06th Jun2013

Festival Recap: FPSF – Day One

by Jake Spurgeon


Small stage

For those of you who don’t know, Free Press Summer Fest is a huge annual summer festival in Houston, Texas. The festival, which is two days long, takes place in Eleanor Tinsley Park located near Houston’s Theatre District. The festival was PACKED!! In the weeks before the show, it sold out… for the first time it’s the festival’s history. Ticket prices skyrocketing from $70 t0 over $180.. and that’s only General Admission as room in the park became limited. All of the pictures you see are only from day one. Keep in mind that the show was sold out, and brusting at the seems with people. My camera work might not be the best, but I made do with the equipment (or lack there of) and stage distance (thank you 12x optical zoom).

Alabama Shakes


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This was the first band we was, and they sure do know how to please the crowd. If you’re a fan of the band’s smash hit “Hold On”. Then you should be pleased to know that the picture right above is taken right right from the beginning of the chorus “HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLD OOOOOOONNNNN”

Arctic Monkeys

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Arctic Monkeys did a Fantastic job. The weather was at it’s hotter for their show, and they blazed through. The setlist was lengthy and well chosen.

Geto Boys


They talked more than they rapped, but they were still worth seeing. They paid a nice tribute to all the firefighters in our nation and those lost their lives in the recent tornado outbreaks. We actually thought they were opening for Two Chainz, until we realized we were at the wrong stage.

Two Chainz… Well the crowd for Two Chainz

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When we finally did get to the Two Chainz stage, this was the closest we could get. I will say that the sound equipment for the festival is top notch. well worth my $80 admission fee.

Passion Pit

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Passion Pit was incredible. “Take A Walk” was the stand out, of course.

The Postal Service

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I saw Postal Service mainly for “Such Great Heights” I’m much more of a Death Cab fan, but PS made me appreciate Ben Gibbard 10 times more. They were a great way to end the night.


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