While the majority of Austin’s mainstream crowd recovers from Austin City Limits and begins a sort of hibernation until South by Southwest, the rest of us embrace the cooler temperatures and vibes.
Only a month after ACL and one park over, Fun Fun Fun Fest takes control of central Austin and fills that alternative void.
In my slightly more than two years in Austin, I’ve had the pleasure of attending FFF Fest twice and can wholeheartedly say I’m more excited for my third than I was before ACL a couple of weeks ago.
Don’t get me wrong, the ACL headliners of Disclosure, Deadmau5, and Bassnectar should give shivers to 99 percent of you; they were all outshone by the electronic act, GRiZ. And oh baby was GRiZ good. But if you’re like me, you want your lineup to feature sounds that cross the gambit.
FFF Fest stays ahead of the curve by featuring rising artists, classic bands, and currently touring fan favorites like ODESZA – whose set to help close down Backwoods Music Festival over Labor Day Weekend was one of the most beautiful things we had ever seen or heard.
The Blue Stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest will be hosting the big electronic acts all weekend, such as MSTRKRFT and Gesaffelstein. MSTRKFT has always done a great job of rounding up large Texas crowds – while the dark techno style of ‘Gesaf’ will bring out a more “in-the-know” audience.
Continuing to run with the theme of musical variety, FFF Fest will showcase two of the most forward thinking and talented producers right now: Hudson Mohawk and Lido. While both have that downtempo feel, Glasgow’s own HudMo knows exactly how to get a crowd moving some heavy trap notes and experimental sounds.
And from here it’s not all CDJ’s and drum pads, as Livetronica plays a major factor in the lineup. Fun Fun Fun Fest also gets the funk down with Chromeo, swoons with Neon Indian, and slows down with Toro Y Moi.
Bringing it all together is the rest of the lineup that follows the same (different) trend. Plan for your teenage angst years to reemerge when Coheed and Cambria, Babes in Toyland, and Converge all take the aptly named “Black Stage.”
Those who want to dial it back can bounce over to Grimes, CHVRCHES, and Future Islands. And Hip Hop heads will lose it when the always hype Rae Sremmurd, the godfathers Wu-Tang Clan and Afrika Bambaataa start spitting.
Not only is there killer music, there’s a skate park right in the middle of it all. Sponsored by Volcom, it brings big names such as Ryan Sheckler, Grant Taylor, and Chase Hawk. And finally, there is a “Comedy Stage” that features the likes of Doug Benson, Eric Andre, Andrew W.K. motivational speaking, GZA explaining the science of Hip Hop, and the ever popular, Big Freedia’s Twerk Lessons. It’s all in a day’s work at Fun Fun Fun Fest.
Nope, wait, there’s more.
“The Nites Are Free!” means you get to experience some of downtown Austin’s best venues after the fest for free. Not only do HudMo and Lido rock a show after their festival sets, Toro Y Moi and Anamanaguchi get in on the fun with DJ sets. Scroll towards the bottom for the full list of FFF Nites acts.
Any time you can spend in a park away from the Austin crowds – while it’s not burning hot nor freezing cold – is a win in my book. Combine that with great tunes, good vibes, and better people – and you’ve got an absolute goldmine. Fun Fun Fun Fest does the inner city festival right and you get to do it with a belly full of Shiner Cheer to bring in the holidays.
Head over to FunFunFunFest‘s website to purchase weekend passes and see the full artist schedule. The FFF Fest app is also now available on the iTunes and Google Play stores and remember to connect with FFF Fest on social media at @FunFunFunFest.