That actually kinda surprises me. Gaslight doesn't strike me as the kind of band that does it for the money. Given how important the 'orgcore' community was in launching them off the ground you'd think they'd relish the chance to get back a little.
But its their band not mine. If they don't wanna play no one should force 'em to =P
There was a thread on the Fest board last year where people were talking about Gaslight playing, and either Tony or PJ wrote this whole thing about how Fest can't afford to pay bands a ton and how the big bands that play don't get as much money as they would elsewhere, etc etc. Then followed that up with "Gaslight will not be playing Fest this year".
edit: found it
I reckon there's a good chance that one of the mystery bands will be Gaslight Anthem if they're not already on tour somewhere else at the time. Remember reading something, somewhere that they've asked to play since they played before but No Idea had to turn them down mainly due to how big they had become I think was the reason given.
Ok. I feel like I need to step in on this one.
"No Idea" doesn't choose who plays.
No Idea Records / The Fest = 2 different things.
We would never turn anyone down for "how big they had become". Some bands' booking agents want more money for the band to play then we can afford. A lot of the times, the band members themselves have little to do with these negotiations. If a band wants too much money then we just can't afford to have them.
Gaslight Anthem will not be playing the Fest 10.