Day 2 of Fun Fun Fun Fest mostly entailed a lot of wind, a lot of dust and a lot of dirt amongst an encompassing atmosphere of sound. It was difficult to find anyone without a scarf or bandana wrapped around their face—unless they were smoking Marlboros or chugging a Red Bull, of course.
First and foremost, Day 2 showed a lot of local love. Putting in local acts strongly amplifies and showcases Austin’s rich talent. Performing on Orange Stage and kicking off the day, Latin indie band Maneja Beto gave an unforgettable performance, as always. Later, Spoon drew an enormous audience and wrapped up the evening brilliantly with their 90-minute set. On the Black Stage, there was Shapes Have Fangs and Thieves, to honorably represent the Austin music scene. Over on Blue Stage was T-Bird and the Breaks. Taking the stage like stars, the band included beautiful back-up singers dressed in red, a full horn section and the perfect concoction of funk, soul and charisma.
Orange Stage was the main attraction with tUnE-YarDs, who played “Party Can” and “You Yes You” in bright-pink puffy sleeves. The set featured a ukulele, saxophonist and fascinating percussion. After tUnE-YarDs, Ra Ra Riot took the stage with rich strings and older tracks including, “Can You Tell”. M83 and Girls drew in a large audience before Lykke Li performed. Though 35 minutes late to her set, according to multiple fans, the wait was worth it. She gave exactly what the audience wanted to hear—an indie-pop, electronic dance party.
Black Stage featured a raw performance from Touché Amoré, who played at Red 7 the night before. In honor of their current tour, the band promoted by performing tracks from their latest album. Following was BLACKIE, who did his set in his underwear, exuding talent but in briefs. After BLACKIE was Death Grips with an intense, hip-hop/electronic set. The Black Stage then had a fascinating band called World Inferno Friendship Society. The name alone speaks volumes of their strangeness; their set included an array of instruments, a sound so unique, it can best be described as soul meets-jazz-meets punk. Intense.
Meanwhile, on Yellow Stage, was the notoriously amusing Air Sex Contest and Day 2 of Anarchy Championship Wrestling. The highlight of the Yellow Stage Evening was definitely the Childish Gambino front man and Community star—Donald Glover’s set. Alone, he pulled in a large crowd eager to hear Glover’s humor. The entire set was full of audience laughter, wit and an entire audience full of people staring at Glover in complete admiration. A following treat was the hip-hop inspired Turquoise Jeep.
Blue Stage drew in the techno/electronic/dance-party lovers with Purity Ring, Brandt Brauer Fricke, Cecil Otter, and Major Lazer. This stage was full of new and exciting discoveries. Purity Ring used an interesting choice of percussion, and Purity Ring’s sweet voice and electro style created a buzz at the festival, and definitely gained a lot of interest. The Blue Stage wrapped Fun Fun Fun Fest with the ultimate dance party provided by Major Lazer—the love-child of Diplo and Switch. The audience extended past the PIP stage and media areas; dancing among the bass, seizure-inducing lights, and vibrating speakers. It was the perfect end to Day 2.