Local Natives to headline Index Fest at Statesman parking lot in May
Los Angeles indie-rock band Local Natives will headline Index Fest, a rebranded version of the Untapped Festival that features live music along with craft beer, food and arts, on May 13 in the Austin American-Statesman parking lot.
Local Natives’ two albums for indie label Frenchkiss got them on a 2013 “Austin City Limits” TV episode as well as an ACL Fest appearance that year. The band jumped to major affiliate Loma Vista for 2016’s “Sunlit Youth” and returned to ACL Fest last fall.
Also representing Los Angeles on the bill are electronica duo Frenship, whose minor hit single “Capsize” highlighted their Columbia Records debut album last year, and rock band Grizfolk, an L.A.-based band with roots in Sweden whose full-length debut “Waking Up the Giants” came out last year on Virgin Records. Frenship was at South by Southwest this year; Grizfolk played SXSW last year.
Rounding out the bill are Austin band Calliope Musicals and D J Mark Markus. Tickets, at $20-$99 early-bird prices through today, are on sale now via the festival’s website, with prices rising to an as yet unspecified amount starting Friday. Gates open at 5 p.m., with 4 p.m. early entry for VIP ticket holders.
In addition to music, the fest will include more than 250 beers from more than 80 breweries. The Austin event is the first of five Index Fests planned for major cities around the state this year. Others will be in Fort Worth on June 3 and Dallas on Nov. 11, plus San Antonio and Houston on dates to be announced.