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Fun Fun Fun Fest: Friday Recap

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Photo by: Daryl Ontiveros | Staff Photographer
Cheap Trick performing Nov. 6 at the 10th annual Fun Fun Fun Fest..

The first day of Fun Fun Fun Fest featured rain, flying tacos, and a successful on stage marriage proposal.

The day began at 12:30 p.m. with performances by Think No Think, Kembe X, and Future Death.

Each of these shows seemed to set the tone for what people could expect from each stage during the weekend.

The stages featured eight to nine performers throughout the day. The Blue Stage starred rap and electronic musicians, while the Orange Stage was heavy on Rock and Roll and the Black Stage took on an alternative punk rock spin.

The festival also had a Yellow Stage that featured stand up comedy and poetry.

The forecast didn’t seem to scare off the any of the crowds, who began forming as early as 10 a.m. to secure their spot in line.

Regan Glowers, Austin resident, said he decided arriving before the gates opened was the best call after last years long Friday lines kept him from the music for hours.

“I told myself it would be better to get here and wait the two hours so that I wouldn’t end up missing any of todays music,” Glowers said. “My friends thought I was crazy, but after the mix-up that happened last year I wasn’t taking any chances.”

Rain held off until the early afternoon, and light showers gave way to a chilly evening that included performances by Babes in Toyland, Peaches and Toro Y Moi.

Babes in Toyland brought their signature punk rock flare to the stage while Toro Y Moi delivered a relaxing attitude to the crowd, but the concert that seemed to leave the biggest impression in this 5 o’clock time slot was Peaches.

The electronic performer kept the audience interested by appearing on stage in multiple costumes throughout the course of her show. As if that wasn’t enough to surprise members of the crowd, her performance concluded with a surprise marriage proposal on stage that left everyone speechless.

Alicia Donovan. Round Rock resident, said she has been a fan of Peaches ever since the artist made her debut at the 2006 festival.

“She was one of the headliners at the first Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2006 and I was lucky enough to be there,” Donovan said. “I have been looking forward to seeing her back her again ever since.”

Cheap Trick and Rae Sremmurd each seemed to dominate totally different age groups during their 7:15 p.m. and 7:35 p.m. performances.

Sremmurd showed teenagers and college age students what ‘SremmLife’ is all about, while Cheap Trick performed hits such as “I Want You to Want Me” and “Hello There” with Austin’s downtown skyline dazzling in the background.

Chvrches closed out the night on the festivals main orange stage with an animated performance by lead singer Lauren Mayberry, who’s high energy delighted the audience and got people dancing along to each song.

The atmosphere the band created was the ideal way to bring day one of the festival to a close.