Free Press Summer Fest lives up to expectation, anticipation high for future


fpsfBy Christopher Philipps
Eagle Staff

Summer is considered one of the best times of the year and this summer was no exception. Although we are retuning back to our daily academic

routines at school, we cannot forget how great our

summer break was, especially for those who attended Free Press Summer Fest.

For those of you who are not familiar with Houston’s biggest music festival, Free Press Summer Fest is the two-day event held on May 31st & June

1st in Eleanor Tinsley Park on the Buffalo Bayou. Featuring over 50 different music groups, FPSF hosted internationally renowned headliners Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Zedd, Ms. Lauryn Hill,

Above & Beyond, Wu-Tang Clan, Childish Gambino, and a whole list of other popular bands. The musical genres ranged from fun, jovial indie folk bands like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

to bizarre and almost ritualistic, rave groups like Die Antwoord.

About a month before the festival, Houston’s greatest rappers announced an addition to the lineup. Welcome 2 Houston, a special performance featuring Bun B, Slim Thug, Devin the Dude, Z-Ro,

Paul Wall, and Mike Jones, was one of the most extraordinary acts of the weekend. The act, with lyrics and music full of Houston pride, represented what makes H-Town like none other.

To give a perspective of just how popular the Free Press really is, this summer was the second year in a row that the festival has been completely sold out. In February, the blind pre-sale was released

to the public. Even without a lineup, the tickets raised in price within a matter of seconds, selling out within the first 30 minutes of release. Boasting an audience of over 100,000 fans just this year,

FPSF has developed a reputation for being one of Houston’s most exhilarating events of the summer.

“My most memorable experience at FPSF was either Flosstradamus or Zedd,” junior Aidan DeLaunay said. “Both shows were fun and the lasers at Zedd were pretty fun to stare at. I highly

recommend attending this event if you enjoy live music and a great time.”

With an already strong following that grows larger every year along with big name sponsors like Budweiser, Verizon, Kroger, and Lipton, Free-Press is becoming a national phenomenon that shows

no signs of slowing down.

If FPSF continues to increase in popularity as it has in past years, then another grandeur lineup and even more impressive performances should definitely be expected for the 2015 Free Press Summer

Festival. Start saving up now, because next year’s event is going to be one that you will not want to miss.