Purity Ring by Randy Cremean

photos by Randy Cremean & Tyler Robinson

Fort Worth's inaugural Fortress Festival got off to a delayed start due to the threat of inclement weather, but eventually gained momentum on day one, despite the strong wind and cool temps, as Run the Jewels and Flying Lotus turned one side of the park into a hip-hop haven. Day two saw bright sunshine and really showcased the potential of this new festival. The Will Rogers Stage is set in a bucolic park, while the Modern Stage is placed in the pool on the grounds of the Modern Art Museum, with that building's stunning architecture serving as a backdrop. Austin's Golden Dawn Arkestra, playing the Modern Stage, seemed to float above the reflecting pool as they got the entire crowd dancing to their space funk. Seminal British shoegaze band, Slowdive, kicked off their North American tour, playing for many fans who'd waited two decades to see them again. Closing out the fest was Purity Ring, who, playing their final show of this tour cycle, turned in an inspired performance.