Following a December vote by the Austin City Council to close Auditorium Shores for renovations for most of 2014, the location of this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest was left up in the air. Thankfully, Batman has returned to save Fun Fun Fun Fest.
As is evident in the video, Batman (or, more accurately, Mayor Lee Leffingwell in a Batman suit) helped return FFF to Auditorium Shores and Butler Park for the three-day celebration of music, extreme sports and comedy taking place November 7-9. Although the video doesn't clarify exactly what Leffingwell did to ensure the fest will stay at the Shores, the video does thank the mayor and City Council members for their support.
The shuttering of the Shores did not come without some controversy, especially when news broke that the renovations would displace the almost 20 events held in the public space every year — including Fun Fun Fun.
"We are very excited," said Bobby Garza, general manager of Transmission Events, FFF's umbrella company, in a release. "Once the renovation plan was revealed, Auditorium Shores and the future of events there has been a hot topic in Austin.
"As a veteran user of this park, we are happy that we were able to come to an agreement with parks, neighbors, stakeholders and city officials on a plan that our city leaders could get behind."
Although no acts were revealed, Transmission did announce that early bird tickets will go on sale February 12.