Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 Lineup Astounds
Wu-Tang Clan, Jane’s Addiction, D’Angelo, and Venom top the list
By Kevin Curtin,
10:00AM, Thu. May 28, 2015
The announcement this morning of Fun Fun Fun Fest’s 10th anniversary lineup makes a statement. In short, they put together the strongest lineup of any Austin festival this year.
Transmission Events’ annual punk/hip-hop/indie/metal/electronic blowout, storming Auditorium Shores November 6-8, dedicates its biggest font sizes to NYC rap conglomerate Wu-Tang Clan, Nineties zeitgeist rockers Jane’s Addiction, British metallurgists Venom, and resuscitated R&B bandleader D’Angelo.
FFF’s 2015 lineup can’t be summed up by headliners, however. Not like in 2012 when they scored a Run DMC reunion or last year with Judas Priest. This year’s bill arrives so dense with genre favorites that a band like Fucked Up, which graced the second line of the 2012 poster, now appears a mile down on the list. For the full effect, you need to pore over all 85 artists.
In addition to D’Angelo & the Vanguard and Jane’s Addiction, who’ll perform their 1990 album Ritual De Lo Habitual (they must be saving Nothing’s Shocking, though at least it’s not 2011’s The Great Escape Artist), FFF’s Orange Stage hosts reunited UK shoegazers Ride, power pop icons Cheap Trick, Scottish electro-pop act Chrvches, and heartfelt synth songwriters Future Islands.
Beyond that, the stage primarily dedicated to rock and indie feature At the Drive-In offshoot Antemasque, reformed Midwestern emos American Football, recent Levitation performers Fuzz, and dark Indiana indies Murder by Death.
Behind Venom, whose FFF appearance marks their only 2015 show on U.S. soil, the fest’s Black Stage welcomes punk rock lifers NOFX (unbelievably playing FFF for the first time), proggy emo giants Coheed & Cambria, gypsy punks Gogol Bordello, reunited post-hardcore outfit Drive Like Jehu, grunge greats L7, and femme-punk trio Babes in Toyland.
Also appearing on the festival’s platform for heavy music: a one-off reunion from D.C. melodic hardcore heroes Dag Nasty, gothists Skinny Puppy, metalcore mainstays Converge, New York rockers Parquet Courts, veteran punk supergroup Off!, garage blues upstart Benjamin Booker, folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad, and shoegazing eardrum abusers Nothing.
For all things hip-hop, funk, and electro, look to FFF’s Blue Stage, which brings in Staten Island’s finest export Wu-Tang Clan, smooth funk Canucks Chromeo, Black Hippy alum Schoolboy Q, electro-pop songwriter Grimes, and DJ duo Odesza. NOLA bounce queen Big Freedia makes his annual FFF sojourn and will be challenged in horniness only by Peaches.
Original renegade of funk Afrika Bambaataa is also slated to perform, as is brotherly rap breakouts Rae Sremmurd, new old schooler Joey Bada$$, and young jazz/hip-hop instrumentalists Badbadnotgood.
Austin’s own musical ranks are represented by enthusiastic ambient composer Roger Sellers, synth squadron Survive, heavy shoegaze trio Ringo Deathstarr, golden-voiced John Dowey’s Think No Think, melodic punks A Giant Dog, speed-sludge partiers American Sharks, and anarchist orchestra East Cameron Folkcore.
Three-day passes and Ultimate Smooth Passes can now be purchased here. Single day passes go on sale today at 10am. Because of last year’s will call fiasco, all passes will be mailed out this year. Behold the full lineup:
A Giant Dog
Andrew Jackson Jihad
Babes in Toyland
Chain of Strength
Coheed & Cambria
D’Angelo & the Vanguard
Dag Nasty (only reunion show)
Drive Like Jehu
East Cameron Folkcore
Gesaffelstein (DJ set)
Head Wound City
Jane’s Addiction (playing Ritual De Lo Habitual)
King Khan & BBQ Show
Murder By Death
The Outfit, TX
Think No Think
Toro Y Moi
Venom (only U.S. show)