Thirteen Super Important Things To Ponder Before Heading Into This Weekend's 35 Denton Festival

After months of buildup and announcements, the fifth annual 35 Denton offering will finally get underway tonight.

Considering how the fest has grown over the course of each of its past four years, we're sure we can expect a fair share of noobs making their way to Denton's square at some point over the weekend.

But let's be realistic, too. Like ourselves, we also know that there will be a ton of folks attending this year's 35 Denton that have been to the festival before.

Our point? There really shouldn't be too many folks left out there who don't have at least some idea of what they can expect heading in to this year's fest.

Still, even we have a few burning questions about this year's incarnation prior to picking up our wristbands later this afternoon.

• Will Little Rock metal act Pallbearer dedicate their 12:30 a.m. set at Hailey's tonight to recently deceased wrestling icon Paul Bearer?

• Which publication in town will be the first do post a “Best Beards of Denton” story on their site?

• What are the odds that new, pop-up venue The Hive — created just for this year's festival — both lives up to the hype and helps eliminate lines at all the other indoor venues this year?

• How many times will somebody make a joke about how many bands Denton musician Ryan Thomas Becker is playing at this year's festival? (The answer is four, at least as official shows go.)

• Will Saturday night headliner Solange Knowles, the most talked-about festival performer heading into this weekend's affair, still hold that distinction come Monday morning?

• When we're dragging ass on Sunday night, will we finally admit to ourselves that we're getting too old to after-party for three nights in a row, or will we just blame the guy that decided to put Daylight Savings Time this weekend for his indiscretions?

• Will we get chills when Killer Mike performs “Reagan” on Saturday night?

• Will the story of Rubber Gloves owner Josh Baish getting his ear bitten off at a Boris show be one of the freestyle topics suggested by the audience for Astronautalis' set on Saturday afternoon?

• Just how much will it rain? And on what days? And for how long? And, ultimately, how much will it ruin our overall festival going experience? (Alternate suggestion: It's rained during the festival every single year, so why didn't we remember an umbrella this year?)

• Will this be the year we decide to forego drinking and throw down all the cash we otherwise would have spent on beer on that sweet battleaxe we keep seeing in the window at the Downtown Mini Mall?

• Which big-name touring band will be spotted at an after-hours house party this year?

• What's the over/under for the number of times you'll overhear the phrase “So, who are you going to see today?” during the fest's four-day run?

• How many meals eaten off a food truck within a four-day span is too many?

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