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Fest Preview: Western Addiction Shares Words of Wisdom & Best Fest Memories

Is that something that happens late at night after everyone's hopped up on D-eu4ia?

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 chatted with Western Addiction‘s Chad Williams about past sets, the best bands to see, and shares some wisdom on how to handle the dreaded Fest Flu.

Western Addiction will be playing Pre-Fest at Crowbar on Thursday, October 26th at 3:30PM and playing at the High Dive at Fest on Saturday, October 28th at 4:00PM.

Kendra Sheetz

How many years have you played or gone to Fest?

Western Addiction

I’ve been to Fest four times, but this is the first time playing.

Kendra Sheetz

What is your favorite Fest memory?

Western Addiction

If they played, the highlight was always D4’s set. I think the biggest highlight for me was a Dead To Me secret show where they played in the middle of the crowd. That was 2009.

Kendra Sheetz

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

Western Addiction

Some southern barbecue is always good. People love the Reggae Shack, but I’d advise against that. That level of spice in your gut over the weekend, mixing with all the cheap beer, maybe isn’t the best idea.

Kendra Sheetz

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

Western Addiction

Iron Reagan, Career Suicide, Against Me!, The Lillingtons, Tim Barry.

Kendra Sheetz

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

Western Addiction

If not having beards or cut-off jean shorts counts, then yes, we’re wearing costumes. The best costume I ever saw was Richard from New Mexican Disaster Squad/ No Friends/ None More Black dressed as Rollie Fingers, complete with perfect baseball uniform and incredible curly mustache.

Kendra Sheetz

What cover sets are you stoked to see?

Western Addiction

Is there really going to be a Third Eye Blind cover set? That’s embarrassing. This mixing of ’90s alternative and punk rock is unsettling. I’d check the Stones cover set.

Kendra Sheetz

Do you have a Fest tattoo?

Western Addiction

Um, no. Is that something that happens late at night after everyone’s hopped up on D-eu4ia?

Kendra Sheetz

Have you ever done a shoey?

Western Addiction

If that means drinking out of a shoe, then no. And no thanks, I’ll pass.

Kendra Sheetz

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

Western Addiction

You mean Festaids? FeSTDs? Prevent it with some solid sack time, eating some healthy food, mixing in water between PBRs, and no sharing of coozies. If you get it, you’re screwed. You just have a miserable flight home and week long recovery. But have fun!

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