Free Press Summer Fest Review
Free Press Summer Fest was dampened by the weather this year with a rain delay on Saturday and full festival cancellation on Sunday. This did not stop rBeatz photographer, Brian Benton, from catching some good sets and feeling some nifty vibes.
Saturday, June 3rd
Take a listen to the rBeatz exclusive interview with Mod Sun, where he talks about combining genres at festivals, protecting his friends the other night, being a prolific musician, and his new album, Movie. One bad-ass dude.
Anna played right before it started raining. She killed it. The Australian DJ pulled a Beyoncé and performed while expecting her first born. Trooper.
Soon after Anna’s performance, Cashmere Cat played a full set in the rain with a poncho. There were others in rain ponchos not afraid to get muddy while dancing like maniacs.
She also played in the rain. Step Up 2 The Streets style.
Bishop Briggs was really going full effort by the end when it really started to pour. Staff began bringing out towels, and festival goers began looking for shelter under tents and in porta potties. That stinks! ?
After his set, there was an announcement over the loud speakers that told guests to evacuate, find shelter, and wait for further instructions. This announcement was made at 5pm. A lot of people went to the parking lot to find shelter. Brian walked to his hotel about 15 minutes away.
The festival was reopened at 7, just in-time for Post Malone. Brian made it in time for Post, and he mentioned that the popular rapper was really able to pick everyone’s energy back up after the rain. His hit song with Quavo, Congratulations, was a highlight of course.
Cage the Elephant
Cage the Elephant headlined on Sunday, played for almost two hours. The American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky played a lot of older stuff from their first two albums: Cage the Elephant (2008)
Thank You, Happy Birthday (2011). They always put on really energetic shows and get really sweaty. This one was no different. The stage they were playing on was a bit lower to the ground than most main stages, allowing for the lead singer, Matthew Shultz, to come down and interact with the crowd. At one point, the crowd was even holding him up by his feet!
Sunday June, 4th
Bad Suns was Brian’s favorite set. He wouldn’t stop talking about their one song, Cardiac Arrest. Listen below. They played at the stage where Lorde and Charlie XCX were suppose to perform, so there were a lot of fans with Lorde and Charlie XCX merch.
The sun was out, and the only reggae band at FPSF rocked the chill vibes. They were reminiscent of it Slightly Stoopid and Rebelution. One of the highlights was their dog, Cocoa, wandering around and eventually taking a nap on the side of the stage.
The festival was canceled due to rain in the middle of Stick Figure’s set.
Aminé & Portugal. The Man
Some of the acts that were cancelled on Sunday got together and announced shows at inside venues. The acts that combined sets was a beautiful cross-genre between Aminé (rap) and Portugal. The Man (rock) at White Oak Music Hall. The place got filled to capacity, and the combination between the rapper and the rock group really pumped the crowd up.
JAUZ, Party Favor, and Jai Wolf were another group to do a combination reschedule. Loving the collaboration and mobility by these artists, adjusting to the weather and still giving the town of Houston a good show.
Take a look at a couple more fan shots that Brian Benton took below.