HFStival Big Break: Past Winners

2004 – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Voodoo Blue[/lastfm]

Voodoo Blue has the bittersweet distinction of being the last Big Break winner to open an HFStival at RFK Stadium, opening a Main Stage lineup that closed with heavyweights like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jay-Z[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Cure[/lastfm].

2005 – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gold Mind Squad[/lastfm]

After we got kicked off of 99.1 and came back on in Baltimore at 105.7, these guys got to open the first HFStival in Baltimore in six years. They’re another Big Break winner that didn’t stick with their name, as they decided to become known as [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Havok in Hollywood[/lastfm] shortly afterward.

2006 – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]All Time Low[/lastfm]

Of all the bands that won the Big Break, these guys have garnered the most success, as they’re now played on pop stations all over the country. Are they the next Good Charlotte?

2007 - [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]aFREUDIANSLIP[/lastfm]

These guys had the unfortunate distiction of winning the Big Break, but never getting the chance to open an HFStival…since there didn’t end up being an HFStival 2007.

2010 – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]FunkMnkyz[/lastfm]

The HFStival returned in 2010 after a four-year hiatus, and this rap-rock band from Northern Virginia earned the right to open the main stage.


2011 – Black Alley

The most recent local band to open an HFStival was this year’s Black Alley, who surprised the crowd with a cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” during the Big Break Finals at the 9:30 Club.

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