UPDATED: Is More Free Press Summer Fest a Good Idea?

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UPDATE (Friday, 5 p.m.): According to Summer Fest's Omar Afra, FPSF prices will not increase if the festival is approved for a third day.

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.

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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?

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.


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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.

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


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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


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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.

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


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Eleanor Tinsley Park

500 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX

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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.

Brady T Holder
Brady T Holder

Kinda wish that summerfest would separate itself from the other hipster festivals around the country and bring in maybe a few of the warped tour bands. Bands like bayside, coheed and cambria and less than jake would be good editions and it hit more demographics. Just a thought I know that will never happen.

Britt37
Britt37

Completely second Brittanie Shay's move-to-May suggestion and Cory Garcia's aftershows idea.

Steven Cruz
Steven Cruz

I can barely handle two days. But man, I'm fuckin down for one more day!

conatonc
conatonc

Of course they're not going to raise prices if they get approved for a 3rd day this year. They've already jacked them up $50 over last year's price for all but the earliest of early birds, regardless of whether they get the extended hours or extra day.

Andrew Sanchez
Andrew Sanchez

Line up gets less exciting every year. Better line ups or gtfo.

Eric Flores
Eric Flores

Great festival atmosphere but the prices are getting a little stupid for only two days. Imagine if it becomes 3?

Adrian Vargas
Adrian Vargas

Expensive, HOT,horrible music from bands that no one has ever heard of HOT BIG lines, chaotic parking lol...... NO

Kevin Gee
Kevin Gee

Never been. Too damn hot. FunFunFun Fest is so much better in November weather!

Zach Lopez
Zach Lopez

If tickets are going to keep getting more ridiculous then yes more would be need for me to spend $150 on blind tickets.

Smedley
Smedley

Why not just have Free Press Winter Fest?

albertgator
albertgator

Sigh. I'll probably go if they add a third day, because I can't not, but I don't particularly want them to. I know that there's money to be made, and that'll always be #1, but I've loved the 2-day format for the last 5 years and I've never finished my weekend wanting for more. I think it'd be great if there were pre-shows around town Friday night and maybe some sort of big event, but a whole extra day of festival? Man, part of the appeal of FPSF is that I don't have to use my vacation days.

H_e_x
H_e_x

A lot of people go to Austin for the festivals even if they don't have a ticket because bands play all around town. I don't think that would happen here as easily, making the price hurt that much more. This isn't about needlessly complaining for the sake of complaining, it's concern that the prices will keep away many people. A third day would see tickets prices rise, not fall, because they will still be able to sell to the monied people in town. What does that leave us with? Another festival for the well to do, just like so many others. 

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