Free Press Houston and Presents are honored to announce another stupendous year of music, art and unbridled joy this June 2nd and 3rd at Free Press Summer Fest. In anticipation of our lineup release, our staff has spent the last 6 weeks enduring a brutal physical-training regimen consisting of high intensity intervals, negative rep weight lifting, hot yoga, and total abstinence from worldly pleasures. All the while, they have subsisted on a simple diet of rice milk, figs, and Rudyard’s cheeseburgers. Without struggle there can be no progress.

This year we are particularly proud of a lineup that spans musical landscapes and draws people who wear all kinds of different shoes. The 2012 headliners include ascendant darlings The Avett Brothers, Grammy-nominated rapper Snoop Dogg, Americana legend and 7 time Grammy winner Willie Nelson, punk-rock sages Descendents, EDM artist Afrojack, Primus, a return by The Flaming Lips performing Dark Side of the Moon this time around, dancehall duo Major Lazer, H-town representa’ Z-RO, R&B legends Morris Day and The Time, Best Coast, Shabazz Palaces, Wavves, Young the Giant, Two Door Cinema Club, and so much more. Be sure to check out the full lineup below, and stay tuned for more BIG announcements in the coming weeks. We just might drop a bomb or two on you.

This year’s festival will also feature an expanded arts presence with more interactive installations, traveling artists, screen print artwork, and programs on site to allow fest goers a chance for hands on interactive fun times. Craft, art, and music workshops lead by local artists and musicians will give attendees of the festival the opportunity to experiment with sound modulators and circuit bent toys and instruments. There will be more site specific installations than ever before and will feature work by local and national artists and engineers. TX/RX Labs, a Houston based nonprofit workshop and engineering team is designing a 30-foot water wall that will turn on and off sensing movement.
We’d like to thank, once again, the musicians, the attendees, FPSF staff, the City of Houston, sponsors, and volunteers for being behind us year after year as we work hard to make this event possible.

This year’s event is dedicated to our wonderful mothers. Let’s make sure to call them regularly. What did they do to deserve being ignored?

Official Free Press Summer Fest 2012 Lineup
The Avett Brothers * Snoop Dogg * Willie Nelson * Afrojack * Primus * The Flaming Lips (Performing ‘Dark Side of the Moon’) * Descendents * Major Lazer * Young The Giant * Portugal. The Man * Z-RO * Morris Day and The Time * Best Coast * Diplo * Two Door Cinema Club * Shabazz Palaces * STRFKR * Danny Brown * Jeff the Brotherhood * Wallpaper * Turquoise Jeep * Clap Your Hands Say Yeah * Maps and Atlases * Fatal Flying Guilloteens * Valient Thorr * Big Freedia * Touche Amore * Ume * Quintron & Ms. Pussycat * Ancient Wisdom * Robert Ellis * Girl In a Coma * What Made Milwaukee Famous * Electric Touch * Quiet Corral * Ponderosa * Quintino * Shermanology * Bad Veins * Fat Tony * MC Buda Love * Grandfather Child * The Riff Tiffs * Venemous Maximus * Papermoons * The Tontons * The Freakouts * Wild Moccasins * Featherface * Glastnost * Suraj K * Harts of Oak * Second Lovers * The Sour Notes * Journey Agents * Suite 709 * CeePlus Bad Knives * Square and Compass * DJ Ebonix * A SEA ES * Brains for Dinner * Tyagaraja * Espantapajaros * Love Horse * Sideshow Tramps * Ashes of Baylon * Small Sounds * Last Place You Look * Electric Primadonnas * Roky Moon and Bolt * Eastern Sea * Limb * The Watermarks * Quiet Company * Eyes Burn Electric * Zlam Dunk * Caddywhompus * Zorche * Dry The River MORE TO COME