Sending out an SOS

Austin's first Sound on Sound Fest nails punk rock vibe in unlikely setting

Austin's first SOS Fest nails punk rock vibe in unlikely setting

Sound on Sound Fest 2016 Dragon's Lair Stage
Sound on Sound’s main stage, the Dragon’s Lair, was home to acts like Explosions in the Sky, Courtney Barnett, Young Thug, Purity Ring, and more. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Sound on Sound Fest 2016 Dragon's Lair Stage
This friendly beast overlooked the fest from atop the stage. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Sound on Sound Fest 2016 Deerhunter Crowd
Deerhunter fans packed the grounds on Saturday night. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Sound on Sound Fest 2016 Sherwood Forest Giant
The Sherwood Forest Giant was seen throughout the weekend juggling and displaying his brute strength. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Sound on Sound Fest 2016 Turkey Legs
Perhaps the fest’s most popular food item: the giant turkey leg. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Sound on Sound Fest 2016 Turkey Legs
The Fat Friar served festival fare. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Sound on Sound Fest 2016
A festgoer catches some Z’s in the forest. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Sound on Sound Fest 2016 Renaissance
A figure straight from the Renaissance. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Sound on Sound Fest 2016 Rain
Sunday saw a two-hour rain delay. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Sound on Sound Fest 2016 Dragon's Lair Stage
Sound on Sound Fest 2016 Dragon's Lair Stage
Sound on Sound Fest 2016 Deerhunter Crowd
Sound on Sound Fest 2016 Sherwood Forest Giant
Sound on Sound Fest 2016 Turkey Legs
Sound on Sound Fest 2016 Turkey Legs
Sound on Sound Fest 2016
Sound on Sound Fest 2016 Renaissance
Sound on Sound Fest 2016 Rain

Whoever had the idea to throw a music festival inside a mystical forest deserves many a taco. Last weekend saw the inaugural run of Sound on Sound Fest, the new brainchild from the founder of Fun Fun Fun Fest. Located approximately 45 minutes east of Austin at Sherwood Forest Faire, SOS Fest was full of frolicking festivalgoers, music, and overall good vibes.

Many guests spent a good chunk of Friday and some of Saturday getting acquainted with the vast festival grounds. The four stages (Dragon's Lair, Globe Stage, Forest Stage, and The Keep) were for the most part adequately spaced, although comedian Todd Barry did have some fun with main stage act Cursive, whose tunes were seeping ever so slightly into the Globe Stage environment.

Despite a heavy downpour on Sunday (which caused a two-hour delay), those who remained were gifted with excellent sets from the likes of Kero Kero Bonito, Courtney Barnett, Explosions in the Sky, and several other late-day acts. Hats off to all of the grounds and festival crew for working swiftly to ensure everyone was safely evacuated during the rain delay.

Here's to looking forward year two of Sound on Sound Fest.