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Fun Fun Fun Fest Outgrows Waterloo Park, Moves To Auditorium Shores

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Crowds watching Foot Patrol perform at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2009 in Waterloo Park. The festival will move to Auditorium Shores this year as it grows and as Waterloo Park temporarily shrinks for a public works project.

After five years in Waterloo Park, Fun Fun Fun Fest is moving to Auditorium Shores. The annual music festival, which takes place in early November, features independent and underground rock, hip hop and electronic music artists. Check out this recap from last year.

"After maxing out Waterloo Park last year, we realized we needed more space to deliver on some of our new ideas and offer our fans what they expect," Fun Fun Fun Fest partner James Moody said in a press release.

Auditorium Shores is 81 acres and has a capacity of 20,000.  Waterloo Park is 10 acres and has a capacity of 10,000. And as the Red River Noise blog points out, the Waller Creek Tunnel Project could make it harder to throw large events in Waterloo Park. In fact, Transmission Entertainment booker Graham Williams told the Austin Chronicle in early April that the project would force them to move FFF.

The first batch of early bird tickets goes on sale in May.

Read the full press release below.

FUN FUN FUN FEST MOVES TO AUDITORIUM SHORES With the New Move the Fest Will Grow in Size and Capabilities Austin, Texas (April 28, 2011) – Fun Fun Fun Fest, one of the premier independent music festivals in the country, announced today that they will be moving from their Waterloo Park location of 5 years to Auditorium Shores this year to accommodate the growing size and popularity of the event. Founded in 2006 by Graham Williams, Fun Fun Fun Fest has been known for its consistent commitment to discovering new talent and unearthing new ideas in music and comedy, while also working to pay homage to key legends in the independent music scene. The 6th Annual Fun Fun Fun Fest will take place Nov. 5 – 6, this year at Austin’s Auditorium Shores.  There will also be a festival kick off event on Friday November 4th. In addition to the progressive and seminal underground acts the festival is known for, promoters plan to diversify the lineup this year with new genres and performers as well as introducing new on-site activities, comedy, food, shopping, and more.  As a 10 year resident of the Bouldin Creek neighborhood, a former board member of the Long Center, and a founding member of AMP, James Moody has been working with Parks, the City of Austin, AMP, The Long Center, the Palmer Events Center, and other stakeholders to help make this exciting addition a smooth transition for all involved. “We are looking forward to this move. “ says James Moody, partner at FFFF. “It’s the right time for us. After maxing out Waterloo Park last year, we realized we needed more space to deliver on some of our new ideas and offer our fans what they expect”. Graham Williams said “I am very excited about this. With more room and better access, we can do some of things that we could never do at Waterloo. We have been able to get more creative with bookings, production, layout, and vendors. I look forward to watching it all come together”. A limited batch of early-bird tickets for the 2011 festival will go on sale in May, as will vendor applications for local businesses.  For more information stay tuned to, and @funfunfunfest for updates, details and contests. 

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.
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