After spending a week in New Orleans, we flew to Austin, TX to celebrate a good friend’s wedding. It was a bit of a whirlwind weekend, just to carry on the party vacation theme, and we ran ourselves ragged by going to my favorite new music festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest. Boyfriend was happier at this festival than I’ve ever seen him, primarily because he had an entire stage dedicated to him (see: black). Boyfriend would arrive each day and promptly head to his stage where there was a steady stream of metal, punk and “friendly, violent fun” aka moshing and then every once in awhile he’d run over to my hipster stages, out of breath and dirty, and say, “Girlfriend, I need a beer! It’s INSANE over there!” and then away he would go, disappearing for a few more hours.
Austin City Limits Festival has always been my go-to fest. I had been every year since the beginning until this year, when my schedule got the best of me and I had to sell my ticket. I was awfully sad but in hindsight, after hitting both Voodoo Fest and Fun Fun Fun Fest, I think I may be done with ACL Fest. I think it has outgrown me.
See, for me, the beauty in a music fest is the ability to wander aimlessly and discover new bands and new music. ACL Fest, however, has gotten SO big that even the smallest bands on the list are well known and the crowds are SO out of control that it’s hard to get from stage to stage. It has, in short, become a bit of a chore. I didn’t realize this until I attended Voodoo fest, where even at it’s most crowded you could still walk almost all the way to the front of the stage with very little hassle and the number of bands I didn’t know far outnumbered the names of bands I did.
Fun Fun Fun Fest offered the same atmosphere, but packaged in a slightly alternative box: complete with a comedy stage, wrestling ring and a huge skate park, all within the confines of the fest walls. First of all, we had the opportunity to see legendary rappers Run DMC. Seriously! First show in 13 years! How rad is that?! While Boyfriend was moshing, I also got to check out The Head and the Heart, Real Estate, Surfer Blood, Icona Pop, Helio Sequence, STRFCKR, and my favorites from the weekend, Nick Waterhouse and Tanlines. Fun Fun Fun Fest and Voodoo Fest reminded me of why I love music festivals in the first place and how ACL fest no longer meets those needs for me. Fun Fun Fun Fest may just have to be my new Austin Fall Festival. Boyfriend certainly will not complain about that!
While in Austin we were able to visit with the Brooks’, who always open their home to us, dance at my friend Jason’s wedding at Green Pastures, spend dinner with my ATX climbing crew that I always travel with and have breakfast with always adorable and gorgeously put together friend Liana and her husband Terry. I am traveling with the two of them to Music Fest, a Texas themed music fest and ski vacation in Steamboat Springs this January and I can’t wait!
After a week of rich, fried food in New Orleans, I thought I was getting scurvy so our meals were veggie and fruit filled. For brunch, we had a veggie egg scramble, homemade pancakes and a huge fruit salad. It was just what I needed. The Brooks’ are fans of the Chemex Coffee Maker, supposedly designed by a chemist to “Brew A perfect cup of coffee everytime” through “fractional extraction of only the desirable parts of the coffee bean.” It does make pretty damn good coffee, though I’m not sure it’s any better than my beloved thermal carafe.
Despite the quick trip and whirlwind weekend in Austin, we had a blast. I didn’t get to see as many folks as I hoped but they know I’ll be back. I always have time for Austin.