That loud thud you heard yesterday was not an early arriving summer thunderstorm but the sound of jaws across Florida dropping when Gainesville's The Fest 13 announced that the massively influential Melvins will be appearing at their blownout punk weekend this October.
Melvins will join more than 250 bands at the Fest, including Descendents, a Mineral reunion show, a 20-year anniversary show for Hot Water Music and all the familiar faces you likely remember from even the earliest iterations of this Florida Halloween weekend staple. This year's Fest is Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 and also sees Gatorface reuniting and the latest project from former Discount guitarist (Florida native and Monikers frontman) Ryan Seagrist, Young Ladies (also with members from Tunnel, Bridge and Latterman). Last month Vice premiered Young Ladies' music video for "Head Back Home" (very fitting with the Fest announcements):
Then, of course, there's pre-Fest in Ybor (Oct. 29-30), featuring Mikey Erg, Kepi Ghoulie, Laura Stevenson, Less Than Jake, Cheap Girls (who play Backbooth June 7), Pup, Screaming Females and a bunch more.
Basically, if you have any intentions of making it to pre-Fest or Fest this year, you better figure out tickets ASAP, cuz you'd have to be a senile animal to miss out on so much impossible-to-anticipate goodness.