The Biggest WTF Moments of Free Press Summer Fest 2014


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Photo by Jesse Sendejas Jr.
Vampire Weekend
The Onslaught of Spurs Fans
Saturday night closed out with two choices: a) get your face melted off by Zedd or b) join New York City critical darlings Vampire Weekend. I settled somewhere in the middle, catching bits of both.

Now, VW wasn't terrible, quite satisfactory even. But when you're standing next to a propped-up tent playing a Western Conference Finals game, you hone in on that. And so we watched and watched and rooted for the Oklahoma City Thunder to beat the Spurs because God knows the Spurs are like the girl who will agonize you forever but you respect her.

All the while, Vampire Weekend played. Have you ever watched a basketball game with that band as the soundtrack? It's like a terrible Wes Anderson montage come to life, and sweet baby Jesus, did it amplify to even suckier heights when the Spurs actually won.

I got chased out of my second FPSF by zombie "Spurs" fans yelling "Go Spurs Go." I cried myself to sleep afterwards. BRANDO


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Photo by Jim Bricker
Jack White from really, really far away
The Photo Rules
Were all out of whack; every ten minutes we were told something different. One moment we could go in a certain entrance; the next minute we couldn't., and the Mars stage was the most questionable of them all. Being the main stage of the entire event, the acts playing there were easily the ones that were most needed to be shot. Unfortunately, after the rain delay on Saturday afternoon, we were not allowed back into the photo pit for the rest of the weekend. Kind of a bummer. JIM BRICKER


Sudden Stops and Horse Collars
Leaving the festival Sunday evening, a friend and I found ourselves walking just a few feet between a group of four girls. They were holding onto each other's backpacks and collars, forging their way through the crowd, when the woman in the back stopped abruptly. The girl second from the back came to a sudden halt as well, inadvertently performing a horse-collar on her petite friend in front of her.

The woman essentially went limp, and the back of her head was headed directly for pavement when my friend stepped forward and caught her just below the shoulders, averting the crisis. It all transpired in a few short seconds, but all I could do was look at my friend in awe. The ladies expressed genuine gratitude to my buddy, and we continued on our way. A few feet ahead of the group, I placed the back of my hand on my head, buckled my knees and did my best to swoon. MATTHEW KEEVER


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Photo by Cory Garcia
Collaborate Art
There was a lot of temporary art at the festival this year, but none of it made me smile as much as the guy who sat down to illustrated the saying someone left on the "What Texas Means to Me" in one of the Fancy Pants tents. CORY GARCIA


Whoa!
Apparently I missed the fashion memo stating that the hippest look of the day is to try to emulate Mayim Bialik's "Blossom" or her best friend, the ever-effervescent Six. I haven't seen so many sunflowers since 1994. Please make it stop. SELENA DIERINGER


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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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