Popular Austin music festival unexpectedly pulls the plug

Popular Austin music festival unexpectedly pulls the plug

Sound on Sound Fest 2016 Deerhunter Crowd
Sound on Sound Fest has been canceled.  Photo by Daniel Cavazos

Just as ACL Fest is getting underway, another anticipated Austin music festival has called it quits. On Friday, October 6, Sound on Sound Fest — the popular destination festival from the founder of Fun Fun Fun Fest — canceled its upcoming 2017 event.

"We are extremely saddened to announce today that Sound on Sound Fest 2017 is being canceled. This is one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make. Due to several recent roadblocks outside of our control and in an effort to do right by our fans, the decision to cancel the event was our only real option," reads a statement released by the festival via email.

The second annual Sound on Sound was scheduled to take place November 10-12 at Sherwood Forest in McDade, Texas. Headliners included Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Iggy Pop, Grizzly Bear, and The Shins, along with Blood Orange, Pusha T, Washed Out, Kehlani, Vine Staples, Sleep, Taking Back Sunday, and more.

Festival organizers are working on rescheduling many of the acts slated to play the festival; in the meantime ticket holders will be refunded 100 percent of the ticket price.

"There are many acts who were touring through November 10-12 who are still performing, as well as a number of artists who will be flying back in for new dates this year. For all these rescheduled shows, fans who purchased Sound on Sound tickets will get the first chance to purchase single tickets to any makeup shows this fall," the statement says. 

Those shows will go on sale to festival ticket holders October 16; they will be available to the public October 19. 

The inaugural SOS Fest was held in November 2016. It was the first event of its kind at Sherwood Forest, a 23-acre, Renaissance-themed village located about an hour from Austin. The unique destination offered a well-rounded festival experience crafted by Graham Williams and his team at Margin Walker Presents.

"We truly love our fans," the statement concludes. "We appreciate you sticking by us while we work hard to make this right. Be on the lookout for new show announcements from Sound on Sound Fest artists and ticket links for these replacement shows."