Besides moving from August to November, Houston Whatever Fest plans to expand its footprint around Warehouse Live to an area about five times larger than last year’s and add attractions ranging from live wrestling matches to a giant television that will show both football and many sets by its musical performers. Scheduled to headline this year are Canadian New Wave revivalists Metric, who opened for Imagine Dragons last week at Toyota Center; Richmond, Va. costume-metal troupe GWAR; Wu-Tang Clan MC GZA, performing all of his classic 1995 album Liquid Swords; and popular Austin techno-rock duo Ghostland Observatory’s first Houston appearance in more than three years.
In all, about 45 musical acts will perform at the two-day event, scheduled for November 21 and 22. Other names spread out across the festival’s five stages include Saint Motel, Heartless Bastards, the Ataris, Digital Underground MC Shock G, Austin’s Grupo Fantasma and NightDrive, metal from Battlecross and Born of Osiris, and indie-rockers the Front Bottoms, Family of the Year (whom you may recognize from the Boyhood soundtrack) and Elvis Depressedly, who stopped by Walters Downtown earlier this month.
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Locals on the bill start with rappers Lil Flip and Fat Tony, dancehall DJ and producer Ape Drums, and a number of Houston Press Music Award Nominees: The Suspects, Def Perception, the Dead Rabbits, thelastplaceyoulook, We Were Wolves, Catch Fever, Sunrise and Ammunition, Guilla, Bang Bangz, Say Girl Say, Black Kite and Gio Chamba. Still more Houston acts include Satelllite D’Homme, Seldom, Dead to the World, Not In the Face, Armstrong Leigh, Auto Fellatio Dreams, Brand New Hearts, Waterparks, MNYNMS, BirdMagic and DJs Fredster, Damon Allen and Lacey Youngblood.
Patterned after Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, HWF’s previously announced comedy lineup stretches to almost 50 performers like T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley), Doug Benson (Last Comic Standing), Brooks Whelan (Saturday Night Live) and locals Bob Biggerstaff and Sam Demaris. The festival also plans to add numerous street performers and an art component that includes exhibition space for more than 150 local artists, a “3-D Blacklight Experience” and a live-painting competition called “Canvas Combat.” Or, if all you want to do is watch football, you can do that too... on the world’s largest HD television set, which will show college and NFL games all weekend (including the Texans), as well as video feeds from some of the headliners' sets.
Early Bird two-day passes to the festival will start at $45 and be available for several weeks after they go on sale at noon this Monday, July 27. See houstonwhateverfest.com for further details.