As the sun sets on another music festival season, the last glimmers of light shine bright in Austin, Texas. They just finished up two weekends of ACL which most people think of as the last gasp of summer, but not. so. fast…In just under a month, the stages will go up again for Fun Fun Fun Fest! Now in its tenth year, FFF avoids the unnecessary heat by waiting until early November. It’s perfect for folks coming from out of town because it’s already hitting temps in the 40’s and 50’s across the country-I know I’ll be ready for some sunshine by the time it comes along.
The Fun (x3) team has done a smashing job programming a diverse lineup featuring some of the best in rock, punk, rap, rhythm & blues, and even comedy. Honestly as a comedy fan their lineup in just that area is enough to pique my interest. They’ve got Eugene Mirman, Tig Notaro, Kurt Braunohler, Todd Barry, Doug Benson, Eric Andre and much more! Those are all on the Yellow Stage, which will also feature performances from artists like GZA from Wu-Tang.
The fest hits a lot of sweet spots for me and, I would imagine, a lot of music fans. Headliners include D’Angelo & The Vanguard, Chvrches, Wu-Tang, Schoolboy Q, Gogol Bordello, etc. They’ve got Jane’s Addiction doing Ritual de lo Habitual in it’s entirety, Cheap Trick, Venom playing their only show in the US, Parquet Courts and Desaparecidos.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. I haven’t even mentioned the FFF Nites program-a series of aftershows that are FREE for wristband holders. Some of these are bands also playing the fest, but a lot are aftershow only. They keep a lot of Austin talent in the mix, but there’s plenty for the anti-Texan to enjoy: Andrew W.K. solo, Giraffage, Har Mar Superstar, and Pity Sex just to name a few.
You can see the full lineup and get tickets on Fun Fun Fun Fest’s website. Or download their fun festival app (it’s better than most). Come say hi if you see us down there! I’ll be the one laughing uncontrollably at Eugene Mirman.
Here’s a playlist I made to get you in the mood for some fun (fun fun).