FFF Fest lineup includes D’Angelo, Jane’s Addiction, Wu-Tang Clan

Two things are striking about the 2015 Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup, which was released Thursday morning.

The first: The event, which takes place Nov. 6-8, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and has grown from an underground genre fest into a major music fest, is now booking artists in the same league as the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The FFF lineup is littered with artists who either have played, or could easily play, the big brother fest. The most striking is neosoul kingpin D’Angelo, whose career stutter started a few years ago when he was booked then canceled an ACL Fest set, before he came raging back with a brilliant new album at the end of last year. Let’s go ahead and call him the Fun Fun Fun’s biggest “get.” Other ACL alums on the 2015 FFF bill include chillwave pioneer Toro Y Moi, Scottish electro-pop trio Chvrches, dance floor bangers Chromeo, synthesizer and sampler queen Grimes, and Neon Indian. Other buzzy artists who would be just as comfortable at the big fest include Future Islands, Alvvays and Odesza.

Second, while ACL Fest has largely moved away from nostalgia-based bookings — headliners Foo Fighters and ’80s rocker Billy Idol are the Zilker Park fest’s only true legacy acts this year — FFF Fest wholeheartedly embraces them. But it’s a different kind of nostalgia. FFF’s lineup is geared to those of us who came of age in the late ’80s/early ’90s and were “alternative” before it was a radio format. This lineup is for the 40-year-olds who saved up salaries from their after-school jobs to buy a ticket to the first Lollapalooza (Jane’s Addiction will play “Ritual de lo Habitual” in its entirety). It’s for the punks who used to hang out in skate shops (Drive Like Jehu, Venom, Dag Nasty, Skinny Puppy, NoFX) and the music nerds who spent their Clinton-era college years working the graveyard shift at the radio station (Babes in Toyland, the Charlatans UK, Ride, L7). It’s for the Gen X-ers whose early interactions with the Internet were message board battles that consisted of rap lyrics thrown back and forth (Wu-Tang Clan) and inevitably descended into arguments about the merits of true hip-hop (Afrikaa Bambaataa) vs. rap.

Despite the throwback appeal, FFF has always been a music connoisseur’s paradise, and plenty of cutting-edge new artists fill out the bill. Flamboyant, falsetto-voiced dance club commander Shamir, wistful indie rockers Speedy Ortiz and soulful Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ were all big breakouts at South by Southwest this year as was “turnt up” rap brother duo Rae Sremmurd. Rising indie rocker Mikal Cronin, Kendrick Lamar’s Black Hippie Collective brother Schoolboy Q, garage rockers Parquet Courts, chiptune innovators Anamanaguchi and anarchic blues rocker Ben Booker are all great new voices.

Other notable acts include ‘80s rockers Cheap Trick, Antemasque (the new project from At the Drive-In’s Omar Rodríguez-Lópezand Cedric Bixler-Zavala), Emo band American Football, indie rap collective Doomtree, electro-cumbia outfit Bomba Estero and jazz trio Badbadnotgood (hopefully performing with Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah).

The lineup for the festival’s popular comedy tent will be announced later this summer.

Full Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup

Orange stage:
Jane’s Addiction (performing ritual de lo habitual in it’s entirety/25th anniversary)
D’Angelo and the Vanguard
Future Islands
Cheap Trick
Toro Y Moi
American Football
Mikal Cronin
The Charlatans UK
Viet Cong
Speedy Ortiz
Murder By Death
Cass McCombs
Steve Gunn
East Cameron Folklore
A Giant Dog
Think No Think
Ringo Deathstarr

Blue stage:
Wu-Tang Clan
Schoolboy Q
Neon Indian
Rae Sremmurd
Hudson Mohawke
Gesaffelstein (DJ Set)
Joey Bada$$
Big Freedia
Afrika Bambaataa
Slow Magic
Bomba Estereo
Kembe X
Roger Sellers
The Outfit, TX

Black stage:
Venom (only US show)
Gogol Bordello
Coheed and Cambria
Drive Like Jehu
Dag Nasty (only reunion date)
American Nightmare
Chain of Strength
Skinny Puppy
Babes in Toyland
Parquet Courts
La Dispute
Title Fight
Fucked Up
Head Wound City
Dwarves (“Blood, Guts and (expletive)” 30th anniversary)
The King Khan & BBQ Show
Benjamin Booker
Andrew Jackson Jihad
together PANGEA
Power Trip
Joanna Gruesome
American Sharks
Future Death

Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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