As one of the most sought after live music events, Fader Fort draws in a large crowd. The invite only showcase often has an overflow of festival goers standing outside its barriers to avoid a FOMO (fear of missing out). The fort is known for the highly regarded artists it brings to the stage as well as its setting as a tastemaker. SXSW’s 2019 Fader Fort took place from March 13-15th off of East 7th Street in Austin, TX. The three day showcase brought in the likes of Rico Nasty, Da Baby, Big Boi, Japanese Breakfast, Novelist, Omar Apollo, Da Baby, Pink Sweat$, Big Boi, and Megan Thee Stallion.
Day 1 highlights included performances from Japanese Breakfast, Kari Faux, and Rico Nasty. Four member band Japanese Breakfast had an electric set as they played songs including “Road Head.” Later in the day, Kari Faux, whose songs have appeared in the HBO series Insecure took to the stage to perform “No Small Talk,” “Top Down,” and “Low Key.” The night’s headliner was “Poppin Ass Bitch” Rico Nasty. The New York artist got the crowd bumpin as she performed hits “Trust Issues,” “Sandy,” “Tia Tamera,” and “Countin’ Up.”
Day 2 highlights included performances by Novelist, Q Da Fool, Pink Sweat$, and surprise guest Da Baby. London rapper Novelist took to the stage smiling as he performed “Wait Wait Wait,” “Dot Dot Dot,” and “Afro Pick.” Later on Pink Sweat$ headed to the stage with his guitarist. In his notorious pink sweatpants, Sweat$ serenaded the crowd with songs “Honesty,” “Call Me,” and “Drama.” The mood flipped when Q Da Fool took to the stage with special guest Rico Nasty as he rapped songs including “Where I Come From.” Fader brought out Da Baby as a surprise addition to the days’ lineup. It did not take Da Baby long to jump into the crowd on his bodyguard’s shoulders. The energy was unmatched as he performed songs including “Goin Baby,” “Suge,” and “Pony.”
Day 3 highlights included Hot Girl Megan Thee Stallion, Flipp Dinero, Omar Apollo, IDK and surprise guest Young Nudy. Flipp Dinero showed up iced out and ready to go. After one song, he brought out Houston legend Trae Tha Truth to perform an a cappella version of “Swang” . After paying homage to Truth, Dinero made his way off the stage to interact with the crowd as he performed “Leave Me Alone” and “Feelin Like.” The paced changed as bilingual artist Omar Apollo hit the stage gliding and dancing around the stage as her performed “Ugotme,” “Erase,” and “Hijo De Su Madre” backed by a full band. Things pumped back up as IDK made his way out in a mask. After his first song, IDK peeled off the mask revealing himself to festival goers who shrieked in excitement. IDK proceeded to provide the most energetic set of the day as he jumped around and shook attendees hands performing “Trigger Happy,” “Star,” and “17 Wit A 38.” Though the night ended with Young Nudy, the true headliner of the night was Houston’s own Megan Thee Stallion. Thee Stallion aka Trina Snow has been gaining traction recently as her on air freestyles have gone viral on social media. The Hot Girl twerked around stage as she performed her hits “Freak Nasty,” “Big Ole Freak,” and “Hot Girl.” Alongside the music, attendees had access to bars, food trucks, and a CBD vending machine. Fader Fort continues to live up to the hype.