Fun Fun Fun Fest Apologized For Ticket Holders Spending Hours In Line Last Night

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Mike Brooks
People were not having fun, fun, or fun.

As we approached the festival from the east at 2pm, we could see there was a problem. A barely moving line of people snaked half a mile from the will call entrance, across the bridge over the river, and all the way to Cesar Chavez. People stuck in the line to pick up their wristbands had to wait hours to even get into the festival, by which point they'd missed the acts they came to see. Friday wristband holders, who had just paid for the day's entertainment they were missing and no more, were stuck as well. Five or six volunteers were at the front of the line, wielding malfunctioning iPads, trying to get the line moving. It wasn't happening.

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How to Find the Party at Fun Fun Fun Fest

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Mike Brooks
Where's the best place to find fun at Fun Fun Fun Fest? Well, everywhere.
In 2011 I got to work Fun Fun Fun Fest as security. I got the job through a friend of mine who had worked the fest in years past. As we walked through the various backstage areas to find the head of security and pick up my credentials, I got to take in the layout of the fest. There was no crazy segregation of dressing rooms among bands, friends of the bands, and other personnel. It was just a big stew of personalities in one area.

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The 2014 Fun Fun Fun Fest Survival Guide

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Mike Brooks
"Hey Mom, yeah, we're just trying to figure out which shows to see at Fun Fun Fun Fest this weekend"
Fun Fun Fun Fest hits Austin hits this weekend, and for many of Texas' most devout music heads, it's the music festival of the year. That's because, unlike many of the nation's biggest fests that cannibalize lineups from one another and rarely deviate from the norm, Fun Fun Fun rewards its audience's eclecticism a truly well-curated roster of bands. Only at Fun Fun Fun can you see some of the best in hardcore punk, metal, indie rock, rap, electronica, and comedy in the same weekend.

But Fun Fun Fun Fest requires a game plan with three days of music spread across three distinct stages. To help make life easier for everyone heading south this weekend, we've put together a day-by-day, stage-by-stage guide of who to watch out for.

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The Best Band and Beer Parings for Untapped Dallas

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Artist Facebook
Cake and Beer. Boom! You're Welcome.

This past March, Fort Worth hosted the spring edition of the Untapped Indie Music and Beer Festival. The weather absolutely sucked, but in a weird way, that made the day and evening a fun one, because the beer lines were shorter and the crowds in front of the stages for bands like the Joy Formidable, Lucius and Allen Stone were really manageable.

For this weekend's fall edition of Untapped being held in Dallas, the line-up of brews and bands is again fan-freaking-tastic. Spune Productions, the minds behind Index Fest, has seemingly got their Untapped formula down to a highly alcoholic science, combining hundreds of beers with three stages of music including Cake, Shovels & Rope, Deltron 3030, Polyphonic Spree, Metz, Jamestown Revival and Air Review.

With that in mind, we've drawn up our own formula to help maximize the best of the beer-drinking-meets-concertgoing experience with the best pairings for brews and bands. Oh, and be sure to Uber home.

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10 Reasons You Should Rethink Not Going To Austin City Limits

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Photo Courtesy Flickr user Jack Newton

Austin City Limits music festival is just around the corner, kicking off its first weekend this Friday and running through Sunday. With eight stages, two weekends and over 150 acts, ACL is one of the largest music festivals in the country. Lucky for us, it's practically in our backyard. Sure, you can makes excuses, but if you've never been to ACL, or any music festival for that matter, it's time to pull the ripcord. For those still on the fence, here are 10 reasons to rethink not going to ACL 2014.

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Lights All Night Reveals Full Lineup, Announces Zedd as Co-Headliner

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Ed Steele
Listen, bro, there's no reason to flip us off. Just enjoy Lights All Night, OK?
And now we have the whole picture. Lights All Night Fest has been slowly rolling out the details of its fifth-annual, year-end dance music bash to be held at Dallas Convention Center on December 26 and 27. Last month it unveiled the headliners, which were no slouches as far as EDM goes these days: Skrillex headlines the first night of music, while the second is topped off by Armin Van Buuren and Disclosure.

As of early this afternoon, LAN has announced the entirety of the 47-band lineup, including a new co-headliner for the first night. (Sorry, Skrillex. You'll have to share the spotlight.) That new co-headliner is none other than Zedd. Check out the rest of the acts after the break.

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Can Oaktopia Become a Destination Festival in Denton?

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Ed Steele
Oaktopia is set to grow exponentially this year compared to 2013 -- and could be even bigger in 2015
Last year, when Dentonites Matt Battaglia and Corey Claytor set out to bring local bands together for an Oak Street music fest, there was no one who could have predicted what the small, five-stage festival would grow into in just one year. This year's incarnation of their young festival -- known as Oaktopia and set to take place this Friday and Saturday, September 19 and 20 -- is so much broader and larger that it's almost unrecognizable.

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At Dia de Los Toadies, Hometown Pride Was the Main Attraction

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The Toadies on Saturday Night in Fort Worth.

Dia De Los Toadies Festival
With the Toadies, Old 97's, Ume, Quaker City Night Hawks, Pleasant Grove, Somebody's Darling, Residual Kid, The Longshots and Blank-Men
Panther Island Pavilion, Fort Worth
Saturday, September 13, 2014

With apologies to the out-of-town artists that performed during Saturday's Dia de Los Toadies concert at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth, the event was indeed a parade of musical civic pride. And with further apologies to any attendees under 30 years of age, and there were a good bit of you there, you may have enjoyed the near flawless sets from such pedigreed acts as the Toadies, Old 97's and Pleasant Grove, but you likely did so without the nostalgic gut punch that most of us older folks experienced.

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Clearfork Music Festival was Plagued By Poor Attendance Saturday in Fort Worth

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Kelly Dearmore
Clearfork Looks Lonely

Inside of the half-empty Clearfork Music Festival in Fort Worth this past Saturday, it was impossible to not wonder what exactly constitutes a true festival. Any view of the festival grounds at Panther Island Pavilion from one of the slightly elevated spots of the land provided a view of a vibrant festival skeleton complete with tents for local artisans and activists, food trucks, beer trailers and three performance stages. Indeed, Saturday at Clearfork looked very much like a proper festival, even if it failed to feel like one for the most part.

While few would (or should) ever complain about not approaching a line of any kind -- whether it was for restrooms, craft beer or food -- that stretched longer than six people, such unadulterated free-reign over the grounds seemed eerie.

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A New Way to Sneak Pot Into Music Festivals

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Megan Arseneaux
Arseneaux shows off how to smoke out of her handmade Secret Smoker Bracelet

By Amanda Lewis

One challenge of music festivals is figuring out how to sneak some pot inside, even while wearing as little clothing as possible. Is there really a good way to do it without sticking it up somewhere really uncomfortable?

Enter the Secret Smoker Bracelet, a colorful hemp-braided wrist accessory that unscrews to reveal a nickel bowl and wooden bead mouthpiece. It complements the Secret Smoker Headpiece, a headband that camouflages your intentions with three festival-friendly fabric flowers. The products are the brainchild of the sunny, pink-haired pothead Megan Arseneaux, who sells about 25 to 35 a week on her Etsy shop, she says, under the name Alice Moon.


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