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Fest Preview: toyGuitar Talks About a Halloween Costume Debacle, Forever Fest Flu, & More

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We’re mere days away from the biggest punk fest that the US has to offer. The Fest in Gainesville starts at the end of this week (or Wednesday if you’re partying with us in Tampa at Pre-Fest). In preparation, we talked with Jack of toyGuitar and Dead to Me about a Halloween costume gone wrong, his “To See” list, eternal sickness, and more.

toyGuitar will be playing Pre-Fest at Crowbar on Thursday, October 26th at 4:20PM and playing at The Wolly at Fest on Sunday, October 29th at 4:20PM. It’s like they planned those start times or something…

Kendra Sheetz

How many years have you played or gone to Fest?

I played Fest in 2008 with Dead To Me, 2016 with DTM and toyGuitar, and now this year with toyGuitar again.

Kendra Sheetz

What is your favorite Fest memory?

Every Fest is a great memory for me. Getting to hang out with friends who travel from all over the world to Fest is incredible. I usually would never get to see all of them together in one place.

Kendra Sheetz

What is your favorite restaurant or type of food to eat either in Gainesville or in traveling to Fest?

The Top.

Kendra Sheetz

What bands are on your “To See” list this year?

A Giant Dog, Vacation, Sweet Reaper, AM!, and Superchunk. I know not all of them are playing Fest, but that’s who’s on my “To See” list.

Kendra Sheetz

Even though Fest does not fall on Halloween this year, will you be wearing a costume? If so, what?

Nope. Never. I dressed up as an elf once, like a dungeons and dragons kinda elf..and some people threw eggs at me. I’m scared.

Kendra Sheetz

What cover sets are you stoked to see?

I don’t know. If there’s a band that covers Big Drill Car songs, I’d be stoked to see that.

Kendra Sheetz

Do you have a Fest tattoo?


Kendra Sheetz

Have you ever done a shoey?

Drinking beer out of someone’s disgusting tuna boats?! No.

Kendra Sheetz

How you prepare for getting and deal with having that terrible post-Fest Flu?

I dunno. I’m always sick. I’m sick now. I wouldn’t be able to tell. I’ve just gotten used to traveling/touring like that.

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