Fortress Festival came back for its second year Better Than Ever

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By Anthony Najera

Fortress Festival is definitely beginning to make its mark with its return for the second year in its short history. Fort Worth’s annual premiere music festival spanned 2 days, from April 28-29th, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center and had quite a notable lineup featuring big hitters such as Father John Misty, Chromeo, De La Soul and Chicano Batman (just to name a few).

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The diverse lineup seemed specifically curated to cater to both the younger and older crowd. Many improvements were made following last years lineup, most import of which was having the 2 stages within a brief walking distance of one another, making the transition between them a breeze.

The layout of the entire festival was well thought out, with tons of local vendors and food options. Its always great when you can grab a local cold brew to give you that energy to get through the rest of the day and cool you down in the hot sun!

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While the main stage and secondary stage were vastly different in size, the crowd didn’t seem to care. Both stages drew sizeable audiences for both the headliners and local acts alike. That’s a trait to love about Ft. Worth and their cowtown spirit; although ticket holders may have been drawn in by the big names, they’ll show their support for their local acts as well.

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Though there were some technical difficulties getting mics checked and the instruments working, they were quickly forgotten as the music got underway. Each artist was happy to be playing for Fort Worth (or Dallas, depending on who you ask) and put on energetic sets. From left to right, front to back, the audience were loving every second. There was something for everyone and Fortress Fest kept the party going all weekend long.

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While Fortress Fest still has room to grow, their second outing proved better than their first. I look forward to what they’ll bring to the table next year as they make strides in the DFW festival market. See ya next year FF!