Wait...When Did Houston Beer Fest Become a Music Festival?

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Photos by Francisco Montes
The Houston Beer Fest crowd watches Action Bronson Saturday afternoon
Houston Beer Fest: It's not just for beer-induced dehydration anymore. It seems that while people were busy side-eying the folks over at Houston Beer Fest for the antics that happened in years prior -- overcrowding, oversold tickets, lack of beer, etc. -- something kind of amazing happened: they started giving a shit about the music.

No, seriously.

Going into HBF's fourth year this past weekend, we didn't expect to find much. After all, anecdotes about overcrowded entrances, drunk festivalgoers (ourselves included, mind you), and irritated would-be attendees stuck outside the gates run rampant when Beer Fest is mentioned.

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At the barricades for Alien Ant Farm
What we actually found during our experience at Beer Fest this time was quite the opposite. Whereas HBF had once been described as utter chaos -- think dehydration emergencies, long waits, and oversold tickets -- this year there was nothing of the sort. Things more or less went off without a hitch. Lines were easy to navigate, volunteers were informed, and there was plenty of beer -- and water -- a-flowin'.

Better than that, though, was the complete change of face of the attendees. Although there were indeed a number of drunken frat boys in attendance -- it is still a beer festival, after all -- what we found was that the music fans far outweighed them.

But perhaps the change of pace was to be expected. After all, the folks at Beer Fest managed to step things up a notch on the music level, booking rad musical acts for this year's lineup -- Rick Ross (though he ultimately cancelled), Juicy J, Pepper, 3OH!3, and Action Bronson, to name a few -- and when you've got a lineup as solid as that, it makes a festival, even one held in the skunky-hot June weather, solidly awesome.

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During 3OH!3
To be fair, it's not like Beer Fest had totally ignored the musical component in years past. The festival always had a music component -- even booking big names like local hero Bun B, and Reverend Horton Heat in recent years -- but its focus was always geared toward the beer.

That's all fine and good, but Beer Fest had been pretty damn disastrous in recent years. Dehydration and chaos don't build the best reputation, and Beer Fest's was sorely lacking because of it. But this year's solid showing has gone a long way toward redeeming itself.


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rkhovey
rkhovey

You should check with the breweries and vendors before calling this a success this year. Between non payments and checks bouncing it appears at the least to be a disaster or worse a major scam.

Evan Camp
Evan Camp

Did Beer Fest pay you to say that?

Juan Campos
Juan Campos

Shitty J, and Bubba Sparx's inbred cousin shouldn't/don't count as music

Chase Thorn
Chase Thorn

Roosh Williams? Dynamite Hack? Thats not a music festival, its a joke...

_sid.
_sid.

How many different sentences can you dedicate to idioms of how poor beer fest was in the past? I counted thirty.

Kudos to beerfest promoters for turning it around (and competeing with the x games and the fpsf hangover); however, is there an editor at Houston press?

Joseph Acosta
Joseph Acosta

it was good to have it around the rubgy game. beer fest was much better than fpsf. that thing was an annoying frat/high school crowd.

Tucker O'bannon
Tucker O'bannon

No, from what I understand, beer fest didnt pay one of the lead sound guys last year, and threatened to pull all his gear if he wasnt paid by saturday this year. They called his bluff, and he pulled all his stuff and left.

Joshua Justice
Joshua Justice

Did you just compare a festival with rick Ross as the headliner to FPSF? the house of creeps fpsf after party had a better "lineup" than that joke of a d-list.

Reggie Smith
Reggie Smith

Well the sound guys must've been the same hired for fpsf because goddamn. Terrible.

caroceva1184
caroceva1184

Also FPSF sucks (just like that lineup that was mentioned) especially when compared to ACL, FFFEST, Lolla, Sonar, primavera, etc. Good try Houston, but not really.

SomethingOfANeerDoWell
SomethingOfANeerDoWell

This article couldn't be more redundant if it tried. Where is an editor when you need one? Was there really nothing else to say but that it was a beerfest with music? Over and over and over and over again? (I can be redundant, too.)


“Houston Beer Fest: It's not just for beer-induced dehydration anymore…they started giving a shit about the music.


“...it is still a beer festival, after all -- what we found was that the music fans far outweighed them.


“The music really pulled it all together. While there was no question as to HBF's being a "beer fest" in recent years, we'd be hard-pressed to define this one as a "beer fest." Yeah, there was plenty of beer, but plenty of music too, and that music was legit and well-thought out.


“And while we never expected Beer Fest to be the one to help fill the music-festival void here, we're sure glad they did.


“While there were some hiccups, by impressively balancing both beer and music, Beer Fest really made our experience overwhelmingly positive.

rasclot123
rasclot123

Hate to be the baron of bad news, but just because the music is live, doesn't mean it's good.  

rollmodl
rollmodl

This was always their ultimate goal. I know this firsthand.

SomethingOfANeerDoWell
SomethingOfANeerDoWell

That's awesome. I don't know who runs that festival, but they sure don't have a good reputation. Hopefully they step up and pay him for last year. That's all kinds of wrong.

_sid.
_sid.

@SomethingOfANeerDoWell @_sid. 


Oh.

Didn't know it was a joke.

Guess this article was kidding.

I see the satire in the article now.

A joke.

I get it. Sarcasm.

Funny.

Heh.


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