The Inaugural Sound on Sound Fest

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.

Courtesy of Ritual Events

Courtesy of Ritual Events

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:

The Lineup**

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.

The Location**

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.

The People**

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.