First established in 1995, Buzzfest is a biannual pop and alternative rock festival held in the bustling metropolis of Houston, Texas. Since its debut - during which attendees were treated to performances by Matthew Sweet, Bush, Our Lady Peace and The Nixons - the festival has been held at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, an open-air venue that allows plenty of room for dancing and revelry. Buzzfest is hosted by the local Houston radio station 94.5 The Buzz, and it attracts some of the hottest tickets in the rock stratosphere. Typically, the festival is held every year in April and October, but the actual dates may vary.
Catching the Buzz
The first Buzzfest took place on June 4, 1995, when Houston radio station "The Buzz" (then at 107.5 on the local FM dial) opted to boost its brand by playing host to several well-known rock bands. For the next six years, the festival would be held once a year during the summer months, but by 2001, the popularity of the event necessitated the addition of a second date. While Buzzfest draws a broad variety of acts, the event includes some local color of Texas bands like The Hunger and RiverFenix, both of which have made regular appearances throughout the years. The line-up is typically male-centric, but female-led acts Evanescence and Abra Moore and a few others have been known to perform at Buzzfest as well.
Where can I buy Buzzfest tickets?
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When is the next Buzzfest scheduled to take place?
Buzzfest has not announced its next date, but the fall event typically takes place in either October or November. Keep checking at StubHub for updates on Buzzfest dates and the line-up.
How long does Buzzfest usually last?
The festival is a single-day event, lasting from early afternoon to late in the evening. It runs for about 10 hours in all.
What can I expect when attending Buzzfest?
Buzzfest's lineup leans more toward alternative rock acts, but it has played host to plenty of folk rock and pop groups as well. There are usually about a dozen acts in the line-up, so this is a great event to attend as a large group since there's bound to be something for everyone.
What are some memorable past performances from Buzzfest?
Modern English - recognizable to casual fans as the band behind the ubiquitous pop culture staple "I Melt With You" - was scheduled to appear at the first two Buzzfest festivals, but didn't make it to the stage until 1997. Its set was reportedly worth the two-year wait as longtime fans still call out the performance as one of the festival's highlights. Other standout performances came from the Fountains of Wayne in fall 2003, Everclear's first appearance in fall 2002 and a set by Jane's Addiction during the spring 2011 festival.
Are there any other activities I can expect to enjoy while attending Buzzfest?
There isn't much to do at Buzzfest besides viewing performances and dancing to the music. Fortunately, with two stages offering nonstop tunes, you won't need to look elsewhere for entertainment. There will be the usual concessions stands and beer tents to help you quench your thirst throughout the day.
Which artists or bands played at the last Buzzfest?