This past Sunday I made my last trek through a torrential down pour to the Sherwood Forest, located just outside of Austin, Texas for first annual Sound on Sound Festival. As I approached the entrance, I was stopped by cops. The gates were closed and the fest was being evacuated because of the weather. I pulled to the side of the highway. Frantically, I swiped through my phone trying to weed through ridiculous complaints and comments on social media looking for an actual update about the closure and reopening. By this time, I had already missed Bully‘s set. I, at the very least, needed to see Big Freedia that night. I had been romping around, shooting all weekend and needed to twerk out all of life’s frustrations. I cursed the heavens and Texas’s stupid, unpredictable weather! Then, after an hour of waiting, the rain subsided and the gates reopened. It was a mucky mess, but that did not stop the fans from returning, and the remaining bands from performing.
Some might say that Sound on Sound fest’s first run was a little rocky. I would say it was a little muddy. I would also say that it offered everything Fun Fun Fun Fest fans wanted and more! Earlier this year when Graham Williams, founder of Fun Fun Fun Fest, parted ways with Transmission Entertain, it left many of us worried and wondering about the fate of our beloved FFF fest. But thanks again to Williams, a new festival was born, Sound on Sound.
Essentially, SOS Fest uses the same formula as FFF Fest. With variety of acts like Big Boi, Purity Ring, Flag, Diarrhea Planet, Pouya, Yung Jake, Diet Cig, Courtney Barnett, Atrak, Big Freedia, and many more, there was something for everyone. It was well scheduled and laid out so that you are able to see at least half of any set you wanted to see. There was a comedy stage, skating, tons of local vendors and food trucks, and camping. In addition to these things, SOS was located at a Renaissance Faire. Which, if you think about it, thats the perfect setting considering the aforementioned dark times of uncertainty preceding SOS’s creation. This allowed the opportunity for people to watch bands perform whilst treating themselves to a turkey leg atop a castle tower, mingle with forest creatures, talk to a Jester about his Butt Pirate love story, joust, and throw hatchets!
Despite the silly weather, this weekend was magical and rad. I look forward to what Sound on Sound has for us next year!
Take a peep at the photo gallery below!