Transmission Entertainment again produced one of Austin’s finest outdoor music events of the year: The 6th Annual FUNFUNFUNfest delivered it all: three stages + SLAYER + gourmet food trucks + Lykke Li + Ryan Gosling & Terrence Malick + Austra + an enormous multi-level mini-ramp + Danzig + Hot Snakes + Public Enemy + TV Casualty (aka Ted Leo & The Pharmacists doing Misfits covers) + hot antelope/jackrabbit sausages from Frank Grocery + Blonde Redhead + Boris + Black Lips + a stand-up comedy tent (featuring Henry Rollins & Brian Posehn) + Thee Oh Sees + Tinariwen + Four Tet + Diplo + 125 more musical guests…
We watched a three-day array of great bands from across the musical spectrum, wore makeshift masks (to cover our faces from the brutal Auditorium Shores dust ball), ate sausages and drank sweet tea, shot photos, shot the breeze, skated an amazing mini-ramp, and provided enormous boxes of Incase products to a wide variety of performing artists. Austin is a special place full of spirited music, gracious people, and fantastic food. We’d like to thank the City of Austin and everyone affiliated with Transmission Entertainment for another excellent visit. Enjoy our Flickr photo set.
The first ever three-day edition of Fun Fun Fun Fest appropriately ended up being the most successful installment of this burgeoning annual gathering of music, comedy, arts (and everything in between) in Austin, Texas.
Alright, we know this Fun Fun Fun Fest post is mega-late. True enough, the fest happened three weeks ago already. Sorry! However, we’ve got a great reason for the lag. On the day after the fest, Transmission Entertainment’s Brendan Hannah went to India for three weeks for some much needed rest and relaxation. In the process, he completely dropped the ball on sending us his report from the field. Until now, that is. Brendan, take it away!
The first ever three-day edition of Fun Fun Fun Fest appropriately ended up being the most successful installment of this burgeoning annual gathering of music, comedy, arts (and everything in between) in Austin, Texas. The legendary “Weird Al” Yankovic kicked things off on Friday evening with an amazing two-hour set, complete with set changes, costumes, and of course, little blasts of “Al TV”.
On Saturday, indie-darlings MGMT had to play second fiddle to a fast and furious set by the ever-formidable Californian punk band Bad Religion as well as the visual and aural extravaganza that is GWAR.
All in all, however, patrons couldn’t have asked for a better sampling of the wide variety of genres on display. Sunday’s highlights included the first live performance in almost a decade by the legendary and universally beloved Descendents, a dance party curated by Yelle, and of course, the hard stuff courtesy of Mastodon.
Fans were also afforded the opportunity to indulge in a whole host of fun activities like euro-bungee launching, a mechanical bull, and the unmistakable “port-o-potty photo-booth,” plus an impressive sampling of some of the finest food and retail the city has to offer. When all was said and done, Fun Fest had once again proved itself as veritable purveyors of underground, emerging, and legendary acts, in one place, over the course of one beautiful weekend.
Thanks to Brendan, Michael, Rosa, and Graham at Transmission Entertainment in Austin for putting on another great Fun Fun Fun Fest. And A Horse With No Name Photography for the EPIC photos. We look forward to seeing you at the Mess With Texas Party in March 2011.
Head’s up! On November 5-7th, we’re again sponsoring Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas. Last weekend, in the lead up to the fest, our friends at Transmission Entertainment threw a city-wide scavenger hunt. According to all participants it was a huge success. Here’s Transmission’s Brendan Hannah with the recap:
“Over the course of the last five years, Fun Fun Fun Fest has established itself as a veritable gathering of all things music, comedy, food, and arts come winter time in Austin, Texas. We truly pride ourselves on nurturing maximum fan interaction. So, in addition to the fest we also curate an annual Scavenger Hunt each year to offer fans a chance to obtain complimentary tickets, upgrades to VIP status, and win a whole slew of amazing prizes.
This year, Incase was a proud sponsor of the festival, and accordingly, Festival fans had a chance to score heaps of Incase swag at the 2010 edition of the Scavenger Hunt on October 15th. Keep in mind this isn’t your usual hunt – last year’s fans went as far as kissing senior citizens and indulging in hanky panky with the esteemed Stevie Ray Vaughan statue in town to obtain their rewards.
And this year was no different as nearly 200 participants knocked off the various activities on the ‘to-do-list’ with fervor and passion. One team scored big with their Fun Fest inspired tattoos, others arm-wrestled an immense bartender at the check-in point at The Mohawk, still others gathered miscellaneous items like a Corey Haim movie on VHS, and of course, quite a few took self-incriminating photographs of assorted variety to garner those elusive points. All in all, it was quite an amazing adventure for everyone involved, and of course the lure of Incase backpacks, among other things, was a truly motivational tool we were happy to provide.”
We look forward to seeing you at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Waterloo Park next week!
We’re excited to announce our sponsorship of the Mess With Texas Party, held March 19 & 20th during the SXSW Music Conference in Austin, TX.
For the past few years MWTX has taken place in Downtown Austin’s beautiful Waterloo Park. This year, however, MWTX is moving to 1001 E. Sixth Street to accommodate the party’s two-day run. With more than 40 bands, two stages, and 7,500 patrons per day, MWTX is quickly shaping up to be the biggest and best FREE ALL-AGES OUTDOOR MUSIC EVENT of the entire week.
Located just five blocks from the Convention Center, here’s the short list of what you’ll find at this year’s MWTX Party:
- Free Admission
- Free Bike Valet
- Free Incase Snap & Slider Cases for iPhone
- Delicious Smoothies
- Glorious Shade
- Cheap Beer & Booze
- Gourmet Hot Dogs c/o Frank Grocery
- Food Vendors (BBQ! Vegan Burritos! Churros!)
- No lines to get in
- All-Ages & Open to the Public
- Benefit fundraiser for Marbridge.org
While so many other conference attendees will be stuck lurking in dank clubs, waving laminates, and begging for overpriced water… if you know what’s good for you, you’ll be frolicking footloose and fancy free with us as we watch GWAR (not kidding), Andrew WK, F*cked Up, BILLY BRAGG, Yacht, OFF! (featuring members of Circle Jerks, Red Kross, & Earthless), Neon Indian, The Soft Pack, Crystal Antlers, Avi Buffalo, and Big Freedia “The Queen of New Orleans Bounce,” and others as they kick it outside BLASTING JOYFUL NOISE throughout the weekend.
Via the Incase grabbelton bins, we’ll be on hand with lots of free product for your iPhone & MacBook. Yes, FREE. No hard sells, no blah blah blah…. Just you, MWTX, and Incase having a fine time in the sun. We hope to see you there!
*A portion of our MWTX sponsorship funds to benefit the Marbridge. Established in 1953, Marbridge works to protect and improve the safety, well-being, and happiness of adults with cognitive challenges.
FYF Fest Productions, FUN FUN FUN Fest & Incase Present: MWTX Party
Friday & Saturday, March 19 & 20th, 2010
FREE! ALL AGES!
This past weekend, Transmission Entertainment produced Austin’s finest outdoor music event of the year. If you’re the sort of person who loves independent music festivals, the 4th Annual FUNFUNFUNfest delivered it all: four stages + 90 artists + street meat & taco trucks + GZA’s Liquid Swords + Destroyer + All Leather + Les Savy Fav + hot chocolate chip cookies + hotter antelope/jackrabbit sausages from Frank Grocery + mini ramp + stand-up comedy + The Jesus Lizard + Growing + Health + extreme weather.
After three days of preproduction, Saturday gave us brilliant blue skies and perfect 78-degree weather. Real nice. We watched bands, ate sausages, shot photos, shot the breeze, skated a wildly sloping half-pipe, and gave away almost 5,000 iPhone & iPod cases, and doled out enormous boxes of Incase products to a wide variety of performing artists.
If day one was sunny and idyllic in every way, then let’s say day two was interesting. That’s if you consider TORRENTIAL RAINS interesting. Fortunately, we do. From 11AM to midnight, first a drizzle and then a downpour.
After this 13-hour pummeling Waterloo Park was a mud pit and everyone in attendance was soaked to the bone. Several wore garbage bags and walked around in socks. Just straight up threw their shoes away. Incredibly, the bands played on and the crowd stuck it out for Danzig’s headliner set. Understandably so. This was Glen’s first time in town in 15 years. Did not disappoint either. 100% awesome/hilarious.
Austin, Texas is a special place full of fantastic music, people, and food. We’d like to thank the city of Austin and everyone affiliated with Transmission Entertainment. Graham, Brendan, Rosa, Michael, Cory, Fish, and Daniel… thanks to all of you for a truly exceptional visit. We’ll see y’all in the Spring. Enjoy our Flickr photo set.