Its the most wonderful timeeeee of the yearrrrr… for music festivals in Texas! While the 112 degree heat might not be hinting toward fall, the festival after festival of amazing music in and around Austin sure is.
Dia De Los Toadies just kicked off this “fall” festival season over the weekend with the fourth annual fest held down in New Braunfels. The line up featured The Toadies, of course, The Sword, The Black Angels, Quiet Company, and good handful of other local talents. I heard the attendance was good and the sets were even better. I’m not sure I would have been able to handful that heat, even for the sweet, sweet sounds of The Toadies.
Next up for Austin is The Wild Frontier Festival at Emo’s Austin on September 10th and 11th. This fest is in its second year and is boasting headliners such as Wavves, The Octopus Project, White Denim, and Peelander-Z. The support acts are exceptionally impressive for the cheap ticket price. To see more of the line up and pick up your tickets, click here. I will definitely be at this one, so come say hey!
Of course the weekend after Wild Frontier is the oh-so-loved Austin City Limits festival. Everyone knows about this. Everyone knows who is playing. I am not going. I am too poor. Everyone goes to ACL because its ACL. It is what it is.
Instead of ACL, I’d like to talk about Ditch the Fest Fest going on that same weekend at 4 awesome venues down town. Club Deville, Cheer Up Charlies, The Beauty Bar, and Red 7 are hosting this year’s event. Unfortunately its not free this time around but for $5 you can get a wristband that will get you in to every club, so who cares! The line up is entirely local which makes this perfect for the Austinite who harbors a deep hatred for ACL, or anything mainstream. Check out details here.
After a small break, the next festival up at bat is Utopia Fest down in Utopia, Texas (Utopia is around a 3 hour drive from down town Austin). October 14th and 15th, this small town will turn into a yoga fanatic’s/hippie’s/hipster’s/music lover’s little paradise. Music isn’t the only focus of this festival but it definitely is an impressive line up! Headliners are Blitzen Trapper, Keller Williams, Dawes, and Grupo Fantasmo. The support bands include some locals, but I’m personally excited to see my buddies in The Giving Tree Band again! (Remember by interview with the super talented Todd Fink? No? Here it is.) Local artists will have booths, hiking excursions will happen, and every ticket includes camping on site. I am not much of a camper and will be sleeping in my car but I am pretty excited about what seems to be a really nice escape on a fall weekend in the hill country of central Texas. Get more info on tickets (only 1500 available!) and the line up here.
Though not in Texas, and is a good 10 hours away, The Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans is definitely worth mentioning. Hosted on the weekend before Halloween, the festival offers a three day weekend pass at an affordable $150. I say affordable because the line up is pretty impressive in my opinion. Mentionables include Soundgarden, Blink 182, The Racounteurs, Snoop Dogg, Girl Talk, TV on the Radio, Social Distortion, The Wombats, Portugal the Man, and Mates of State. Really? Yes. I won’t go into too much detail since its such a nice drive, but if you need more info, click away.
Last but not least is the much talked about Fun Fun Fun Fest. November 4th-6th is going to be a damn good time down at Auditorium Shores. Not only is the line up incredible, but the way this festival markets itself just makes me want to go. Every year it seems to get better but the headliners this time around boast Spoon, Passion Pit, and Lykke Li on the Orange Stage, Slayer and The Damned on the Black Stage, Henry Rollins and Reggie Watts on the Yellow Stage, and Public Enemy and Odd Future on the Blue Stage. I’m really more excited for the supporting bands (okay yes I love Spoon and am stoked on that) but just over all everything looks awesome. Right now, three day passes are available for $135 and starting September 1st, single day passes will be available for $55 a piece. As if you need more convincing, but if you, here.
So if you were thinking that you had nothing to do this fall, think again. Your ears and wallet will be very busy this season if you know whats good for you!