The Biggest WTF Moments of Free Press Summer Fest 2014

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Photo by Groovehouse
Holding a Festival in a Park then Getting Mad When People Climb Trees
Being a security guard is largely a thankless job, and while I get there are things like liability and whatnot, can you really blame people for climbing trees to get the best look they can? You're holding a festival in a park: what did you think would happen? Let the people climb: trees are nature's Silk Pajamas Premium Viewing Areas. CORY GARCIA


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Photo by Cory Garcia
Jana Hunter
The Jana Hunter/Los Skarnales Swap
I get it: organizing a major music festival isn't easy. And yeah, sometimes things come up and for whatever reason bands get switched about. So while I don't know why Jana Hunter and Los Skarnales had to swap days and times, I do feel like Jana got the short end of the stick on this one.

Instead of playing in front of people who dig her and the Lower Dens, she played to a bunch of people amped up for some Los Skarnales action who quickly realized they were in the wrong place and wandered away. And she deserves better because what I caught of her set -- including a very nice cover of Hall & Oates' "Maneater" -- was really, really fucking good. The new Lower Dens record is going to be awesome...I just hope they get to actually play to a crowd when they come back. CORY GARCIA


Happy Cops
Never have I seen cops having so much fun at a festival. Were they working, or just partying in their uniforms? Either way, every time I saw an officer he or she either had a smile or a phone in his or her hand taking photos of whatever crazy sight or scene they saw. During DMX's set, security had to ask two young lady cops to stay out of the pit as it was for photographers only. Their solution was to stand on the barrier with their phones out, ready and waiting for as soon as the Rough Ryder took the stage. JIM BRICKER


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Photo by Jesse Sendejas Jr.
THC
Did weed get legalized in Texas during Saturday's two-hour rain break? There sure were a lot of you brazenly blazing up at the fest. Apparently some of you misread those FPSF app maps and thought you were 1,000 miles to the west in Denver.

No one's smelled that much bud since the last time Kelly Bundy got crop-dusted by her little brother. Not here to judge, just making an observation. But, if I were judging, I'd have to say you all probably have some high-grade weed connections. It all smelled fantastic. JESSE SENDEJAS JR.


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Photo by Jim Bricker
Could be worse...this is just mud.
Bathroom Lines (Or Not)
How long does it take to figure out the bathroom lines at FPSF? Every time I would go to a porto, lines would be wrapped around them for essentially no reason at all. All the stalls would be open in the middle, and someone would be yelling at newcomers to mind the queue.

Then, within five minutes, someone else would scream at the crowd to abandon the line system and just walk up and wait per stall, which would cause a temporary pandemonium. Neither option was optimal but this cycle seemed to repeat over and over all weekend. SELENA DIERINGER


Toilet Paper Bandits
The biggest WTF moment of the fest was stepping inside of a porta-potty on Sunday night and being starkly confronted with man's inhumanity to man. We've got to stop doing this to each other. That toilet paper was for everyone. Six years in, and the biggest gripe about FPSF remains the same as it was in year one: the porta-potties.

It seems there can never be enough, and they can never be arranged in a way capable of efficiently serving everyone quickly. This year, they were far away, drenched in piss and simply horrible to behold. Anybody got a nail brush I can borrow? NATHAN SMITH


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festivalgoer
festivalgoer

There was not any more weed smoking at this festival than other similar festivals around the country. Also, it did not say anywhere you couldn't bring weed ;)


I love this about FPSF. Most festivals have huge drug warnings on their websites. Music festivals in america have always had pot and im proud of our city and this festival for how maturely they handled it all

monkeychengo
monkeychengo

What about how the montrose entrance was cool as shit and let people bring in balloons and go pros, but the downtown entrance was TSA on steroids and made me pop my giant balloon before I could come in because it was "too big". 20 ft in to the grounds, I see 3 separate balloons as large as mine was.

coreyg.designs
coreyg.designs

i think you coulda left the thing about thc out lol

Rindy Fruge
Rindy Fruge

then if they fall, they would blame city for having trees.

Josh Kind
Josh Kind

Your more of the WTF You call it free and charge

Josh Kind
Josh Kind

THC Did weed get legalized in Texas during Saturday's two-hour rain break? There sure were a lot of you brazenly blazing up at the fest. Apparently some of you misread those FPSF app maps and thought you were 1,000 miles to the west in Denver. No one's smelled that much bud since the last time Kelly Bundy got crop-dusted by her little brother. Not here to judge, just making an observation. But, if I were judging, I'd have to say you all probably have some high-grade weed connections. It all smelled fantastic. JESSE SENDEJAS JR.

Pablo Casares
Pablo Casares

Rubber boots were the Ugg boots of the summer

Angela Nolen
Angela Nolen

No offense, but should have been "no flags" period. I didn't over pay for a view obstructed by sports and other states flags. I could live with the "come and take it" flag though. ;)

Joshua Adam Hunt
Joshua Adam Hunt

The no flag rule is a load of crap. One entrance allowed flags while the other did not. Once you entered there were flags everywhere. What gives ?

Sarah Ryan
Sarah Ryan

Amazing weekend. Y'all should just do one huge article about how awesome FPSF was and stop posting 1 every hour;)

gristleandgossip
gristleandgossip

Great write up Rocks off and you def. hit the nail on the head with the great connections. There was a great aroma in the air and people not afraid to share.

www.gristleandgossip.com

JaneHouston
JaneHouston

This article did nothing to convince me that there is anything wrong with someone emulating Blossom. There were plenty more puzzling/upsetting fashion decisions made this weekend.

gary
gary

The fact that fancy pants did not have its own bathrooms is bullshit.  it was a 10 minute walk to the bathroom from the fancy pants tent at the Mars stage.  Bullshit!


MusicTzu
MusicTzu

Yeah Cory...lets let a bunch of drunks climb the trees so one can fall out and break his neck and then sue FPSF, City of Houston and whoever else they can think of. The the city decides not to allow FPSF to rent the park for the event because it has become to much of a liability for them.

Victoria Alvarez
Victoria Alvarez

Biggest WTF moment had to be that girl announcing to Alexander from Edward Sharpe the "he's her Jesus."

jasonasmithphoto
jasonasmithphoto

Thank you, Jim Bricker. WTF? is right. The photographers were treated as "one step above a criminal."  In fact the criminals at the fest were treated better than we were if they could afford Silk Pajamas passes. I'm still trying to figure out how FPSF went from "It does not matter who you are." to "It only matters what wristband you have on."

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