UPDATED: Is More Free Press Summer Fest a Good Idea?
Earlier this week Free Press Summer Fest posted a video beseeching everyone who has enjoyed the two-day festival over the past five years to contact their City Council representative and encourage him or her to extend the event's running time (two hours on Saturday, one on Sunday) and explore the feasibility of adding a third day.
On the surface it seems simple. FPSF has been phenomenally successful almost from the beginning, reportedly bringing millions of dollars into the city and earning a reputation as a first-rate festival well beyond Houston. But especially in light of the substantial price increase attached to FPSF's recent blind presale, some critics are starting to wonder if its reach is beginning to exceed its grasp. So Rocks Off asked our writers to consider this possible expansion from all sides, and tell us what a three-day FSPF might look like -- and what it might mean.
If I went to Star Pizza this afternoon and a sign posted near the buffet explained its hours were being extended, I'd grab six plates and plan to stay awhile. I love all pizza, but especially Houston's own Star Pizza. So long as the proprietors didn't raise the price of the buffet to an unreasonable amount, something so costly that the average Houston pizza lover could never afford a taste of their intoxicating offerings, what's there to gripe about?
Photo by Marco Torres
FPSF is Houston's musical pizza. It boasts lots of locally grown and some imported tasty ingredients. It's getting better all the time and, as we all know, it's served hellishly hot. As long as Houston music fans aren't gouged, sure, I'll take another slice. JESSE SENDEJAS JR.
Keep it short. Keep it simple. I don't know about any of my colleagues, but these festivals are exhausting enough as it is to me. Fine, let's add a few extra hours on the days that we already have, but an extra day? It's only a matter of time before there's an extra weekend too ala Coachella and ACL. I'm going to be the curmudgeon who just wants two really great days.
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I can't see anything truly awesome coming of adding a third day; it seems like it would only serve to spread the awesomeness around and dilute it. COREY DEITERMAN
I love the idea of a third day of FPSF because I think the festival has a LOT of potential for growth with both revival artists, current artists and up-and-coming artists. But under one condition -- move the fucking thing to MAY. People can barely handle two days of 100-degree heat as it is. And the organizers wants to subject them to a third? BRITTANIE SHEY
If FPSF wants to continue on the momentum they've been on for the past two years, then expansion is necessary. It's not like other festivals that decide to spread themselves out over different locations. The only complaint would be everybody who has to deal with Allen Parkway coming home on the night they've chosen. But who cares about traffic when it comes to money, right? BRANDON CALDWELL
Photo by Marco Torres
FPSF should absolutely add a third day. Sure, it will jack up prices, and sure, people are going to kvetch about it, like they wouldn't be kvetching about something to do with FPSF anyway. But one less thing to bitch about? A third day of the fest would surely add more variety of acts.
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Last year, I felt there was a great assortment of hip-hop, rock, punk, local, soul, you name it. But of COURSE, as people are wont to do, naysayers griped about how FPSF acts did not offer them the lollapalooza of options they would prefer (pun intended). Adding a third day would only increase the diversity of acts... and if you still can't find variety (or someone to like) in three full days of a festival, you should probably ask yourself why you are so effing hard to please. SELENA DIERINGER
More answers on the next page.