Fortress Festival Announces Full Lineup



FORT WORTH, TX – Fortress Presents has revealed the full music lineup for the third annual Fortress Festival, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 & 28 in Fort Worth, Texas. Weekend GA and VIP passes are available now for purchase at

Since inception, Fortress has offered a highly-curated and unique lineup of music acts with an emphasis on showcasing both creative and boundary-pushing national performers alongside some of the best talent from DFW and across the state of Texas. 2019 will be no different. Newly announced acts include Scottish synth-pop trio CHVRCHES, who released their third studio album, Love Is Dead, this past May and whose performance marks the band’s first show in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since 2015; Rae Sremmurd, the chart-topping rap duo behind some of the most popular hip-hop songs of the past decade, including “Black Beatles,” “No Type,” and “Swang,” and who released their third studio project, SR3MM, this past May which served as a triple album; pop and R&B singer/songwriter/dancer Tinashe, who released her latest album, Joyride, this past April in addition to releasing more new music in recent months with another album rumored to be coming soon; and the London-based electronic-indie-pop collective Superorganism, who released their self-titled debut album this past March after bursting onto the music scene just a couple years ago.

50C17025-3BDE-4E61-B30B-042EC494BF83Courtney Barnett at Fortress Festival 2018 | Photo Credit: Adrian Gandara

In partnership with the internationally acclaimed Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fortress Festival 2019 will again offer music lovers from North Texas and across the country a boutique music festival experience celebrating music, art, and culture.

Similar to last year, the event will take place in the highly renowned Cultural District of Fort Worth – home to some of the most lauded art museums in the country, including Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Kimbell Art Museum – and will be entirely housed within the spacious lawn adjacent to the Will Rogers Coliseum, featuring two outdoor main stages with non-overlapping sets to ensure fans are able to catch every minute of each performance on each main stage. This year’s main stage is sponsored by Dickies®, the Fort Worth-headquartered global workwear brand, with the second stage being sponsored by Seagrams 7 Crown Whiskey.

Additional recently announced performers include a variety of Texas-based acts highlighting the state’s diverse yet high-quality music offerings, such as psych-funk trio Khruangbin (Houston, TX), who opened on tour this fall for another Fortress Festival 2019 performer, Leon Bridges, after releasing their second album, Con Todo El Mundo, in January to praise from critics and fans alike. Other notable newly added festival performers from Texas include tropical-fusion duo Gio Chamba (Houston, TX); Blackillac (Austin, TX), a brand new rap group that features production led by legend Gary Clark Jr.; Solar Slim (Fort Worth, TX), who is best known as half of the chart-topping rapper/producer collective Otaku Gang; and one of Dallas’ most exciting up-and-coming rappers, Cardiac the Ghost (Dallas, TX).

228390D8-2D68-4796-9D8A-27017322E24CFather John Misty at Fortress Fest 2018 |Photo Credit: Adrian Gandara

Previously announced acts include two-time Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Leon Bridges, whose festival performance will mark the first large concert performance in his current hometown of Fort Worth; 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Contest winners Tank and the Bangas; Dallas’ own acclaimed hip-hop lyricist and recent Def Jam Records signee Bobby Sessions; Austin-based psych-rock band The Bright Light Social Hour; and several other notable up-and-coming performers from across Texas, like Abhi the Nomad (Austin, TX); Red Shahan (Lubbock, TX); Adrian Stresow (Dallas, TX); Sailor Poon (Austin, TX); and Luna Luna (Dallas, TX); in addition to Fort Worth’s own The Cush and War Party.

This will mark the third annual Fortress Festival, which cumulatively has played host to over 20,000 total attendees across the event’s first two years. Since inception, Fortress Festival has welcomed to its stages a variety of high-caliber music talent from Texas and around the globe, with previous acts including Father John Misty, Run the Jewels, Courtney Barnett, Purity Ring, Flying Lotus, De La Soul, RZA, Slowdive, The Voidz, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Peter Hook & The Light, tUnE-yArDs, Houndmouth, Chicano Batman, Whitney, Jay Som, SURVIVE, and many others.

20180428_Chromeo_2XPR7691Chromeo at Fortress Festival 2018 | Photo Credit: Benjamin Oliver Hicks

Leon Bridges
Rae Sremmurd **
Khruangbin **
Tinashe **
Tank and the Bangas
Superorganism **
Bobby Sessions
Abhi the Nomad
Red Shahan
The Bright Light Social Hour
Gio Chamba **
Blackillac **
Sailor Poon
The Cush
Solar Slim **
Adrian Stresow
War Party
Cardiac the Ghost **
Luna Luna
TBD (*Do214 Contest Winner*)
** Denotes new lineup additions

Two-day GA tickets are on sale now for just $109 at Two-day VIP passes are also available for purchase online for $229, offering ticket-buyers the utmost festival-going experience. VIP perks include exclusive events, preferred viewing areas, free parking, expedited entry, exclusive food and drink offerings, dedicated lounges and restroom facilities, discounts on Modern merchandise, memberships, and programs, and additional amenities that will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Continuing the tradition from past years, both GA and VIP festival passes offer FREE access to the Modern’s galleries during the festival, including exclusive late-night access.

Stay tuned as additional festival details will be announced in the coming months, including the daily lineup, single-day tickets, and the full performance schedule.


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