Fun Fun Fun Fest seemed to be off to a better start yesterday (Nov. 8) with no lines in sight and double, or perhaps even triple, the amount of staff to check people in at the entrance. All smooth sailing and smiles were everywhere; I think I even saw some high-fives pretty early in the afternoon.
Metz played such a high-energy set that you would have never guessed they were playing 3PM. Lead singer and guitar player, Alex Edkins, not only shreds but also throws himself all over the stage -- which could explain all the holes in his jeans.
And Gary Numan brought just as much energy to his show. Fans of '90s-era Nine Inch Nails absolutely loved his set; he is a sight to behold and arguably could have held the set just by himself onstage.
An act that surprised us -- and you should do everything you can to check them out soon -- was Australian Courtney Barnett. Although not much was known about her before the set, her solid guitar playing, lyrics and overall performance leads us to believe big things are in store for her.
Iceage sported a relatively new lead singer, Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, who brought a slightly different energy to the Danish punk band. Although the average band member is about 22-years-old, the act doesn't sound that young. Speaking of age, enter Z-Trip. "How many of you remember these," he asked as he held up a vinyl record -- the crowd cheered loudly.
Everyone remembers the last time the Black Lips were at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2012; Val Kilmer was filming a movie and he took the opportunity to bust out a guitar as well as cut off a chunk of his hair with a knife in a very punk rock fashion. The Lips brought that same energy without the Hollywood stars; they are always a favorite in Austin.
The New Pornographers, sans Kurt Dahle who left the band about two months ago, still filled out a massive set with hit after hit. The crowd was simply mesmerized by the performance (and so were we!).
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album, 'Illmatic,' Nas stood solo on the headling stage and played all of his singles to a packed house of rabid fans and even causal festgoers who wanted to see a legend at work. Meanwhile, King Diamond also brought a crazed fanbase that was obviously devoted to one of the all-time metal greats.
To finish out the night, we made it just in time to see Modest Mouse, where the most devoted fans had waited nearly all day in order to be in the front row and sing along with every word.
Check out all of our exclusive shots from yesterday’s sets below and stay tuned for our final day of coverage coming soon: