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


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We didn't see any Houston heat emergencies, and most fans were relatively well-behaved. They were taking in the music on one of four stages, or were checking out the beer selection in the shade. The festival, which was once a clusterfuck of epic proportions, finally felt like...well...a festival.

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.

If Beer Fest can keep it up, we have a feeling it will be a welcome addition to Houston -- and Texas' -- summer music-festival lineup. In reality, Houston has needed more decent music festivals for a long, long time now. We've got FPSF, which has grown to really put Houston's festival scene on the map, but it's still just one festival. Other than that, it's still pretty desolate. So if Beer Fest can continue to hang on the musical front, we're glad to have it.

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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. It's nice to see them heading for what appears to be a comeback story, born out of a festival that was -- in reality -- a hot mess only a few years back.

While there were some hiccups, by impressively balancing both beer and music, Beer Fest really made our experience overwhelmingly positive. We're glad it's here, and although we're surprised to be categorizing a beer fest as a music festival, we hope they keep the quality of the lineup up in years to come.

Now if only they can actually get Rick Ross to show up next year -- his no-show this weekend was his third consecutive round of Houston ditch the bitch -- we'll even let that hotter 'n hell June festival date slide.

Ball's in your court, Houston Beer Fest. We'll expect Rick Rozay to be hand-delivered to us next year, yes?


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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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