FPSF 2012 attendance estimate breaks record

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A rep for the Free Press Summer Fest says the paid attendance estimate for this weekend was 92,000. We’re still waiting for a breakdown between the two days. FPSF’s success can be attributed in part to a bigger second stage — with performers including Primus, the Flaming Lips, Two Door Cinema Club and the Descendents — that often prompted goers to bounce back and forth between it and the main stage. Attendance estimate last year was around 60,000.

Outside the numbers FPSF has enjoyed visible growth in the few short years since Of Montreal and Explosions in the Sky were among its headliners. With a mix of roots, rock, hip-hop, soul and dance music the festival played to a diversity fitting the city. Local and regional talent seemed to pull bigger crowds than in years past.

Passageways from the two main stages were strained at times, suggesting if the festival is to grow further, it may need to expand across the bayou in Eleanor Tinsley Park. And some solution may be needed for cellular communications, which seemed to shut down for much of the weekend due to the onslaught of attendees and their digital devices. But such concerns will undoubtedly be addressed as FPSF turns five next year.

–Andrew Dansby

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