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Leon Bridges to make Fort Worth homecoming — at his hometown’s big music festival

Leon Bridges in a 2017 photo. Bridges will be a headline act at the 2019 Fortress Festival, which place in late April in Fort Worth’s Cultural District.
Leon Bridges in a 2017 photo. Bridges will be a headline act at the 2019 Fortress Festival, which place in late April in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. Courtesy

The third annual Fortress Festival won’t take place till April, but Fortress Presents is already revealing Phase 1 of its lineup, and there’s a big name headlining: Leon Bridges, the soul singer who was raised in Fort Worth.

The festival will take place April 27-28 in the Fort Worth Cultural District, shortly before the first anniversary of the release of Bridges’ second album, “Good Thing,” released May 4, 2018.

Bridges has performed in Fort Worth before, of course, but fest organizers emphasize that this will be his first major concert appearance in his hometown.

Also in the lineup: New Orleans funk-soul-rock group Tank and the Bangas; North Texas-raised rapper/activist Bobby Sessions; Austin psychedelic band the Bright Light Social Hour; Austin singer-rapper Abhi the Nomad; and Lubbock singer-songwriter Red Shahan.

Also: Dallas rapper Adrian Stresow; Austin gararge-rock band Sailor Poon; Oak Cliff’s Luna Luna; and Fort Worth bands the Cush and War Party.

Fortress Presents puts on Fortress Festival in partnership with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. It’s not just a two-day music fest, but a celebration of art and culture as well. The festival will take places on the lawn adjacent to Will Rogers Coliseum and will have two outdoor main stages with non-overlapping acts.

Phase 2 will be announced in early 2019.

Early-bird general-admission and VIP tickets are on sale now at www.fortressfestival.com. Tickets start at $79. For updates, follow Fortress Festival on Facebook or on Twitter.

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