by Daniel Hill
Hardcore fans of St. Louis (well, the Midwest in general really, considering the number of people that travel in for this event) rejoice! The lineup announcement for the sixth Gateway to the West Fest is here, and it is a doozy.
We've written about the fest in the past, and the history remains the same:
Gateway to the West Fest is a St. Louis festival of hardcore punk music that first took place seven years ago at South City's American Czech Center when local hardcore promoter Adam "The Devastator" Greer pooled his contacts from his years of booking shows and brought St. Louis the likes of Outbreak, Blood In Blood Out, Blacklisted, This is Hell and a slew of others. In the six months that followed, Greer tirelessly booked two more fests carrying the name, bringing Modern Life is War, Risky Business, the Amniotics, Cast Aside, Down to Nothing and Nervous Wreck to town and making the summer of 2005 quite a memorable one for St. Louis hardcore fans.
In 2011, after a six year absence, Greer once again brought Gateway to the West Fest to St. Louis. Working in tandem with local tattoo artist / hardcore scene veteran Donna Klein, this incarnation of the fest brought to town No Class, The Killer, Agress, Bent Life, Hardside and about twenty others, and its return was named by RFT Music as one of the biggest music news stories of the year.
In 2012 Klein brought the fest again to Fubar, bringing the likes of Death Threat, Bitter End and Expire, among many others.
The dates for this year's fest will be October 18 and 19. The venue, ticketing info and a handful more bands will be announced on August 15. Also, 100 weekend-only tickets will be available at 3:00 pm at this link.
"Gateway has become one of the only and most-anticipated hardcore fests in the Midwest," Klein says, when asked about this year's event. "The past two years, kids have traveled hours to come out and kick it with us, and each year the we've been going bigger and bigger. This year's definitely got a little bit of everything for everyone and I'm looking forward to the response of the masses."
"Pit to survive!" she adds. Here is a video trailer, featuring footage from years past -- she ain't kidding:
Click through to the next page for this year's lineup, with links to all of the bands.
Yeah, you read right, that's Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting listed there. The broken-up, veteran St. Louis hardcore act will be playing a one-night only reunion for this show. In case you missed the boat when they were together (or lost your copy of the recordings, like I did), you can click the band's name above and download the complete discography, with unreleased tracks. Enjoy, and we'll see you at the show!