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Brand-new Austin music fest reveals stacked lineup and unexpected location

Brand-new Austin festival reveals stacked lineup and unusual location

Austin City Limits Festival ACL 2015 Weekend One Day One Crowd
The inaugural celebration takes over the Sherwood Forest Faire in November. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Day 2 Courtney Barnett
Courtney Barnett is just one of the many big names coming to Sound on Sound Festival. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Austin City Limits Festival ACL 2015 Weekend One Day One Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels leads a stellar collection of rap and hip-hop artists coming to the fest. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Austin City Limits Festival ACL 2014 Weekend One Day One Outkast Big Boi
Big Boi is also on the bill. Photo by Shelley Neuman
FFF Fest Thee Oh Sees
Thee Oh Sees provides just a taste of the rock and alternative artists featured at SOS Fest. Photo by Jon Shapley
Austin City Limits Festival ACL 2015 Weekend One Day One Crowd
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Day 2 Courtney Barnett
Austin City Limits Festival ACL 2015 Weekend One Day One Run the Jewels
Austin City Limits Festival ACL 2014 Weekend One Day One Outkast Big Boi
FFF Fest Thee Oh Sees

After teasing a brand-new music fest earlier this month, the folks behind Sound on Sound Festival have released the lineup, location, and first round of passes for the inaugural celebration taking place November 4-6.

Headlining acts Beach House, Explosions in the Sky, and Phantogram will take over Sherwood Forest Faire in McDade, Texas, along with Run the Jewels, Purity Ring, Courtney Barnett, Big Boi, Descendents, Death Grips, Young Thug, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, and many more. Additional programming will be announced later this year, including a lineup of comedians and panels.

This is the first event of its kind at Sherwood Forest Faire, a 23-acre, Renaissance-themed village about an hour from Austin. The unique destination has camping grounds and a range of permanent structures — including stages, shops, restaurants, and bars — that will be used to "create a highly curated festival footprint and experience for attendees of all ages." 

If the vibe of SOS Fest sounds similar, that's because the first weekend of November is traditionally associated with Fun Fun Fun Fest. Fun Fun Fun was founded by Graham Williams, who parted ways with the festival and its producer, Transmission Events, to launch Margin Walker Presents, the company behind SOS Fest. 

Three-day passes for SOS Fest are on sale now for $169, while VIP passes — aka "Treat Thy Self" passes — will set you back $445. Add-on camping passes are also up for grabs at $75 (originally $99). Single-day tickets and parking passes will be released closer to the festival. SOS Fest is also working on a shuttle service and other transportation options for the inaugural event.