Fort Worth is only weeks away from one of North Texas’ most enviable music events of the year. Fortress Festival, a two-day music extravaganza April 29 and 30 in the Cultural District, aims to be a big draw not just for Fort Worthians, but for the region.
The festival will feature several heavy hitting acts like Run the Jewels, Purity Ring, Flying Lotus and Slowdive. Local bands made the bill, too, including Quaker City Night Hawks, The Burning Hotels and Ronnie Heart. Fortress Festival co-founder Ramtin Nikzad said the music lineup was chosen to appeal to a wide range of tastes. The family-friendly event will have food, drink and merchandise vendors as well.
The event is the brainchild of Alec Jhangiani and Nikzad, former directors of the Lone Star Film Festival. Nikzad said he and Jhangiani began work on the music festival shortly after departing the movie world. Rather than starting from scratch, the duo built the festival concept around an already established relationship with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
“The partnership with the Modern allowed for the potential of doing Fortress Festival in the Cultural District,” he said. “We were interesting in urban settings. You can listen to your band but also walk into galleries at the Modern and nearby museums.”
The Modern will be open after hours for Fortress Festival pass holders. Several bars and restaurants at nearby West 7th area will be hosting festival after parties.
Nikzad and Jhangiani are already looking down the road to 2018. The Cultural District offers plenty of space and resources, meaning music fans can expect an even bigger Fortress Festival experience next year.
“We wanted to create a festival that isn’t just for Fort Worth but for North Texas,” he said. “We saw the need for a unified music festival that is multi-genre and something that people mark on their calendar year after year.”