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The Avenue | Music

From ballads to bangers, audience members dance to Taylor Swift's discography at the High Dive on Thursday, June 6, 2023.

Swifties ‘enchanted’ with “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)”

When the High Dive doors opened July 6, people ran to jump, twirl and scream to the music as multi-colored strobe lights pierced through the smoke. About 100 Swifties of all different levels of devotion came to High Dive on the eve of the “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” release to celebrate the re-release of the 2010 album. The entire night, the venue played songs from Swift’s discography. 

Attendees chant and sing during Strike Anywhere’s set at Bo Diddley Plaza on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.

Gainesville FEST musical festival celebrates 20th anniversary

FEST, the three-day, multi-venue event, celebrated its 20th anniversary Oct. 28-30. Performances were scattered across a variety of downtown Gainesville locations — with music venues like Heartwood Soundstage, bars like The Bull and other local establishments featuring lineups of punk rock, pop-punk and other musical genres — drawing in crowds from across the country.   


From classroom to stage, UF students, alum work tirelessly to make music a reality

Gainesville’s local music scene is filled with UF students and alum who are juggling a full course load, work and aspiring music careers. Aside from balancing different responsibilities, college musicians also grapple with the business aspect of their craft — creating digital advertisements, promoting social media content, finding venues for performances and handling music production. Essentially, they become their own manager, publicist and producer. 

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