A weekend of rain and thunderstorms didn’t completely stop music fans from having a great weekend at Free Press Summer Fest. Although the last half of the second day got rained out some fans were left feeling great about who they saw on day one and others were a little bummed out for not being able to see artists such as Solange, Lorde, Flume, and Tove Lo amongst others.
Another artist that did not perform and canceled his appearance at the festival before it began was upcoming rapper Lil Uzi Vert. Many fans reacted on social media showing their anger towards the rapper and how upset they were that they were not going to see him.
Free Press was officially back at Eleanor Tinsley Park after being relocated to NRG Stadium in 205 and 2016 due to flooding. Houston locals expressed excitement on social media over bringing the festival back to Eleanor Tinsley Park. After yet another flood at Free Press Summer Fest, fans might have been grateful previous years did not cancel out because of the floods.
The show still went on for most of Saturday as headliners G-Eazy and Cage The Elephant both got to perform their headlining slots. Local rapper Trill Sammy drew a fairly large crowd to the Neptune stage, as many Houston locals knew the rapper from playing other Texas festivals and avenues across the city throughout his career. As mid-day Saturday came, the rain began to slowly pour down. Bishop Briggs and DJ Cashmere Cat were scheduled for a 5:20pm performance as both artists continued their set through the rain as some fans made their way to the exit.
There was a little over an hour delay for the festival to start back up. Rising rap star, Post Malone kicked things off when the festival was back on. With his latest release of his debut album Stoney fans were stoked and without a doubt, Post Malone drew the largest crowd over G-Eazy who performed right after him. On the other side of the festival, Cage The Elephant was on stage and as always had a very high energetic set. With an album soon to arrive this summer, Cage The Elephant may be back to Houston pretty soon for a tour in support of their upcoming album. They of course played a lot of their hit songs which got the crowd rowdy up including “Ain’t No Rest for The Wicked,” and “Come a Little Closer.”
Another year of flooding at Free Press Summer Fest questions if it will perhaps move back the festival a few weeks in mid-June or perhaps late May. Free Press was not bad for a one and a half day festival, but we will have to wait and see how the festival bounces back in lineup and planning it out.
Anna Lunoe, Bad Suns, Cage the Elephant, Dreamers, Frightened Rabbit, G-Eazy, Hurray for the Riff Raff, KID, Post Malone, The Struts, Trill Sammy
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Photos by Josh Guerra | @joshguerra13