Fun Fun Fun Fest, taking place November 7-9, is one of the coolest and most fun festivals in Austin, Texas. Located at Auditorium Shores with the backdrop of the Austin skyline, FFF Fest promotes creativity, frolicking, and a wee bit of debauchery. With a lineup catered to pleasing a broad range of festival goers, FFF seamlessly blends indie, electronic, hip-hop, rock, metal, and comedy into one super-fun experience.
8. Ride & Skate
One of the best parts about FFF is the live sports. With half-pipes scattered across
the festival grounds, you can catch some of the best BMX and skateboarders from
around the world. This year Ryan Sheckler is set to perform along with dozens of other
professionals skateboarders and BMXers. The Fest also has multiple free skates during
the festival so attendees can bring their gear and take the plunge down the half-pipe.
7. Judas Priest
One of the greatest metal bands of all time, Judas Priest, is ready to celebrate their 40th
anniversary at this year's festival. Out with a new album, Nostradamus, Judas Priest
tells a tale of adventure and mystery through the power of metal. Clad in black leather
and spikes, the band is promised to be a high energy (and loud) act with lots of debauchery and good times. Even those who aren’t familiar with the metal culture won't want to miss seeing a
piece of musical history. Judas Priest plays on the Black Stage on Friday at 8:10 p.m.
6. Air Sex Championships
This is a staple act of FFF every year. Is there anything funnier than watching grown men and women simulate sex with nothing but air? With coverage on HBO, MTV, and countless other publications, the Air Sex Championship has been rising in popularity and never fails to be hilarious. All climaxes must be simulated and clothed, and must include at least one invisible partner. Anyone can sign up to perform; just email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @AirSex. See all the Air Sex performers on the Yellow Stage on Sunday at 1:45 p.m.
5. Fred Armisen Comedy Act
Fred Armisen is the comedic genius behind the hilarious show Portlandia and a former
cast member of Saturday Night Live. His quirky sense of humor pokes fun at the
alternative and creative people, making it OK to laugh at oneself. It will be interesting to
see what he pokes fun of about the alternative folks of Austin, Texas—no hipster is
safe! Fred Armisen was scheduled to perform at the festival last year and unfortunately
had to cancel last minute. Don’t miss the redemption show of Fred Armisen on the
Yellow Stage Saturday at 4 p.m.
A flashback to the mid '90s, Ginuwine is set to have everyone at FFF hot and
bothered. His smooth vocals and sexy beats make listeners wanna grab the person next to them and grind like they're in middle school. To say festival goers are excited for
his performance is an understatement. Hopefully no one spontaneously combusts when
he plays his number one hit “Pony." Ginuwine hits the Blue Stage on Friday at 5:15 p.m.
One of the most innovative rappers performing today, Atmosphere pushes the
boundaries of the hip-hop genre by spreading a positive message through his songs.
More like poems than raps, his live performance hypnotizes audiences and leaves the
crowd feeling as though they can take on the world. With all the mindless hip-hop music
out there, Atmosphere brings a genuine flavor to his music. Make sure to catch him on
Friday on the Blue Stage at 7:30 p.m.
2. The Nites
By far the coolest thing about FFF is that once the festival ends at 10 p.m., there are
plenty of (official) after shows all around town at some of Austin's hippest venues—free with a FFF wristband. With a SXSW feel, FFF Nites host an array of artists that are sure to be the next big thing, and taking your night to the next level. Some of this year’s Nite acts include MSTRKFT, Meat Puppets, MC Chris, and many more. The Nites add a fun scavenger hunt aspect to the festival, as attendees run around the city to try to find the coolest new bands.
1. Modest Mouse
Critically acclaimed indie rock band, Modest Mouse, holds a special place in almost
everyone’s heart. They are one of those bands that haven't compromised the integrity of
their music as they have become more and more popular. Since they haven’t come
out with any new music since 2009, we hope that means they'll play the crowd favorites
and signature tracks from their past. Modest Mouse plays the Orange Stage on
Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Get tickets here.
By Maranda Corbin