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October 27, 2008
Details have been announced for the 2008 Fun Fun Fun Festival, taking place at Waterloo Park in Austin, Texas, on November 8th and 9th. According to organizers of the event, "the theory behind Fun Fun Fun Fest was to create a fall festival experience that supported emerging artists, the creative class, local business, and bands we just love to see play, regardless of genre or MTV airplay." Whatever their reasons, for the past few years they have succeeded in assembling an ever-expanding lineup of top-notch artists for the two-day festival, which now spans four stages, making the Texas capital the place to be in November as well as March, when it plays host to the massive (and also ever-expanding) South By Southwest music/film/media festival. Oh, and there's also the Austin City Limits festival, which we have of course covered as well. Now you can add Fun Fun Fun to the list of bona fide festivals.

Earlier this year, festival promoters announced the weekend's initial line up, which includes a one-off reunion of the legendary Dead Milkmen, as well as sets from classic outfits like Bad Brains, Scared of Chaka and Bouncing Souls. But don't think the 3xF-Fest lineup caters only to the fuddy-duddies, as there will also be jams by new geniuses like Deerhoof, Atmosphere, Clipse, The Black Heart Procession, et cetera. And of course what festival lineup would be complete without the over-rated: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Minus the Bear, and the comedy act Tim & Eric's Awesome Show will be on hand as well. Speaking of laughable, along with the extensive musical lineup, this year the festival will incorporate several comedic acts, with the Coldtowne and Altercation Punk Rock comedy hours already on the bill, as well as comic rapper Dragonboy Suede. More updates for the festival will be released throughout the month of October.

Tickets for the event, which "are priced to accommodate fans of all shapes and sizes," are available throughout several Austin-area retail outlets and, since it is 2008, they are to be had online as well. In truth, two-day passes are really only available at two price points - Regular ($59.99) and Student ($50.99) - along with the applicable service charges. But, considering the ticket prices for similarly star-studded festivals, not to mention all the oil money flowing into the Lone Star state these days, $30 per day isn't half bad when you scroll through the list of performers. The complete lineup looks a little something like this:

Stage 1: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The National, Atmosphere, Minus The Bear, The Black Heart Procession, St Vincent, Black Angels, And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Deerhoof, Rival Schools, Islands, The Annuals, Bishop Allen, Centro-matic, Frightened Rabbit, Spinto Band, Parts and Labor, Colourmusic, Experimental Dental School, 27, Til We're Blue or Destroy, Paul Green's School of Rock, Ume, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears

Stage 2: Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Neil Hamburger, Tim Fite, Magnetic Morning (members of Swervedriver and Interpol), Kevin Seconds, the Cynics, Ugly Beats, Walter Schreifels, Pepi Ginsberg, James Petralli, El Paso Hot Button, The Revival Tour (with members of Hot Water Music, Against Me!, Lucero and Avail), Coldtowne Comedy Hour, Altercation Punk Rock Comedy hour, Matt Beardan, Chris Fairbanks, Dragonboy Suede, Golden Arm Trio, Grampall Jookabox, Spot & Albert

Stage 3: Bad Brains, ALL, Dead Milkmen, Adolescents, Integrity, Bouncing Souls, Swingin Utters, DOA, Killdozer, Cromags, Scared of Chaka, Young Widows, Leftover Crack, Trash Talk, World Burns to Death, Krumbums, Mammoth Grinder, Cute Lepers, Bitter End, High Tension Wires, Born to Lose, Camp X-Ray, Municipal Waste

Stage 4: Clipse, Z-trip, Dan Deacon, Grupo Fantasma, Kool Keith/Dr. Octagon, Octopus Project, Dengue Fever, Brownout!, Franki Chan, Toxic Avenger, Hawnay Troof, Starlynx/bigface, Richard Henry, YACHT, J*davey, Zeale and Phranchyze, Terp2it, Shane Tyson

If any of the acts included in the festival lineup are unfamiliar, the event organizers have put together a page of streaming audio to clear up any mysteries. To get a feel for the event, there is also a recap montage video from the 2007 festival.

SEE ALSO: www.funfunfunfest.com

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Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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