Words by Kanya Maliwan
About this time last week, I had arrived to the first-ever Sound On Sound Fest. I was excited but nervous because I had no idea where I was. That’s the thing about SOS Fest — I didn’t know what to expect. Unlike most festivals, I had to travel almost an hour from the city to a remote location where I was supposed to find the Renaissance grounds.
Let me tell you: it was so worth it. The magical atmosphere brought together a group of very different people who all shared in the start of a brand new festival experience for Central Texas. If you did not go to Sound On Sound this year, I recommend that you try it out next year. Here are my reasons why:
Sound On Sound definitely had one of the strongest festival lineups of the year. Similar to the precedent Fun Fun Fun Fest, the lineup was heavy in hard rock, rap/hip hop, indie, experimental, and even included comedy acts. Some of my favorites were Beach House, Alex G, Car Seat Headrest, Purity Ring, and Deerhunter.
SOS Fest is located in McDade, Texas, which is where the Sherwood Forest Faire happens. The Renaissance atmosphere that was tucked away in the woods made it a destination worth venturing to. The festival organizers made sure to go all-out in creating a unique experience. The main stage, called Dragon’s Lair, had a huge dragon head peering from the top of the stage. There were turkey legs, people dressed in Renaissance garb, fun activities like axe throwing, and a castle. Not only is SOS a great place to enjoy music, it is a place to become immersed in another world.
From what I gathered, Sound On Sound is for true music fans. Everyone I encountered, whether it was someone I knew or a complete stranger, was really passionate about the acts that they saw. It was all love at the fest, even though some of the mosh pits got a little bit too intense. Aside from that, the festival fashion was amazing. Guys and gals were serving looks all around.
I would like to thank Sound On Sound for creating one of my new favorite things. I am looking forward to the lineup for next year and I can’t wait to see the growth of the festival in the years to come.