The FADER FORT, long positioned as the spot to see live music during its March homestead in Austin, will for the first time expand its programming to six full days of live performances and unique activations with two events: Toyota Prius Presents The Arcade at The FADER FORT from Monday, March 14 to Tuesday, March 15; and The FADER FORT Presented by Converse: the annual celebration of emerging artists and culture, March 16-19. The Arcade will celebrate some of the most innovative minds, artists, and brands that intersect music, artistic creation and technology, and The FADER FORT Presented by Converse will feature some of the best in emerging and established artists, including Davido, Kamaiyah, N.A.A.F.I, Desiigner, Sheer Mag, Metro Boomin, and more.
The full lineup for both events will be announced in full via The FADER by March 10. For more information on The FADER FORT programming, head to https://www.thefader.com/2016/03/01/the-fader-fort-austin-2016.
The FADER, the publication that originally brought The FADER FORT to Austin in 2001, has been credited with bringing early performances of then unknown acts including The Black Keys, Florence and the Machine, Amy Winehouse, Sam Smith, and more to the stage early on in their careers. The programming for this year’s FADER FORT, now expanded to six full days, is focused on bringing the magic of discovery back to audiences across the expanding scope of the publication’s coverage through tech, comedy, art, style, and music.
“The FADER FORT is such an important time of year for our brand, and after 15 years of bringing it to Austin, we’ve been amazed to see the incredible response from artists and our readers,” said Andy Cohn, president and publisher of The FADER. “This year we’re bringing along additional partners to turn our four-day event into a six-day takeover of our iconic 3-acre lot, and more importantly, we’re continuing to bring the magic of discovery to fans with a lineup of artists and creators that we’re incredibly excited to introduce to our audience early on.”
For the first time, The FADER is expanding its presence in Austin to cover six days of programming, which includes a two-day, first-time partnership with Toyota and the all-new Prius. From March 14-15, 3-8pm, Toyota Presents The Arcade at The FADER FORT will feature various stations and performances from emerging and established names in tech, gaming, and comedy, that will carry into the rest of the week’s activities. Programming at The Arcade will be announced later this week on TheFADER.com.
“Toyota recognizes that consumers are just as passionate about environmental stewardship as they are music and technology,” says Dionne Colvin-Lovely, Director, Traditional and New Media, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “Partnering with The FADER provides a unique opportunity to merge two worlds our guests have a vested interest in, while inviting them to engage with the all-new Prius in an interactive and experiential way.”
In its fifth year as the presenting partner for The FADER FORT, Converse, Inc. is back to support and showcase emerging artists and culture in Austin from March 16-19. The FADER FORT Presented by Converse provides a one-of-a-kind environment for music fans to take part during the four-day festival. This year’s The FADER FORT Presented by Converse will continue to present some of today’s most innovative programming and emerging artists to invited fans.
“As Converse continues our commitment to artistic communities worldwide, we’re excited to partner with The FADER again this year as they bring music discovery to The FADER FORT Presented by Converse,” said John Aldrich, Converse Vice President of North America Marketing. “Our ongoing mission is to encourage creativity and self-expression around the globe, and The FADER FORT sets the perfect stage for emerging artists to showcase their talents.”
Getty Images has partnered with The FADER FORT to showcase archived photography of performances from the 15-year event, landscaped across the venue. Additionally, Getty photographers will be onsite throughout the venue, capturing images of fans and activations for living photo instillations, and its #GettyGotMe social campaign, where guests will have access to the images to share with friends.
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey will be our proud distilled spirits partner for the second year in a row with featured cocktails for guests age 21+. All invited guests at “The FADER FORT Presented by Converse” are 21+ and encouraged to please drink responsibly.
Budweiser will be served to guests 21+ at the bar, and people can visit the Budweiser lounge to get temporary flash tattoos and complimentary haircuts, provided by ‘Handsome Buds’.
SiriusXM is returning for its fifth year at The FADER FORT and will broadcast live all four days on SiriusXMU, North America’s indie rock channel, on SiriusXM channel 35, and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. For more information, visit www.siriusxm.com/siriusxmu.
The FADER FORT Presented by Converse will once again share performances from The FADER FORT, and exclusive artist interviews with fans around the world via a live stream on TheFADER.com.