Fortress Festival announces surprise music addition with Chromeo as Saturday night headliner


Fortress Festival has revealed the final additions to the 2018 music lineup, including Chromeo, who will headline and close out the first day of the second annual event, set to take place Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, in the Cultural District of Fort Worth.

Founded in 2016, Fortress Festival is a two-day festival in Fort Worth that takes place thanks to a partnership between Fortress Presents and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

All musical acts slated to play at the at the second annual event have been announced. The complete list is as follows:


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De La Soul

RZA ft. Stone Mecca

Chicano Batman

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The Voidz


Hurray for the Riff Raff


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Shabazz Palaces

Jay Som


Cure for Paranoia

Juma Spears

Sammy Kidd (of Mean Motor Scooter)

Francine Thirteen


Father John Misty

Courtney Barnett


Lee Fields & The Expressions

The Texas Gentlemen


Ronnie Heart

Midnight Opera

Henry the Archer

Andy Pickett

Pearl Earl

In its continued partnership with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the festival also announced a series of performances featuring local music acts that will take place from noon to 3 p.m. during Day 1 on Saturday, April 28, inside the Museum’s auditorium. Juma Spears, Sammy Kidd and Francine Thirteen will perform exclusively at the Modern.

The performances at the Modern’s auditorium are entirely free to attend, but due to limited space interested attendees must RSVP in advance through dedicated links that will go live on Sunday, April 1. However, Fortress ticket-buyers will have the first opportunity to RSVP to these auditorium performances.

The 2018 event will be entirely housed within the spacious lawn adjacent to the Will Rogers Coliseum and will include two outdoor main stages featuring non-overlapping sets in an effort by organizers to address attendees’ concerns from the festival’s inaugural year regarding the distance and overall entry process between the main stages.

Patrons will have the option to leave the festival and visit the Modern using their festival wristband for both the free auditorium shows on Saturday, and general access to the Museum both days of the festival.

Continuing the tradition established last year, both GA and VIP passes offer free access to the Modern’s galleries during the festival; specific admission hours will be announced at a later time. The finalized festival sitemap and layout will be revealed closer to the festival dates.

Early bird single-day passes are $44 and two-day general admission tickets is on sale now for $99 while supplies last as well as two-day VIP passes for $225 at

Regular prices increase to $59 and $149 for GA and VIP single-day passes, respectively. Festival parking passes are also available for purchase for just $15 per day or $25 for a two-day pass.

Both general admission and VIP passes offer free access to the Modern’s galleries during the festival. Gallery hours will be announced at a later time.

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