What began as an idea several years ago by New Found Glory guitarist and local transplant Chad Gilbert, and finally manifested into an inaugural event last year at The Factory at Franklin’s Liberty Hall, breakfast-themed punk rock and alternative day fest BreakFEST was an absolute blast in its first year, and we’re thrilled to see the event return for year two, hopefully the start of an annual tradition, on June 2!
A novel concept (you can read more about the inspiration and backstory in our interview with Gilbert from last summer) BreakFEST is a great way to bring fans of pop punk, emo, alternative, and everything in between together in the daytime, to enjoy great tunes and great food, and this year’s lineup once again boasts a stellar mix of old and new acts along with a few locals, with New Found Glory, Real Friends, Hawthorne Heights, Mae, The Early November, Microwave, Jetty Bones, H.A.R.D., Love You Later, and Doll Skin all set to perform. Plus, with great local venders like Frothy Monkey, Honest Coffee, Five Daughters, High Brow Coffee, Tiny Little Donuts, Mojo’s Tacos, Juice Bar, Triple Crown Bakery, Muletown Coffee, and Ruby Sunshine all announced as well, the breakfast side of BreakFEST warrants just as much excitement.
To help you get ready for this year’s event, we’ll be highlighting a different performer each day until BreakFEST weekend, with daily Artist Spotlight features (similar to what we’re also doing ahead of Bonnaroo). So, whether you’re checking in on an old favorite or discovering a new one, you’ll arrive ready to rock and prepared to sing along! And finally, for more about all things BreakFEST, including a helpful FAQ section, be sure to check out the event’s website.
BreakFEST is an all ages event, and, as the concept would suggest, it kicks off early, with doors set to open at 8 a.m. You can still get GA tickets for less than $40, or upgrade to $100 VIP, which grants you special balcony seating, a separate bathroom and bar, special entry, and some freebies like a t-shirt and poster. Food and beverage are not included in the price of admission, but there will be a well-curated selection of local goodies that are well worth the cost.
Get your tickets right here if you haven’t already, and keep reading to learn more about the lineup in our BreakFEST Artist Spotlight…
Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, none of the four young women who make up fast rising, hard rocking punk outfit Doll Skin are older than 22, but have, impressively, already released a couple of albums with another on the way, supported acts like Social Distortion and The Dead Kennedys, appeared on the Vans Warped Tour, and have earned national press and particularly long-running regional acclaim. Formed after meeting at the School Of Rock Scottsdale, Doll Skin came together in 2013 as teens, winning a local Rock Revolution battle of the bands competition, which caught the attention of Megadeth bassist and judge David Ellefson, who later approached the group to help guide their career and produce their early work.
Doll Skin’s 2015 debut EP, In Your Face, helped earn broader buzz, and an expanded version, In Your Face (Again), served as something of a de-facto debut LP the following year, catching the attention of national press outlets and earning the group a reputation as an artist to watch. By proper original full-length debut Manic Pixie Dream Girl in 2017, Doll Skin were regularly touring, heralded for their polished fusion of punk, pop punk, and metal, making them a versatile act, and a band with more bite than their brightly colored hair would suggest. Their upcoming new record, Love Is Dead and We Killed Her, due out June 28 though new label home Hopeless Records, was inspired by traumatic and extraordinary personal events, and already seems like the band’s most mature, raw, and dark album to date, but don’t worry, their electrifying live show, forged from years on the road, should bring plenty of levity and excitement. Show up early and see what they’re all about!
LISTEN | “Let’s Be Honest”
WATCH | “Mark My Words” (Official Music Video)