The Atlantic and 8 blocks from 8 Seconds. These are all walking blocks. Gainesville has a very small downtown.

YBOR (TAMPA): YBOR is a thriving historic district and has many clubs/venues all in walking distance right off of one strip (E 7th Ave). The venues are all within a 6 walking block stretch. Super easy to find and plenty of bars, eats and shops in between.

What’s the deal with the charter bus to get me to Gainesville from Tampa?

We have secured a charter bus company to help you FEST folk get from TAMPA to GAINESVILLE and back. You can go to the PRE-FEST 3 PAGE for more info and to the TICKETS PAGE (UP JUNE 1st)  to purchase a ticket on the PORK CHOP FEST EXPRESS! We are trying to make this as easy as possible for you to enjoy both cities. Attendees who rode the PCFE the last two years loved it, so I am sure it will be a popular and easy form of transportation again this year.

How do I get there? Rental cars? Flights? Greyhound?

GAINESVILLE: The Gainesville Regional Airport is a quick cab ride to downtown. They mainly use Atlanta as a hub. Check there, but Jacksonville, Tampa, or Orlando is usually cheaper. Also, check out: www.megabus.com. It runs from Atlanta and Orlando to Gainesville now! Super cheap, clean and they have Wi-Fi. Gainesville also has a Greyhound station that is in walking distance from downtown or a short cab ride. There is also a Hertz Rental Car right at the Holiday Inn University Center and an Enterprise Rental Car office nearby on University Ave.

YBOR (TAMPA): The Tampa International Airport has several ground transportation options for you that can be found here. TAMPA also has a Greyhound station that is a half mile from Ybor. There is a rad street car that boards right near both Ybor hotels that will take you to downtown if you want to see more of Tampa in the daytime. Fairs are $2.50 or you can purchase an all day pass for $5. You can find more info here about fairs, stops and running times.

Can I buy a FEST 14 PASS or BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 3 PASS for just one day?

Nope. However, we do offer single day ADVANCE TICKETS and walk up individual ticket sales (if not sold out in advance). These tickets will go onsale later this summer once the schedule has been posted for each city.

Can I buy tickets for an individual show in advance?

Depends. See above! When we do, we sell 10% of the venues capacity, but for the smaller venues we don’t pre-sell individual tickets or walk up tickets for. Check back when the schedule of showcases are announced later this summer.

Are you full? Can my band play?

WE ARE FULL!!!! Please do not ask us to play.

What are the drinking laws?

GAINESVILLE: 21 and up can drink at the venues. Package liquor can be purchased between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., and beer, wine and drinks at a bar can be purchased between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m.

YBOR/TAMPA: 21 and up can drink at the venues. Venues drinking hours varies by location, but all are allowed to be open until 3 a.m. and serve if they choose. The Seminole Hard Rock Casino is open even later since it’s on Native American owned land and not subject to the county’s drinking laws.  Their nightclub is open until 6 a.m. and grabbing a drink is possible 24/7 on the hotel’s premises. Package liquor can be purchased in stores. They tend to stay open until 11 or 12, but are allowed to stay open until 3 a.m., just like the bars in Tampa/Ybor.

Where do I eat? Drink? Buy my favorite…?

All that info will be stashed in your official FEST 14  guidebook. We will also be updating the LOCAL EATS section of the site as information becomes available.

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Southampton Joiners with Teenage Bottlerocket

teenage bottlerocket official

Wonk Unit Supporting Teenage Bottlerocket at The Joiners in Southampton

Slick back your hair and get out your leather jackets because everyone’s favorite Wyoming pop-punk band featuring a set of twins, a dude from the Lillingtons and a half Chinese, half Mexican guy who likes to be tied up and beaten black and blue are back and they’re…whoa. Wait. I know what you’re thinking: that could be almost any band from Wyoming, but rest assured, I’m talking about the Rectangle State’s favorite foursome: Teenage Bottlerocket, and they’ve finally taken a break from zipping around the world, eating barbeque for breakfast, and supporting bands like NOFX and the Descendents to put their heads together and crank out yet another masterpiece of modern Ramones influenced, gleefully stupid, infectiously awesome punk rock. It’s calledFreak Out! And it comes out on July 3rd, 2012 courtesy of Fat Wreck Chords.

After a couple great records on Red Scare Industries, the boys in Teenage Bottlerocket finally signed to Fat in 2009, where they wasted no time melting faces with their Fat debut, They Came From the Shadows and the subsequent EP Mutilate Me. Known for their often bizarre subject matter, TBR have songs that tell Gene Simmons to go fuck himself, odes to skateboarding on old Zorlac decks and upbeat jams about murdering everyone at a Burger King and Freak Out! keeps the tradition alive with awesome tracks like “Who Killed Sensei” and “Cruising For Chicks.” There’s also a song called “Necrocomicon” on the album which has gotta be the first (and best) song ever written about the comic book of the dead. But shit, that’s neither here nor there, the point is, TBR went into the Blasting Room, where such little known acts as Rise Against and Gaslight Anthem have been known to record, and, under the watchful eye and ear of engineer Andrew Berlin, cranked out fourteen new barnburners that’ll have you laughing, dancing and counting to four really, really fast all summer long. When asked about the new tracks, vocalist and guitarist Ray Carlisle said:

“People who are familiar with our band are not going to listen this and think ‘They’ve really gone a new direction with this.’ We’ve always stuck with the same style of tunes…There’s always a few “off the beaten path” type songs. Overall, this record is us taking what we’ve always done, and adding in some tricks we’ve learned over the years.”

You heard it right from the horse’s mouth, folks. It’s the same TBR that you know and love, with a little bit of spice thrown in to keep it new without getting too out there. No surprise for a band with a track record of consistently besting their last release for over ten years now.

So, what’s next for this quartet of Wyoming weirdos? Well, you can expect extensive worldwide touring, relentless live shows including festival appearances, all accompanied by that small town charm and courtesy that can’t be taught. I mean, these guys have never punched any women, on or off stage. I don’t know why I’m even bringing that up, but it’s true. Yup.

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Wonk in Leeds with THE FRANCEENS

wonk and franceens Leeds

Please Note Venue and date change…Thats now Friday 7th August at Bad Apples, Leeds. 4 amazing bands for a bluey (suggested donation) and I suggest you pay more if you want, its all for the bands and Skatepal.
WONK UNITThe FranceensThe Krayons and Nosebleed
You know how awesome this is going to be?
MASSIVELY AWESOME
We will also be trying to raise some funds for the charity SkatePal who build skateparks in Palestine dontcha know?
So please come down and enjoy a summer evening of pleasure with all of these lovely “entertainers”
Je ‘mappelle Alex and I thank you in advance.

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Wonk Unit Supporting Teenage Bottlerocket in Bristol

teenage bottlerocket official

Wonk Unit continue to support Teenage Bottlerocket on their UK tour, with a gig at the Exchange in Bristol.

Room: Main Room
Entry Requirements: 14+ (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)

Teenage Bottlerocket
https://www.facebook.com/teenagebottlerocketofficial

Formed by twin brothers Ray and Brandon Carlisle, following the dissolution of their previous band, Homeless Wonders, in 2000. Their music is heavily influenced by co-singer/guitarist Kody Templeman’s other band, The Lillingtons, and punk rock acts such as Screeching Weasel, The Ramones, Bouncing Souls, and Misfits. In 2012 the band signed to Fat Wreck Chords and toured with bands including NOFX and Descendents.

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