Free Press Summer Fest 2017 vs. Houston Weather

Free Press Summer Fest 2017 vs. Houston Weather


Houston Free Press Summer Fest just can’t catch a break from the rain!

Our beloved Eleanor Tinsley Park was primed and ready for another round of FPSF and things started out great Saturday morning.

Rain was in the forecast, but it looked like we were going to get lucky and stay dry this weekend.

Eleanor Tinsley Park. Photo: Katrina Barber

Alas, we were not so fortunate and around 6:30pm Saturday, festival-goers were evacuated from the park due to incoming inclement weather – not really what they wanted to hear.

Around 8:15pm, however, fans were allowed back onto festival grounds. A slight delay, but all was not lost.

Sunday’s events took a similar path. Spirits were high, despite the literal mud pit that ETP had turned into after the previous day’s rain, but eventually, again, everyone was instructed to leave due to… you guessed it… the impending Armageddon.

At approximately 2:45, the crowd, comprised largely of scantily-clad Millennials, was asked to leave the festival grounds. This time, however, they would not be allowed back in. Four hours later, the festival was cancelled altogether.

Hippo Campus. Photo: Roger Ho

HIGHLIGHTS: of the weekend (for this writer, at least), included sets from Hurray for the Riff Raff, Rose Ette (Houston band), Dreamers, The Struts, Coast Modern and Hippo Campus (personal favorite). Sadly, The Shins were not able to perform due to the cancellation. Another casualty of the weekend was this writer’s scheduled interview with Bad Suns. Maybe next time.

Hurray For The Riff Raff: Photo: Roger Ho

FPSF has grown into a legitimate festival over the last several years. The location is unique, the lineups continue to grow, the amenities are top-notch. HOWEVER… Houston weather in early June does not agree with outdoor events. A pre-existing condition, yes, but not one that should alter future plans for this now staple of annual Houston events.

You can’t win ‘em all.

Dreamers. Photo: Ismael Quintanilla

Very much looking forward to next year.