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Fun Fun Fun Fest releases full 2013 lineup

Staff Writer
Austin 360

By Peter Mongillo

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 9, 2013

Snoop Dogg, M.I.A., Ice-T, Jurassic 5, MGMT, Slayer, Black Flag reunion act FLAG (the Keith Morris-led group that doesn’t include Greg Ginn) and former Smiths member Johnny Marr will perform as part of this year’s installment of Fun Fun Fun Fest, event organizers announced Tuesday. The festival, which focuses on but is not limited to metal, punk, hip hop and indie rock, will be Nov. 8-10 at Auditorium Shores.

As in previous years, festival organizers Transmission Events began releasing names of acts on the lineup via Web videos three weeks ago; the rest of the lineup was announced after a screening of the van culture documentary, “Vannin’” at the former Tops Office Supply warehouse at 1100 E. Fifth St. downtown.

Other acts on the lineup include Australian electronic group Cut Copy, the Walkmen, longtime California punk group the Descendants, Thurston Moore’s Chelsea Light Moving, the Julie Ruin (led by Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill), Kurt Vile and the Violators and New York rock band Television. Austin-based acts on the lineup include noise rock trio Spray Paint, rapper Phranchyze, Ola Podrida and Wild Child.

“It’s stronger across the board. In the past we’ve had one big act from each stage, this year we have a lot of that,” Transmission co-owner Graham Williams, who books the fest, said about the bands. “Across the board we’ve really beefed everything up.”

This year is the festival’s third year at Auditorium Shores, a much larger space than Waterloo Park, where the event was held during its first five years. The downtown park has allowed the festival to grow significantly, including adding a third full day of music and attendance nearly doubling to between 15,000 and 20,000 people each day.

Part of the festival’s growth can be attributed to the booking of headliners such as the reunited rap group Run-DMC, who headlined Fun Fun Fun in 2012 as part of only a handful of national shows, and thrash metal icons Slayer, who will return to the festival for a second time this year. “It was just timing,” Williams said of Slayer’s return. “We already had them once before, so it wasn’t really on our list of bands to go after, but they happened to be on tour and we had so much fun with them last time, it made sense to do it again.”

Aside from the return of Slayer, this year’s fest lacks a big-name reunion or one-off headliner like Run-DMC. Williams said that was partly by design. “This year we really wanted to go through our list of past artists, some of our favorite bands who have played the festival, like Slayer, Descendants, MGMT, and even smaller acts like Big Freedia,” he said “We went out of our way to hand pick a good 10 or so acts that are sort of alumni, in a way, of the festival.”

Despite its growth, the future of the event, or at least its location, is unclear as the city plans to renovate Auditorium Shores with a $3.5 million donation from Austin City Limits Music Festival organizers C3 Presents. The renovation could keep the park closed for up to a year, displacing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin Reggae Fest, the Austin Urban Music Festival and other events held there. Williams said that the festival was still in the process of working with the parks department on next year’s location, adding that it was “coming together nicely.”

Fun Fun Fun Fest

When: Nov. 8-10

Where: Auditorium Shores

Cost: $179 three-day pass go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday (day passes will be sold later).



  • MGMT
  • M.I.A. Cut Copy
  • The Walkmen
  • Television
  • Deerhunter
  • Dismemberment Plan
  • Washed Out
  • Johnny Marr
  • Kurt Vile and the Violators
  • Sparks
  • Polyphonic Spree
  • Blake Schwarzenbach (of Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil/Forgetters)
  • Geographer
  • King Khan and the Shrines
  • Bill Callahan
  • Chelsea Light Moving (featuring Thurston Moore)
  • The Julie Ruin (featuring Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill/Le Tigre)
  • Daniel Johnston
  • Mac DeMarco
  • Merchandise
  • Cayucas
  • Quasi
  • Beach Fossils
  • Bleached
  • Lemuria
  • Active Child
  • Ola Podrida
  • Frank Smith
  • Wild Child


  • Snoop Dogg
  • Jurassic 5
  • Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set)
  • Bonobo
  • Ice-T
  • Big K.R.I.T.
  • Big Freedia
  • Lupe Fiasco
  • Chromatics
  • Glass Candy
  • RJD2
  • Tycho
  • Action Bronson
  • Shlohmo
  • Little Boots
  • Delorean
  • Star Slinger
  • Poolside
  • Small Black
  • Ratking
  • Underachievers
  • Dessa
  • Big Black Delta
  • Mykki Blanco
  • Phranchyze
  • Roger Sellers
  • LNS Crew


  • Slayer
  • FLAG (Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton)
  • Descendents
  • Quicksand
  • Death Grips
  • Judge
  • The Locust
  • Subhumans (performing “Cradle to the Grave”)
  • Gojira
  • The Impossibles
  • Body Count
  • August Burns Red
  • Thee Oh Sees
  • Cloud Nothings
  • Cro-Mags
  • Ceremony
  • Melt Banana
  • Pelican
  • The Men
  • Title Fight
  • White Lung
  • Code Orange Kids
  • Narrows
  • Unlocking the Truth
  • Retox
  • Spray Paint
  • True Widow
  • Venomous Maximus