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Popular Texas music and beer fest returns with new name for 2017

Popular Texas music and beer fest returns with new name for 2017

Untapped Festival
Goodbye Untapped, hello Index Fest. Index Festival/Facebook

UPDATE: The brewery lineup for Index Fest 2017 has been released. Austin Beerworks, Hops & Grain Brewing, and Jester King Brewery are just a taste of the 75 names on this year's bill. View the full list here.

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Austin's spring festival season is heating up with another new addition.

In an announcement on Tuesday, March 28, the folks behind Untapped Festival revealed their decision to rebrand the celebration in 2017 to Index Fest, a Texas-based event series that continues its predecessor's obsession with live music and craft beer.

Local Natives will headline the inaugural fest, which will take over the Austin American-Statesman parking lot on May 13. Also on the bill are Frenship, Grizfolk, Calliope Musicals, and DJ Mark Markus. The beer list has yet to be released, but you can look forward to over 80 visiting breweries.

There's more in store too. "The same focus of securing a highly curated selection of craft beer and music will remain a top priority, but the long-term vision for Index Fest now includes elevating the new components of high-quality food and arts," reads a festival announcement.

"We can't wait to share this rebranded festival and all of the delicious craft beer, fun musical performances, food, and art with Austin," Index Fest owner Brad Weiss says. 

Just like Untapped, Index will make the rounds across Texas. The festival is scheduled to pop up at Fort Worth's Panther Island Pavilion on June 3 and Dallas' Fair Park on November 11. Dates and locations for the San Antonio and Houston events will be announced later.

Early bird tickets are on sale now for $20 each. Act fast, because prices will go up Thursday, March 30. Sampling and VIP packages are also up for grabs, starting at $35.