Free Press Summer Fest Schedule
Free Press Summer Music Fest is fast becoming one of the most popular music festivals
in all of Texas. The first Free Press Summer Fest was held in 2009, and was started with the intention of bringing more attention
to local musicians and artists. Of course the best way to do that was to also include big name acts on the bill. The 2009
Festival was held in early August and featured big name acts like Broken Social Scene, Explosions in the SKy, Devin the Dude,
Of Montreal, and others. These days the festival is held earlier in the summer and each year it attracts bigger and bigger
artists to headline the festival.
The 2014 Free Press Summer Fest will be held at Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou
in Houston, Texas on May 31st and June 1st. The two day festival will likely be the biggest one yet with headliners to include
Jack White and Lauryn Hill. The festival is spread out across eight stages, meaning that at any particular time during the
two days of music and fun there is sure to be at least one great act playing, and it is likely that you will want to go back
and forth between stages to catch parts of every performer you hope to see.
About the Artists
festival features some of the most popular artists on the planet taking to one of the eight stages during the two days of
Free Press Summer Fest. Jack White, former leader of the White Stripes will be headlining one of the stage, and the modern
day guitar hero always puts on a stellar performance. Vampire Weekend, whose 2013 Modern Vampires of the City won a Grammy
and was named album of the year by Pitchfork, are another headliner, as is Lauryn Hill who rose to fame as a member of the
Fugees and is finally performing again after years away from the spotlight. Country superstar Dwight Yoakam will also be performing
as will EMD star Zedd. Other artists on the bill include The Bronx, the Deftones, Cage the Elephant, the Tune-yards, Chvrches,
the 1975, and many, many more. If you have ever thought about attending a Free Press Summer Fest, now would be the time. In
addition to all of the great artists who perform at Free Press Summer Fest, the two day festival includes a paint slide, interactive
art, a 30 foot waterfall, fireworks, and an after party held at a different location.
Press Summer Fest was a hit right from the start, but moving from the middle of August to a cooler time of year at the beginning
of June was definitely a wise move. The third annual Free Press Summer Fest in 2011 was a true breakthrough and was the largest
to that point. It took place on June 4th and 5th and over the two days more than 60,000 fans attended the festival. Eight
stages featured more than 160 bands including: Weezer, the Avett Brothers, Ween, Big Boi, Beirut, Cut Copy, Sharon Jones,
and many more. After the 2011 festival it was clear that Free Press Summer Fest was here to stay and had established itself
as one of the premiere music festivals in the country that could attract all of the biggest names in music to its stages.
Each subsequent year Free Press Summer Fest grew and grew. In 2012 more than 90,000 people attended the festival, and 2013
became the first event to sell out. The 2014 festival sold out immediately before the line up was even announced.
Once you enter Eleanor Tinsley Park On Buffalo Bayou for Free Press Summer Fest you are immediately aware
that you have entered a special event. From the picturesque views and the beautiful green areas to the to the excited concert
goers and enthusiastic musicians thrilled to be part of such a magical weekend it is clear early on that this will be one
of the best concerts you have ever attended. The sound system and the unbelievable light shows put on are world class and
will have you believing you have been transported into another universe, away from all of your daily concerns and able to
fully focusing on partying and dancing the night away with your best friends and tens of thousands of other music lovers.
Music festivals are always a great time and filled with numerous acts you might not otherwise get to see live, which is part
of the fun. You never know which performers will steal the show and surprise you as being one of the highlights.
Press Summer Fest has always attempted to be a green festival having formed a partnership with the Texas Campaign for the
Environment, and implementing carbon off-set credits, and a recycling program. The festival encourages biking and carpooling
to the festival and gives a free bottle of water to any attendee who collects 10 empty bottles.