A Fun Fun Fun Friday

Written by Rory Burbeck | Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013

SXSW Alumni Dessa performing at Fun Fun Fun Fest

They weren't kidding about Deltron 3030's full orchestra, and they weren’t kidding about the Taco Cannon, either. What sets Fun Fun Fun Fest apart from other music festivals, both inside and outside of Austin, is more than just the acts they bring in - it’s the atmosphere Transmission creates. It’s hard to describe exactly how, but every part of the festival - whether it’s the bands, the skating, or the art - adds to an environment conducive of just having a damn good time. This year was no exception. There were highlights from all three days, but today’s post focuses exclusively on Friday.

I spent most of my Friday hangin’ at the Orange Stage, and I got to see some acts that I never thought I would be able to see as a result. Kurt Vile was just great - the band sounded just like they do on the albums! Next up was The Walkmen - a band I’ve been wanting to see for years, since I heard Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone for the first time. After getting over some early technical issues, the band played a killer set.

Next up was Snoop Dogg, or so I thought. I was just a few beers in by this point, but I already couldn’t read the schedule. You can imagine my disappointment when, expecting Snoop to take the stage, four Australians came out instead. My slight anguish subsided once Cut Copy started playing their brand of electronic rock. I should say they’re sometimes electronic, sometimes rock - the band did an excellent job of balancing the two genres and maintaining high energy throughout their set. It’s refreshing to see electronic music played with real instruments.

Then came Snoop...what does he go by these days? On Friday, his name was Snoop Dogg, and his set was basically a live mixtape of the best songs he’s ever done, from “Drop It Like It’s Hot” to “Gin and Juice.” His on-stage entourage consisted of two back-up dancers, two back-up rappers - who were incredibly talented, by the way - and a dancing dog mascot. The festival lived up to the hype here. All of this, combined with Snoop’s smooth rhyming and bass-heavy West Coast beats, easily made it the most fun set of the weekend.

I don’t want to give the impression that the festival was all downhill after Snoop Dogg’s set on Friday. The rest of the weekend was equally awesome, so check back this Thursday for my recap of Fun Fun Fun Saturday and Sunday. We’ll be airing interviews with some of the SXSW alumni who performed at this year’s Fun Fun Fun (including Dessa, pictured above) beginning tomorrow exclusively on SXSWfm. You can tune in on your mobile device or desktop by clicking here.

Tune in to SXSWfm tomorrow to hear our interview with Dessa (above) at Fun Fun Fun. Photo by Rory Burbeck.