Thursday, November 1, 2012
Fun Fun Fun Fest is worth the road trip to Austin
In addition to big-name reunion sets, go to hear exciting local acts.
There’s only one reason to be excited about the end of Halloween -- it’s time for Fun Fun Fun Fest. This annual, outdoor festival is held at Auditorium Shores in Austin. If SXSW wanted to be more like ACL, you'd have Fun Fun Fun Fest.
There are three musical stages and one stage for everything else: standup comedy, off the wall acts like air sex champions, and a veggie hot dog eating contest. This year, the Dallas-Fort Worth area can boast about the hearty handful of local acts on the lineup. We picked some of the can’t-miss headliners across all three stages to help you make the most out of this year’s festival.
Run DMC is headlining the blue stage where the beats and bass drop, which is a chance of a lifetime. Also make sure to check out A$AP Rocky and the heavy beats of Araabmuzik; both are guaranteed to get you out of your lawn chair, head bobbing. The orange stage will slow the party down and bring out your inner hipster (if it wasn’t already out) with everything from indie rock to acoustic folk sets. Our bets are on the awesomely instrumental Explosions in the Sky, the folksy Head and the Heart, and hypnotic songstress Sharon Van Etten.
All things destructive and in your face will be going down on the black stage – this is what Warped Tour should look like, but doesn’t. The long-awaited reunion of Swedish rockers Refused should be on the top of your list. (No one thought a reunion from this '90s hardcore group would ever come to fruition, and you shouldn't skip it.) Canadian rockers Fucked Up will also deliver a raging set full of stage dives, screaming vocals, and maybe even a flute solo.
Now as for our local friends, this year’s lineup represents the DFW better than it has in recent years, with a good balance of genres and styles. Astronautalis, who is based in Minnesota but graduated from college in Dallas and admits his soft spot for Big D, will show off his rapid-fire flow on Friday afternoon on the blue stage. Rap duo A.Dd+ hits the blue stage on Sunday afternoon with their street-worthy beats. Denton’s own Riverboat Gamblers take over the black stage on Saturday. This is punk rock: Wiebe shrugs off broken bones and bloody noses like they’re an everyday work hazard. Last but not least, Dallas’ Power Trip represents the local metal scene on the black stage on Saturday.
Don’t forget your trendy sunglasses, a flask, and walking shoes for this year’s FFF Fest. Bring us back a Mighty Cone, please.