Gainesville Rock City

The Guide to Getting BIG

High Dive

Although formerly known as Common Grounds Live and Double Down Live, one thing hasn't changed - you can count on 210 SW 2nd Live keeping downtown Gainesville rocking every night of the week. The venue can welcome up to 300 music fans inside and about another 100-150 outside on the deck. Providing video games, two full-service bars and one of the largest, most extensive and highest quality sound systems, High Dive sees the likes of tons of local and national acts all year round from every genre under the sun.

Who to Contact: Glory Days Presents! is the talent buying company that books for the venue. Email to inquire about a show.

F.Y.I.: Visit High Dive's Facebook Page.

The Florida Theater

Gainesville's oldest and most historic music venue is located on University Ave., and according to many, is the "place to play." Only the biggest acts grace the venue's wide proscenium stage, and the venue only sees the brightest and most elaborate shows. The venue has acoustics, reverb and production capacity that is relatively unmatched with all other Gainesville music venues. Brandi Carlile, Portugal the Man, Willie Nelon, Sleigh Bells and many more major acts have come through Gainesville to play the renowned theater.

Who to Contact: The venue books by telephone. Call (352) 345-5940.

F.Y.I.: The Florida Theater can be also be accessed through its Facebook page.

The Stephen C. O'Connell Center

In terms of size, the Stephen C. O-Connell center is the largest venue in Gainesville, FL. The sports venue, swimming pool and gym also acts as a concert stadium, and at any given point, the venue can hold up to 20,000 people. The center is better known as the "O'Dome," and it is located right in the heart of the University of Florida campus. In the past, its stage has seen the likes of Bob Dylan, Sister Hazel, Slightly Stoopid, Drake, Passion Pit and many more. Bleacher seating is the primary layout, however there is a floor seating for every major show that hugs the rim of the stage.

Who to Contact: UF's SGP Music and Entertainment handles all of the booking for the venue.

F.Y.I.: The Stephen C. O'Connell Center's official website and Facebook Page.


If we're talking punk and gritty, grungy rock, Gainesville, FL., is more of a Mecca for the genre than you'd expect. ACRs can thank 1982 for fostering that kingdom. The all-ages music venue has a full list of local and regional acts every night of the week, including comedy shows, karaoke, themed events and other varied entertainment. The medium-sized venue offers up a full-service bar and a free video game arcade equipped with a Sega Genesis, a Nintendo and two Super Nintendos. 1982 is a focal point for Gainesville's legendary punk collective, FEST, that happens every October.

Who to Contact: For general inquiries, visit 1982's submission form online. For booking, email

F.Y.I.: 1982's official website and Facebook Page.

The Atlantic

The Atlantic is located in the hipper than hip corner of downtown Gainesville. It's surrounded by the TOP, the newly opened Arrow's Aim Records and the Eclectic Vintage Company, making it an indie epicenter. The venue/bar is small, housing no more than 200-300 music fans, but it is home of the up-and-coming, strictly offering up the best in local and developing talent. When it isn't spotlighting Gainesville's growing indie/pop/rock music talent, it's hosting some killer '90s video parties and electronic dance nights.

Who to Contact: Direct all show bookings by emailing

F.Y.I.: The Atlantic has an official website and Facebook Page.