The Biggest WTF Moments of Free Press Summer Fest 2014
Holding a Festival in a Park then Getting Mad When People Climb Trees
Photo by Groovehouse
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
The Jana Hunter/Los Skarnales Swap
Photo by Cory Garcia Jana Hunter
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
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
Photo by Jesse Sendejas Jr.
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.
Bathroom Lines (Or Not)
Photo by Jim Bricker Could be worse...this is just mud.
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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