On the final day of Fun Fun Fun Fest, the weather was cloudy, and after the midnight rain, the dust had settled. The day kicked off with a couple of beloved local bands. Schmillion and SPEAK performing on Black Stage and Blue Stage made Austin proud with their energetic sets.
Yellow Stage on Day 3 hosted the third day of Anarchy Championship Wrestling; an honest, heart-warming and absolutely real wedding, marrying Page and Steven together; and Master Pancake’s Video Jukebox. Action for Animals and Mike Litt hosted yet another Veggie Hotdog Eating Contest, which was horrifying yet amusing to watch. The closing performance on the Yellow Stage was Henry Rollins, performing wise spoken word pieces with his iconic, enthralling, and moving style.
The Black Stage strongly held its own with the metal/punk-rock audience. A large crowd gathered for Davilla 666 and Ceremony. Boris’ Japanese, instrumental, metal style attracted a lot of attention. The unique band shredded on their guitars, leaving the stage with a strong impression. The atmosphere quickly changed to indie-rock with Black Lips and Blonde Redhead.
Day 3 was the day that Blue Stage flourished with attention. First SPEAK, and then charming voice embedded in a dark synth/electro sound– Grimes. Grimes was then followed by the hyped-up Austra, who despite the sprinkling rain delivered an outstanding performance. Baths however, attracted the largest audience the Blue Stage saw all week. The momentum at the Blue Stage continued with Del the Funky Homosapien, Flying Lotus, and Diplo. Odd Future closed the Blue Stage Sunday night, but was overshadowed in sound and publicity by Slayer on the Orange Stage.
Orange Stage held some solid sets on Day 3, with obvious indie-pop favorites– Mates of State and Architecture in Helsinki. Asobi Seksu definitely took reign of the stage (that is, until Slayer of course) with their shoegazey pop-rock style and set that was unlike anything that set foot on that stage all weekend.
The 3 day festival was beyond spectacular and musically satisfying, however, each day simply brought you closer to what we were all really there for—Slayer.
Fun Fun Fun Fest’s presentation of Slayer was the epitome of Slayer—greatness, an undeniably presence, and just over the top. The audience gathered up against the sale booths, and the masses were cheering. There were spinning diabolical signs and eagle cutouts with spinning lights. At their commencement—which was prompt—the entire stage was glowing, beaming red, with an immense amount of fog that drifted into the audience as they started off their set with “World Painted Blood”, from their latest album. After playing tracks from their most recent album, Slayer went to an iconic track, “Raining Blood”. Their energy and presence drifting past the Blue Stage, overshadowing Odd Future, and could still be heard on the other side of Auditorium Shores at the Black Stage during Blonde Redhead’s technical difficulties. Fun Fun Fun Fest closed with Slayer’s “Angel of Death”, leaving the remarkable weekend with a stunning and satisfying chord.