Free Press Summer Fest 2014 (FPSF), a music festival based in Houston, TX, came back with a bang this year. FPSF is six years old and gaining so much momentum that it was sold out for a second year in a row. Artists like Jack White, Childish Gambino, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, The Naked and the Famous, Die Antwoord, Above & Beyond, Zedd, Ms Lauren Hill, Wu-Tang Clang, DMX and Chvrches got to play with a backdrop of downtown Houston. I’ll be splitting my coverage over the two days of the festival. Some of the highlights you can look forward to in this post include the mass storm evacuation and mentions of incredible performances by Childish Gambino, Flosstradamus and Zedd.
Day 1 was met with minor drama due to Houston’s hot, humid and unpredictable weather. The music festival was halted due to an approaching thunderstorm and all attendees were asked to evacuate the grounds and take shelter in a nearby parking lot. The storm passed without incident and the festival was reopened. I liked that FPSF had made scheduling arrangements in the event that there was a storm. I only missed two performances in the two hours that performances were cancelled. The FPSF app was very useful for providing live schedule updates for festival-go’ers.
I will always be a Flosstradamus fan. I was fortunate enough to see the duo earlier on this year when the Mad Decent Block Parties came to South Africa. Seeing a second high-energy performance by just one half of the duo has forever cemented me as a #HDYGIRL. My most surprising performance was by Childish Gambino. He employed a live band and extraordinary amounts of energy in the humid, Houston heat. He reiterated something that a lot of the walking-kissers or kissing-dancers had in mind at the festival when he introduced his track “All She Needed Was Some” with, “This song is about sex.” There was a loud cheer from the crowd. Day 1 came to an end for me with Zedd’s incredibly visual set. The VJ that works with Zedd created unbelievable 3D visuals on the Saturn Stage. Overall, I found Day 1 a great indicator for things to come.