FPSF Preview: What to Expect
Houston: FPSF is your music festival. We want to first thank everyone who has made this year’s festival possible, those of you who attend every year, and those of you who may be coming out for the first time. The fest wouldn’t happen without the support of our city and those that dwell here. So, our biggest thanks is to you, Houston. On that note, don’t miss the Welcome to Houston performance with H-Town rappers Z-Ro, Bun B, Slim Thug, Devin the Dude, Paul Wall, and Mike Jones, all on stage together for the trillest all-star act this town has ever witnessed. Free Press Summer Festival is even bigger this year, having shifted east into downtown, and now includes Houston’s oldest park Sam Houston Park which will hold the Saturn stage. As with previous fests, the Mars (main) stage is located in the ‘bowl’ where the new Bud Light Amphitheater now resides. We’re beyond stoked for everyone to see the park’s new layout. Be sure to download the FPSF App where you’ll find an interactive map, schedule, customizable timelines, and the most up-to-date festival details. Along with music, FPSF turns Eleanor Tinsley Park into a massive outdoor art gallery with oversized installations and interactive displays produced by local visual and performance artists. For those of you who are attending and for those of you who have yet to purchase a pass, allow us to introduce you to the newest festival features. The Fancy Pants tents have been maxed out to the fullest. Fancy Pants pass holders will enjoy rapid entry to the event each day, and access to three massive luxury air-conditioned tents, each transformed into a climate-controlled lounge with seating and private bars with shorter lines, as well as a private viewing area. Decorated by Dutch Small and sponsored by Absolut Vodka, NRG, KPRC/Glasstire, the lounge-styled tents will offer charging stations for your mobile gadgets and an atmosphere perfect for relaxing between shows. If you sprung for the Silk Pajamas passes, formerly known as High Rollers, you too receive rapid entry into the gates plus premium viewing areas at the three main stages with express access to these parts, along with complimentary beer and water, air-conditioned restrooms, and free parking. Silk Pajamas attendees get exclusive access to the Artist’s Village where they’ll be provided prepared meals for lunch and dinner. There, you will find Custom Confections cupcakes, D&T Drive Inn gourmet popsicles, Eatsie Boys Liquid Nitrogen Popcorn, Triniti baked treats and Boheme cold exotic delights. It’s the place to collect your swag bag and the perfect spot to relax until the next performance on your list. Our city has thousands of great restaurants and a music festival isn’t a festival without food, so we brought in some of the best from around town including: Eatsie Boys, Pink’s Pizza, Bernie’s Burger Bus, Christian’s Tailgate, Sammy’s Wild Game Grill, Golden Grill, Chi’lantro, Baines Cajun, Jalapeno Corn Dog, Choice Burger, Coreanos, Flaming Wok, Churrascos To Go, The Taco Tent, Custom Confections, Hebros Kitchen, Southernmost Falafel, Texas Tamale Company, Double Trouble BBQ, Happy Endings, Hippie Dips, Koagie Hots, Les Ba’get, Oddball Eats, Pocket to Me, Sandled Chef and the Waffle Bus. Cool off with Wild Bill’s Soda, Geauxsicles, Snowie, Black Bean Ice Cream, Once Upon a Cone and Texas Blizzard. In the spirit of Free Press Summer Festival being for the people, part of the proceeds from the concessions will go to some of our favorite non-profit organizations: Memorial Park, Goldskin, Runner’s High Club, Morgan Moss Foundation, Jockstrap Catapult & Sports Bra Slingshot- Triathlon Clubs, KANM Student Radio, In-Powered by One Significant Act, Lambda Delta Psi, Hospitality Hall of Honor, Alpha Tau Omega, Houston Roller Derby, AD4L, Friends of Houston Public Library, Texas Magic Softball, A Smart Rescue, “Fight Like a Girl” Support Cervical Cancer Awareness, The HEART Program, S.A.F.E. and Magnolia United Methodist Church. There’s nothing better than seeing all the music lovers in Houston come together for FPSF each year, and the best part of all is knowing the festival will always be a place where everyone converges for good times, good people, and good music year after year. See you on the hill!