So, How About That FPSF Lineup Anyway?

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Deftones
My initial, visceral reaction to the lineup was two-fold: a) Deftones? Yay!; b) that is a mighty impressive EDM lineup. I figured Zedd was a pretty solid lock for the festival, but Above & Beyond is an outside the box choice that I'm in love with. Having just seen them put on a wonderful set a few weeks ago at Lights All Night, I'm pretty stoked to get them again, outside under the Texas sky. Add in Adventure Club (who killed it at Something Wicked) and Flosstradamus and you've got an EDM lineup with something for everyone.

It's a strong lineup top to bottom, with some great headliners (Wu-Tang, Dwight Yoakam), some rad locals (BLSHS, Bagheera) and some unexpected surprises (Sky Ferreira, Jana Hunter). I imagine I'll be super excited about the festival from now until about 15 minutes after I'm inside the gates, at which point I assume I'll proceed to complaining about the heat endlessly. CORY GARCIA


REWIND: Here's the Free Press Summer Fest 2014 Lineup


I'm just going to put my best foot forward on this one and start with the things that are awesome: Zedd, Lauryn Hill, Deftones. Jack White: not awesome. A lot of acts here I can really dig, but some of this is also very confusing.

Somebody dropped the ball on the hip-hop artists, in my humble opinion. DMX and the Ying-Yang Twins? Surely we could find something more credible than that. We don't need sweat dropping down anyone's balls in the middle of the summer heat, dude. And you will never, ever, ever ever ever convince me of Wu-Tang without Ol' Dirty Bastard. The end. ANGELICA LEICHT


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Ms. Lauryn Hill
First, I'm a little amazed at how many big names we pulled. The first eight names alone show more diversity and less predictability than any other festival lineup I've seen thus far, but it's not just the big names. I love scrolling down the list and getting more and more excited at the realization that there will not be a dull moment this year. The small stages are still going to host some big names that, for me, sometimes act as more of a deal-breaker than the headliners.

And really, that says a lot in terms of the weight FPSF has when it comes to the festival circuit. Sure, they've had huge names that have pulled me in from year one, but this is the first time where I feel like I will be going to a festival and enjoying a variety of musicians that I can't have anywhere else.

This isn't an ACL lineup. This isn't a Coachella lineup. This is FPSF doing what it does best: giving you a chance to watch artists you never thought you'd be able to at a time when you didn't even know you wanted to see them. Kudos guys, you've done it again. ALYSSA DUPREE


I'm either getting old or my taste is growing more eclectic as time goes on. For the first time in the festival's admittedly short history, nothing here to entices me. I'm sure it will be a great time for the target audience, but I'm not the target audience anymore. Such is life.

On the positive side, if all of Wu-Tang Clan shows up, that's going to be a hell of a show, and the Deftones are a perfectly reliable token metal band to have on the bill. Unfortunately, the dearth of metal, punk, experimental and alternative music in the lineup, even on the undercard, leaves me cold. COREY DEITERMAN


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Chris Conaton
Chris Conaton

The lineup is solid although I don't personally like it as much as '12 or '13. The issue is that even though the headliners are pretty big names they aren't nearly big enough to justify the 100% price increase over last year's lineup announcement day tickets.

Jacqueline González
Jacqueline González

I expected more. I love Lauryn Hill, and very happy she's on this. I just think they could have pulled better names to join her.

Dylan Osborne
Dylan Osborne

The line up is pretty decent, but the line up is not their biggest problem. Overcrowding is.

Antonio Martinez
Antonio Martinez

the problem with close minded people is, their mouth is always open

Dan Binder
Dan Binder

Also, are you actually complaining that there's *too much* good stuff to see and do?

Dan Binder
Dan Binder

Not enough water? Too much heat? Drunk crowds? Outdoor sound systems? Overpriced tickets? I'm pretty sure you just described every major summer music festival there is.

jenkinshouse55
jenkinshouse55

Once I got over the fact that it's getting further away from being Houston-centric, and the fact that I'm clueless and don't know who most of these acts are I figured I better do my homework. After all I never would have discovered Grace Potter or Vintage Trouble last year without FPSF. I bet I find a good one or two out of all these...

Sherry Matos
Sherry Matos

I think the price is worth it. I spend tons traveling to other cities for festivals. This one is in my backyard! If drunk kids, heat and walking around a city park are too much maybe it's not the kinda event for you. Museums have air conditioning. I saw improved water stations over the years. You can even bring your own bottle if I recall. And most of those dodos probably passed out from drugs not the Texas sun. I saw some drop too and EMS was on site and responded immediately. And the kids were all higher than giraffe pussy. Not victims to Free Press structural problems.

Ruben Loredo
Ruben Loredo

Eh... Besides deftones. Nice..... Nice.... Not thrilling.. But nice...

John Wells
John Wells

Um, GZA, RZA, and Meth are the meat of Wu Tang. ODB is not. His single work is slammin, but his Wu input isn't that monumental. Chill.

slothario
slothario

trust-fund kids/retired Baby Boomers


No, you're forgetting us yuppies! Some of us like music too. 

h_e_x
h_e_x

I think the reason local musicians and kind of out there bands are no longer playing at FPSF is because of the changing demographics of the festival. The people who are now attracted to this festival aren't interested in this kind of music because they have not been exposed to it before. That's where much of the criticism comes from. This isn't about some asinine notion of "haters" or "elitists," this is recognizing that there has been a shift in the customer base and Omar responding to what their perceived tastes are.

idylwino
idylwino

Right now the base ticket is $158 while I post this.  Add in the $27 "Service Fee" and you're looking at around one hundred and eighty five ($185) dollars for two days of acts that definitely have a varied opinion in terms of quality.


I would love to see Washed Out and CHVRCHES, but seeing them potentially in the middle of the day kills some of the appeal.


Jake
Jake

Good line up..Count on at least 2 members of Wu Tang not to show up though. And Lauryn Hill will be at least 3 hours late for her set so hopefully she is slotted for early afternoon.

Ian T. Komouss
Ian T. Komouss

The lineup is great but is unfortunately a complete non issue. There is no way you're going to see what you want when It's spread across 6+ stages in only two days. You need three days minimum. Add to that the drunk crowds, the insufferable heat, the lack of readily available water (dozens passed out last year and I'm not sure how the fest can continue in this manner,") and the sub-par sound associated with an outdoor festival, bumping up the ticket prices to where they are now is pricing the festival to a point where it is completely not worth it. Kudos to the bookers who did a great job this year, unfortunately it's time FPSF dealt with the structural issues of the festival itself if they want to continue their success.

Dan Binder
Dan Binder

Jesus Christ, you people are impossible to please. "Not enough national acts / not enough local acts" "The diversity is too formulaic / the diversity is too weird" "the rap lineup is terrible / the metal/punk lineup is terrible" To paraphrase your own Selena, stop being such boners.

Fred
Fred

Solid mid level festival as usual. Responding  to Jim B - Vampire had an early afternoon slot at ACL last year so you can't really say they are a solid headliner. Good mix if a little heavy on the EDM. With the price increases may not be the value it was but should be fun.

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

@idylwino More like all of the appeal. This show is too heavy on metal, and lousy teenybopper dance music. Attendance will be down again this year almost guaranteed.

conatonc
conatonc

I'm with you on the ticket prices, but let's not disparage the Summerfest people for "the lack of readily available water." For the past two years there have been two major free water stations on top of the hill, next to Allen Parkway by each of the big stages. Water is absolutely readily available, and bottles are $2, which isn't too bad, either.


Anybody who passed out last year, well, it's on them, not the festival.

EggsBOT
EggsBOT

Actually, Vampire Weekend was the pre-headliner on the main stage. They played right before Depeche Mode. And ACL is a much bigger animal than FPSF.

h_e_x
h_e_x

@gossamersixteen @idylwino  I hope attendance isn't down because it will be blamed on the people of Houston, regardless of any legitimate criticism. I have a feeling that we are walking a very fine line in that any downturn in the festival will cause it to be cancelled. This is what happens when any and all criticism is rebutted with logical fallacies.

freepresshouston
freepresshouston

@gossamersixteen  Gossamer, we sold all of our tickets last year for the first time ever. Running your mouth is fine by me but at least try and not be completely inaccurate. 

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

@h_e_x @gossamersixteen@idylwinoIt's clear they don't care about the music anymore, just what sells tickets especially now that they've raised the prices. There will be far more teenagers, and younger college kids as this lineup caters to children's EDM; attendance was down in 2013, and will be again this year you can mark my words. 

Look to Coachella if you want to see how to do a festival right; with actual artists who are relevant and not past their prime. Seeing washed out resigned to a mid day show in 90+ degree heat and humidity sounds miserable to me, so enjoy your deftones pit and those all too ubiquitous 4/4 bass drums. 

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