The skies cleared and left behind a gorgeous day for festival goers. Someone defiled the FFF porta-potty photo booth. Hence, it became a feature of the skyline. The grounds recovered from the rain of the previous days; the landscaping tweaks certainly seemed to work and the layout changes prevented most potential destruction from stomping boots. I was pretty stoked for the weather change as Sunday was the most complete day of old and new, jams and oddities.
We have on tap photos from sets by Golden Dawn Arkestra, Title Fight, Alvvays, Growlers, Chromeo, Future Islands, Ms. Hill and more…
Senores y Senoras, nosotros tenemos mas influencia sobre sus hijos que tienes, pero los queremos. Creado y regalo de Los Angeles, Juana’s Adiccion…
Park and Rec Strikes Back – The rains came down after the festing on Friday. There was a bit of standing water remaining and a few potential sinkholes that the city needed to be covered up by mulch before the doors could open. We were allowed in to take refuge from the gathering masses. 1:20pm, was the new start time. Early bands unfortunately did not get to perform, mainly for me I was disappointed to see A Giant Dog with the downtown backdrop. Oh well, I got to lurk during their KUTX recording session and we had quite a bit of jams to fill that void. Shots of Jane’s Addiction, Joanna Gruesome, Ride, Charlatans UK, Fuzz and more after the break…
Let’s get the photo party started. You may have already read our thoughts on the fest along with our interviews (more still coming, allegedly).
Friday, we dodged a bullet. The weather held out for the most part and we were able to stay fashionable in the face of volatile moisture levels. We all were able to dance and mill about, an occasional sprinkle to chill us out. Click through to get shots of Viet Cong, Toro Y Moi, Peaches, Parquet Courts, Cheap Trick, CHVRCHES and more.
There was a lot of talk this year comparing Fun Fun Fun Fest to ACL this. Perhaps it is the proximity with the second weekend, perhaps the tenth anniversary. FFFX returned to it’s original home with a few tweaks to the layout to accommodate demands by Parks and Recreation department. I understand the city wants to protect the competing interests investments, but without events like FFF, this land is kind of under-loved. Let’s get through to the thoughts from our team that had boots on the ground and away from the grounds, too.
I know it’s a little hard to believe that Fun Fest is somehow going down this weekend. It seems like we just recovered for a festival and now we have more fun to be had. ATH will be ready of course with our previews (check out some from last week), interviews, and general advice for the weekend. Our first interview of the years comes from up and coming locals Future Death. We’re big fans of the band so imagine the excitement when they agreed to answer some of our ridiculous questions. Follow the jump for more.
…including the Nites.
We finally know what times we’ll lose track of our friends at Auditorium Shores this year. The full schedule is now available over at the Fun Fun Fun Fest website and on the app. You need to get over and take a look. Cheap Trick followed by CHVRCHES seems like a pretty cool back-to-back blanket sit down session at the Orange stage. Grimes and then Wu Tang? L7 to Venom? All good dance-through, sweat-through, party-through scenarios.
Here is an example where the folks over at Transmission Events really shine: creative and exciting problem solving. After last year’s wristband pickup snafu, Fun Fun Fun Fest have come up with an awesome way to thwart long lines as well as celebrate ten great years of Fest. Enter The Funderdome, a way in which to not only pick or purchase tickets/wristbands, but to have a kick ass time while doing so, enjoying nightly programming that will surely be fun fun fun. The Funderdome, located here promises to take the hassle out of waiting in lines to bring you the fest early. Check out the night by night breakdown below and get more information here.
I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a discount to a festival to make it easier
…and military types, too!
Go here to buy tickets and you have to be legit. They will ask for your student or military IDs to pick up your tix, but it is a good deal, so get on it. Snap to it, two per order and limited number available.
It’s well known around these parts that our beloved music scene in Austin is ever changing, and though some may go into panic mode, we here at ATH understand that change is all part of the industry. With that said, I’m sure many of you have heard the sad news about the closing of prized venue Red 7 come this September. While we mourn the loss of one of our favorite venues in town, let us rejoice in the news of a new venue in the Red River District. The newly crowned Sidewinder will open in October, shortly after the closing of Red 7, and will occupy a totally revamped and remodeled space formerly known as Red Eyed Fly. With all the creative minds on the list of those involved, this is definitely something to be excited about. The Chronicle was one of the first to break the news.
With all the craziness currently going on in and around Red River (Cheer Ups rock wall, closing of Holy Mountain/Red 7, new venues, etc.) it seemed like a great time to speak with someone in the know. Step in Transmission Events founder Graham Williams. We sent Graham a few questions about his new venue and the current state of the live scene in Austin. He has a lot to say and any real music fan in town should take his thoughts into consideration. After the jump you can get his thoughts.
Big update out of our friends over at Fun Fun Fun Fest for the 2015 party on Auditorium Shores.
Notables, Tig Notaro is the headliner of the Comedy fest, but we also have a few eyebrow raising names and events:
Twerking Lessons with Big Freedia
Cheap Trick, Coheed and Cambria and Chvrches are on Friday. Wu Tang, Jane’s Addiction and RIDE on Saturday. D’Angelo, Chromeo, Venom and Future Island are on Sunday.
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