Sound on Sound Fest, an event Nov. 10-12, 2017 about 35 miles east of Austin, has announced not only an impressive music lineup but also an interesting way to get there. Sound on Sound will allow attendees to hitch a ride on a shuttle from the Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum, for $35 one way or $60 round-trip.
Headlining the three day festival will be iconic New York City indie group Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Led by the Karen O, one of the defining voices of rock in this millennium, the trio shot to global stardom in 2004 on the strength of its dramatic live shows and hit single "Maps." Making this show even more notable is that the concert marks the band's return to the stage following its 2014 hiatus from performing and recording together.
Punk legend Iggy Pop, the James Mercer-led alt-folk outfit the Shins and mercurial indie-rock band Grizzly Bear are the names sitting just beneath the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Aside from the high-quality of the concerts these acts put on, these are all notable names who rarely perform in Texas.
Similar to Fun Fun Fun Fest -- the dearly-departed Austin Festival also booked by Margin Walker Presents that ended its storied run in 2015 -- Sound on Sound's lineup features a range of extremes: the bleakest black metal, the most daring experimental hip-hop and electronic, and the most precious indie sounds, all on one poster.
There aren't many festivals that are brave enough to host both Cannibal Corpse, the oft-banned death metal group, as well as indie dream-pop outfit Real Estate on the same weekend.
Soul survivor Charles Bradley continues his comeback after recovering from recent cancer treatment, while underground legends Dinosaur Jr. and one of hip-hop's most powerful young voices, Vince Staples, add depth and substance to the bill. Other highly notable names on the bill include two-man punk group Japandroids, industrial legends Ministry, synth-poppers Austra, stoner metal trailblazers Sleep, and a reunited Digable Planets, the groundbreaking hip-hop crew responsible for the jazz-inflected 1992 classic "Rebirth (Cool Like Dat)."
Margin Walker Presents, which has a Dallas division and was responsible for booking the inaugural Fortress Festival in Fort Worth earlier this year, made sure to include some worthy locals on this bill as well. Thrash band Power Trip, emerging hip-hop artist Sam Lao, and arguably Dallas' favorite party host, DJ Sober, will add some serious North Texas flavor to the fest.
More on that shuttle: The service offers bus transportation to the festival from major Texas cities. While the Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum is Dallas' go-to spot, rides will also be available in College Station, Houston and San Antonio. And, there's shuttle transportation from Austin for a slightly lower fee.
While local shuttles are nothing new for most large festivals, this statewide arrangement is rather innovative.
Tickets for Sound on Sound Festival are on sale now. $189 for three-day general admission, $379 for three-day VIP and $75 for on-site camping. November 10-12, Sherwood Forest Faire, McDade, Texas. www.soundonsoundfest.com