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A little dust, a lot of music at sixth year of Fun Fun Fun Fest

Peter Mongillo

Dust brought on by dry and windy conditions didn't seem to bother most people filing into Auditorium Shores on Saturday for day two of Fun Fun Fun Fest.

"Hello, Austin, you swallowing mouthfuls of dust?" Ritzy Bryan, lead singer and guitarist for Welsh band the Joy Formidable, asked from the orange stage as the lighting swayed in the wind and festgoers protected themselves with bandannas and other articles of clothing.

African folk-rock band Tinariwen, which played one of the more well-received sets of the day, were prepared for the grassless park's conditions, donning robes and head wraps worn by Tuareg nomads.

Evening headliners included Spoon, Major Lazer and British punk legends the Damned.

It was Danzig, not dust, that was the talk of Friday, when a crowd of about 13,000 people gathered for performances by veteran rap group Public Enemy and indie pop band Passion Pit. Influential punk musician Glenn Danzig drew the ire of fans after going on late and playing only two songs from his band the Misfits before the set was ended by the city's 10 p.m. curfew.

Festival booker Graham Williams was quick to respond to allegations that the festival was to blame for the short set. "Hi. I book the fest. Those that are hating could NOT be more wrong," Williams wrote on the fest's Facebook page. "Yes, someone has your money and ripped you off. His name is Glenn. Stop by his house in LA with some kitty litter in trade for your refund, but we still had to pay him and he didn't deserve it after what he pulled."

Things were less dramatic Saturday, when rapper Rakim's cancellation because of a broken foot was the only music-related issue. Rapper Kool Keith, who was in town for an aftershow, filled in.

Manny Peña, who lives in Austin and has been to two Fun Fun Fun Fests, said he was most excited to see French electronic musician M83, who played an early evening set Saturday.

Other acts he was planning to see included Swedish pop artist Lykke Li, Ra Ra Riot, Neon Indian and Cold Cave.

"Every year the festival gets better and better," Peña said. "I love how much there is to do if you're not listening to music."

Parts of the park, a much bigger area than the festival's previous home, Waterloo Park, had the feel of a carnival. Near the black stage, which featured mostly punk, metal and garage rock acts, skateboarders congregated atop a half-pipe ramp. Across the way, a graffiti artist covered panels attached to the fence. Back near the fest entrance, a ring was set up for midafternoon matches from Anarchy Championship Wrestling.

Crowds on Saturday were larger, with an estimated 15,000 in attendance, according to festival promoter James Moody. A similar number is expected today . Moody added that aside from the dust, he was happy with the way the festival had gone so far, which is in its sixth year and expanded to three full days.

"You either get dust or rain, and we'll take the dust all day long," Moody said. "We're essentially throwing a big party in a desert."

pmongillo@statesman.com