Batman has returned and saved Fun Fun Fun Fest.
Following a December vote by the Austin City Council to close Auditorium Shores for renovations for most of 2014, the location of this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest was left up in the air. (In case you missed it, you can read our previous coverage here and here.)
As is evident in the video, Batman (or Mayor Lee Leffingwell in a Batman suit) has saved the day and returned FFF to Auditorium Shores and Butler Park for this year's three-day celebration of music, extreme sports and comedy which will be held from November 7-9. While the video doesn't clarify exactly what Leffingwell did to ensure it will stay at the Shores, the video does thank the mayor along with city council members for their support.
The shuttering of the Shores did not come without some controversy, especially when news broke that the renovations would displace the almost 20 events held in the public space every year — including Fun Fun Fun. "We are very excited," said Bobby Garza, general manager of Transmission Events (FFF's umbrella company) in a press release. "Once the renovation plan was revealed, Auditorium Shores and the future of events there has been a hot topic in Austin. As a veteran user of this park, we are happy that we were able to come to an agreement with parks, neighbors, stakeholders and city officials on a plan that our city leaders could get behind,"
While no acts were announced for the Fest, Transmission did announce that early bird tickets will go on sale on February 12.