Gateway to the West Fest, a St. Louis-based hardcore punk festival that traces its roots all the way back to 2005, will return this year after a two-year absence.
The festival was founded in 2005 by local hardcore promoter Adam "the Devastator" Greer. In March 2005, Greer pooled his contacts from years of booking and set up the first installment of the event at south city's American Czech Center. Among the bigger names on the bill were Outbreak, Blood In Blood Out, Blacklisted and This is Hell. Just four months later, in July, a second fest was set up, this time with names such as Modern Life is War, Risky Business, and the Amniotics rounding out the roster. Just one month after that, GTTWF 3 took place — Cast Aside, Down to Nothing, and Nervous Wreck all played. Blacklisted did again, as well.
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