Fortress Fest Re-Cap

More than 9,000 audience members attended Fortress Festival’s two-day weekend, which took place in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. The inaugural Festival featured acclaimed headliners alongside some of today’s up-and-coming music acts, local artists and musical pioneers. The festival featured 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.

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With Saturday’s rain delays causing performances to be cancelled the show resumed at 5 p.m. Saturday’s performers included the Grammy nominated experimental electronic music producer Flying Lotus, whose 3D visual performance electrified Day one crowds. Alt-country rock band Houndmouth; Canadian indie rock band Wolf Parade; Austin-based electro-synth group S U R V I V E; and several acclaimed acts from the DFW area like The Burning Hotels; Blue, The Misfit.; and Sam Lao had crowds racing from stage to stage.

Run the Jewels, Headlined night one of the event and performed Run the Jewels 3, the group’s third album released this past Christmas Day.


Day two headliner, and indie band Purity Ring, provided attendees a truly live show that perfectly blended the band’s beloved live electronica and dazzling light displays in the duo’s only scheduled performance of 2017.

Fortress Festival’s Day two played host to Slowdive, who are slated to release their first album in over 22 years on May 5; and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, who just released a new EP, A Little Something More from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, this past November.

Peter Hook & The Light, led by former Joy Division and New Order bassist performed to attendees a mix of songs new and old.
indie-rockers Whitney, performed after debuting their album Light Upon the Lake

Fort Worthian performers, Quaker City Night Hawks; the female-fronted garage-rock group Dengue Fever; psych rock collective Golden Dawn Arkestra; and a more local acts like Sudie and So-So Topic, all played magically visual sets.

Festival-goers were offered the opportunity to visit and walk through The Modern’s art collection of art during the festival each day and night. Top food vendors and trucks in Fort Worth were onsite throughout the weekend offering attendees a variety of local options, including Cannon Chinese Kitchen, Emojis Grilled Cheese Bar, Salsa Limón, Shawarma Point and more.

For more information on the festival, please visit Make sure to follow Fortress Festival on Facebook at, as well as on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat at @FortressFest for updates and special promotions. The Festival’s official hashtag is #FortressFest.

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