Fort Worth Music Festival to debut at Will Rogers, Fortress Fest


By: Juan R Govea

Fortress Festival has unveiled the full performance schedule for its inaugural event, slated to make its debut this April 29 & 30 in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. Two-day and single-day GA and VIP tickets are still available for purchase at


14711301_1103980513048554_8170878532781019586_o.jpg            Trey Hicks of Giant Noise: Public Relations, Social Media & Events stated, Attendees at the first-year fest will be able to catch at least a portion of every single music performer at the two-day event. Saturday is definitely more of an upbeat party with most of the hip-hop and electronic acts performing that day including headliner Run The Jewels, while Sunday is a bit more tranquil and relaxing with a mix of mostly indie and rock acts that concludes with the Day 2 headliner Purity Ring.”

The fest will offer ticket holders music from across the globe featuring internationally acclaimed headline artists alongside some of today’s hottest music acts, as well as a variety of local artists and boundary-testing musical pioneers. Taking place in the Cultural District of Fort Worth and in partnership with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the festival will feature two stages—one on the grounds of the Will Rogers Memorial Center and another on the reflecting pond at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

The Will Rogers stage will host the fests main headliners, rap duo Run the Jewels on Saturday night, as well as indie-electro darlings Purity Ring on Sunday night, which happens to mark the band’s only currently scheduled performance worldwide in 2017.

At the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, British post-punk artist Peter Hook, Wolf Parade, and Stranger Things composers SURVIVE, will perform on an ultra low-profile stage situated on the reflecting pond, which promoters say will be adorned with a dazzling light and sound system custom designed and programmed for the space. Fest patrons will be able to peruse priceless modern art in the museum galleries for free with their Fortress Festival wristbands. Galleries will stay open to Fortress audiences, after they close to the public, until 9:00 PM.

Additional performers for the two-day event include Grammy-nominated electronic music producer Flying Lotus; recently reunited English dream-pop band Slowdive; Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats; Houndmouth; Wolf Parade; Alvvays; Whitney; Dengue Fever; and a range of DFW-based acts like Quaker City Night Hawks; Sam Lao; Sudie; Blue, The Misfit.; Cure for Paranoia; and more. The full music performance schedule can be found below.

Fortress Fest organizers state that the event will be comparable to any other major metropolitan festival, with an overall new experience for attendees of all ages.

Single-day general admission passes to the fest are just $65, while single-day VIP passes cost $145. Additionally, GA weekend passes are still available for $105 as well as two-day VIP weekend passes, which are on sale for $275. Both GA and VIP passes offer free access to the Modern’s galleries during the festival with extended gallery hours exclusively for Fortress audiences. Perks for VIP ticket-holders include exclusive events, preferred viewing areas, an official Fortress Festival t-shirt, free parking, expedited entry, exclusive food and drink offerings, dedicated lounges and restroom facilities, exclusive guided gallery tours at the Modern, discounts on the merchandise from the Modern, memberships and programs, and additional amenities that will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Fortress Fest partners who helped make the event possible, include: the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, KXT-FM (91.7 FM) and Deep Eddy Vodka.







10:00 PM – End: Run The Jewels

8:30 PM – 9:30 PM: Flying Lotus

6:45 PM – 7:45 PM: Houndmouth

5:30 PM – 6:15 PM: Blue, The Misfit.

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM: Bobby Sessions

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM: Ronnie Heart

2:00 PM: Doors Open*



9:00 PM – End: S U R V I V E

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Wolf Parade

6:15 PM – 7:00 PM: Burning Hotels

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM: Sam Lao

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM: Cure for Paranoia





9:30 PM – End: Purity Ring

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Slowdive

6:30 PM – 7:35 PM: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

5:15 PM – 6:00 PM: Quaker City Night Hawks

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM: Dengue Fever

2:00 PM: Doors Open*



8:30 PM – End: Peter Hook & The Light

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Alvvays

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Whitney

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM: Golden Dawn Arkestra

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM: Sudie


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