Free Press Summer Fest Move

Deja vu: Free Press Summer Festival is moving to NRG Park — again

Deja vu: Free Press Summer Festival is moving to NRG Park — again

heat relief water station at Free Press Summer Fest
Free Press Summer Festival is returning to NRG Park, where it was held last year. Water stations are expected to be part of scenery as they were last year. Photo by © Michelle Watson/

The threat of flooding along Buffalo Bayou has sent the Free Press Summer Festival to NRG Park for the second year in a row.

Organizers announced Sunday that music festival on June 4 and 5 will move from Eleanor Tinsley Park to the Yellow Lot at 1 NRG Park. Although Eleanor Tinsley Park, located on Allen Parkway near downtown Houston, has not flooded as it did last year during the mammoth Memorial Day storms, heavy rains all last week have saturated the area, making the construction of temporary structures problematic.

The decision to relocate this year's event was agreed upon with the cooperation of the City of Houston Mayor's Office of Special Events and NRG Park.

"While we are disappointed to move the festival again this year, we have a solid plan in place for fans to have a great FPSF experience at NRG Park. The safety of our patrons, artists and staff, as well as the preservation of Eleanor Tinsley Park are of the highest priority to all involved," said festival co-founder Jagi Katial said in a statement.

All tickets will be honored at the new venue. Performance schedules are expected to remain the same, with doors opening at 11 am  both Saturday and Sunday. Fans should check the festival website  and download the mobile app to learn of schedule changes.

Last year,  organizers set up misting stations and free areas to fill up water bottles on the NRG grounds to combat the heat. Even so, the Houston fire department has at least 57 emergency calls. No cooler, tents or canopies are allowed into the festival grounds, but towels, blankets, hats, and empty water containers can be brought in. (For a full list of allowed and prohibited items, go to the FPSF website.)

This year's lineup includes performances from deadmau5, Modest Mouse, The National, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, The Chainsmokers, Leon Bridges, Young the Giant, Zeds Dead, Jamie xx, Big Gigantic, Gogol Bordello, Matt and Kim, Big Grams, Logic, ColleGrove (Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz), Father John Misty, Zola Jesus, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lewis Del Mar, and more.