If you have ever visited Austin, Texas, then you probably already know we love to have fun here in the Live Music Capital of the World. Sometimes our fun involves music, sometimes sports, sometimes comedy, and sometimes the great outdoors. Once a year, we like to throw all caution to the wind and combine these passions into one bigger-than-life party. We call this event Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. This year Austin’s 8th annual homage to all things FUN took place for three days, November 8, 9, and 10, on the edge of Lady Bird Lake at Auditorium Shores in beautiful downtown Austin.
As usual, there were a variety of musical acts represented at the festival ranging from Rap, to Punk, to Symphonic Pop Rock, to Indie Rock, and even Singer/ Songwriter. The audience was entertained by internationally renowned stars like MIA and homegrown acts like Austin’s LNS Crew. Enthusiastic festival goers not only listened to established entertainers, such as Ice-T, but also youngsters just starting out in the business, like Unlocking The Truth.
And while all of this incredible music was taking place on four stages, the festival grounds played host to skaters, and BMX bikes, and wrestlers, and even an occasional strolling musician.
The festival’s headlining act for these three days of over-the-top entertainment was Slayer. Yes, one of the biggest and most important trash metal bands in the world closed out the fest, playing many of their greatest hits and more. Despite the recent unexpected death of one of their founding members, Jeff Hanneman, Slayer brought all of their famous fire to the Austin stage. After more than 30 years in the business, Slayers members, Kerry King, Tom Araya, and Dave Lombardo, assisted by Exodus guitarist, Gary Holt, still know what their audience wants and how to give it to them. Slayer is on tour in support of their latest album, World Painted Blood. The band has also dedicated this tour to the memory of their lost friend.
Photographs by Scott Moore/ Limelight Imaging
Review by Margy Moore