Sound On Sound Fest’s Inaugural Lineup

Beach House, Phantogram, Explosions In The Sky, Run The Jewels, Purity Ring, Courtney Barnett, Big Boi, Mac DeMarco, Descendents, Young Thug, Thursday, and Death Grips are among the acts heading to McDade, Texas, in November for the very first .

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Sweetlife Festival, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Md.

Scheduled for Nov. 4-6 at Sherwood Forest Faire located east of Austin, Sound On Sound’s timeframe is pretty much the same as the long-running , leading some media outlets to ask if the new festival is replacing FFF Fest.  KXAN points out that Fun Fun Fun promoter Transmission Events was sold last year, resulting in company founder Graham Walker starting a new company dubbed “Margin Walker Presents,” the outfit behind Sound On Sound.

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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Empire Polo Field, Indio, Calif.

With a lineup that also boasts Guided By Voices, Flag, Wale, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Boys Noize, A-Trak, Fidlar, The Dead Milkmen, Youth Of Today, Strfkr, Jagwar Ma, Carcass, Thee Oh Sees, Wild Nothing, Aesop Rock, Cursive, Bob Mould and many others, Sound On Sound is promising a “unique festival experience.” The location is a 23-acre permanent renaissance village that includes more than 100 permanent buildings ranging from shops to restaurants and pubs.

But music is only part of the Sound On Sound equation.  The festival will also host stand-up comedians, panel sessions and other activities.

Three-day general admission tickets are on sale now for $169 plus tax and shipping.  Three-day VIP passes, christened “Treat Thy Self” are available for $445 plus tax and shipping.  Treat Thy Self perks include preferred viewing areas, exclusive food and drink offerings, happy hours, dedicated lounges and  restrooms, expedited entry and more. 

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Life Is Beautiful Festival, Las Vegas, Nev.

Organizers are also offering standalone onsite camping passes priced at $115 for all ticket buyers.  Single-day tickets and parking passes will be available in the coming months. Check out for more details.