UPDATED: Free Press Summer Fest Wants Longer Hours, Possibly Another Day

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Longer hours and an extra day would mean more outfits like this, we suppose.
UPDATE (Monday, 1:15 p.m.:): adds comments from FPSF's Omar Afra.

Free Press Summer Festival has decided it wants to grow.

Earlier today, the popular Houston outdoor music festival -- which drew an estimated 81,000 people to Eleanor Tinsley Park this past June, the first sellout in its five-year history -- posted a video urging fans to email their City Council representative asking their blessing on extending the FPSF curfew, and "possibly an extra day."

"More hours means more jobs to our local economy," the video says. "To that end, Free Press Summer Fest is looking to help bolster the local economy and bring our audience an even more diverse lineup and less congestion, and to create more jobs, more revenue and more visitors to the city."

The video cites many of the findings of the economic impact study FPSF commissioned last year from the University of Houston, which reported that the event added some $14 million to Houston's coffers. Though it's hard to imagine how many more jobs would be added if the hours were extended (people would presumably just work longer shifts), adding a third day would almost certainly increase demand for more positions.

Specifically, the video says, FPSF is asking for the same kind of extension stadiums enjoy, which allows them to extend their cutoff time past 10 p.m. while events are taking place. FPSF wants a two-hour extension from 10 p.m.-midnight the evening of Saturday, May 31, and one hour from 10-11 p.m. on Sunday, June 1., "as well as possibly adding an extra day to the festival." (Our old ass asks, isn't everyone already going to be exhausted by 10 p.m.?)

But there's the rub. To us, it doesn't seem like extending the hours would be much of an issue, but adding an extra day could well be. Or maybe not. FPSF already shuts down Allen Parkway the Friday before to build out the festival, a significant part of which festival takes place on Allen Parkway itself. And many of the downtown parking lots now used by festivalgoers would be clearing out -- or on their way -- of downtown commuters by the later start time FPSF organizers propose.

"Naturally, a Friday addition would begin later in the day, about the time those lots start clearing up," says FPSF co-founder and producer Omar Afra. "May consider a large park and ride as well..."

But demand for the festival only seems to be increasing with each passing year. You tell us, folks -- are you cool with longer hours? Do you want to see another day of FPSF? Or is two enough?


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Joshua Adam Hunt
Joshua Adam Hunt

We don't want to be " locked " in the fest with no re-entry. Why were we not made aware of this until we arrived at the gates ? Seems like a monopoly to me. Forcing people to stay at the fest in "June" is not cool. Speaking of June "hottest month of the year", why not a cooler month so we can avoid exhaustion ? Maybe more port o cans so it doesn't take an hour + to pee. Don't oversell the event as we feel like a heard of cattle. Ticket prices have increased tremendously over the years, why ? The first few years were nice, why ruin it for everyone. Focus on what festival goers want/need, then we can talk about another day.

Alexandra Earle
Alexandra Earle

And we want cheaper tickets . The price jump from year to year is crazy .

ramblinhamblin
ramblinhamblin

I'm always ready to leave by about 10PM after balling all day in the blazing sun, but if those playas want to keep it going longer, that is trill with me. Downside will likely be pricer tickets, upside could be more and bigger acts. Love me some Summerfest either way!

H_e_x
H_e_x

I don't know, if it was extended I can see prices at least doubling. Consolidate before you expand, and no more white girl "rappers," that shit was embarrassing.

superfluousyou
superfluousyou

Allen Parkway gets shut down all the time for various events. What's one more day?

To everyone hating on the "summer" part of Summerfest: ughh just shut up already. If it's so miserable for you, just don't go. It sold out and will continue to sell out so I think they're doing just fine without you. And now there's the NYE event, so there. Or will you start whining about the harsh winter?

Omar & co are building a great scene and I've got loads of appreciation and respect for them. They are building something out of nothing. Remember when you used to hear about your favorite bands going on tour and passing Houston up? Well now they're coming and I for one love that.

Looking forward to fpsf 2014, cold beer, WATER, and those sweet air conditioned tents.

RebelYellTexan
RebelYellTexan

Change it to Free Press Winterfest, and I'll give you all of my money. ALL OF IT. 

joann.lemaster.jordan
joann.lemaster.jordan

The festival really needs to be split into two weekends with a limited number of tickets sold each weekend - historically this is a great festival but last year was just plain miserable due to the number of people - we could not see or enjoy the acts and left early each day. We attended ACL this year, which is split into two weekends now, and we were able to enjoy and find a good spot for every act we wanted to see. Three days could be fine, but if something extra is not done to split or limit the crowd, myself (and many others I've spoken to that attended last year) will not be back in 2014. I'd much rather attend ACL, even if it means traveling out of town.

Hannah Ali Drew
Hannah Ali Drew

Two days is good enough, esp as a summer fest in Houston.

James Gomez
James Gomez

I wish this festival took place in the fall.

Joshua Adam Hunt
Joshua Adam Hunt

Why were we not made aware of no re-entry until we arrived ? Monopoly much ?

Stephen Conley
Stephen Conley

Why not two weekends instead? Lots of festivals do that.

Chris Conaton
Chris Conaton

A 3-day festival would go a long way towards justifying the $50 ticket increase over last year's price. Because as of right now I've been priced out of the market. If my $135 gets me 3 days I might think about it. On the other hand, I'm a teacher and #FPSF happens the weekend BEFORE school gets out so I wouldn't be able to attend the bulk of a Friday date, anyway.

Joshua Adam Hunt
Joshua Adam Hunt

How about not lock us in the festival this year and force us to spend all of our $. Also, don't oversell the fest as you can barely breathe. Maybe provide more port o cans so it doesn't take an hour to pee. Why have the fest in the middle of summer and people are literally falling in their face. The fest was rad the first few years, now...... Not so much

Douglas Marquez
Douglas Marquez

can we get Jay Z and Kanye to come, maybe get Wu-Tang to come chill and rap a few bars? 30 Seconds to Mars, All American Rejects or Fall Out Boys. Someone other than my next door neighbor?

Douglas Marquez
Douglas Marquez

No but for real, what are we doing for three days? And who is coming?

Holla Atchyamomma
Holla Atchyamomma

and, please dont cheap out and pull a jack move like FFFFest...USP=NO FREE DRANK/FOOD THIS YEAR..STILL EXPENSIVE AS F***

Douglas Marquez
Douglas Marquez

Sorry, I know I was hating with my last comment. Playing "El Advocate Del Diablo"

Douglas Marquez
Douglas Marquez

I think that is stupid, what tha hell are we going to do at a three day festival!? No, seriously, what? Also, I would like to add, can we get some big name artists for this so called three day festival? Bun B. is not big star status in my book.

MusicTzu
MusicTzu

Not sure why they think extending the hours is a good idea. Most major Urban Festivals (ACL, Lolla, Jazzfest, Voodoo) all shut down by 10pm and do just fine, this allows festival goers the opportunity to go out to clubs, bars and restaurants and spend that money FPSF says they are bringing to Houston. I would rather see an expanded after show program. 

joshgeneric
joshgeneric

yes of course we need another day of music!  extending the hours only makes sense so our city can ball hard like other cities that have tight festivals.  how we gonna ball hard if they don't let us ball?  come on.  ball so hard son!

Hkay
Hkay

Yes! Another day would be great! And Allen Parkway already gets shutdown the Friday before (I unfortunately didn't realize it till I was already in the traffic and had to take a massive detour..) so shutting it down an extra weekday wouldn't be that bad.  This event is great for Houston!

superfluousyou
superfluousyou

Haha this is hiiiilarious. I truly hope this is a joke.

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