Check out the full online photo gallery and review from all three days of South By So What Music Festival from March 20th-March 22nd 2015 after the jump and purchase a CD at each band’s website. You can keep an eye out to buy concert tickets for next year here.
Review and all photos by Ashley Altus
The beginning of South By So What could be summed up by one word: wet. Friday afternoon, rain and cold weather bombarded the festival. However, it would take more than just water to scare these committed festival goers away. Starting off rocky with delayed sets, fans waited patiently for their favorite artists to take the stage even though they were drenched. The headliners last year were canceled due to the weather conditions so I was initially afraid that the same could happen this year. Thankfully, none of the days of the festival were cut short.
The three days of the festival slowly progressed from day one being mostly pop-punk and alternative artists to day two being post-hardcore to day three being metalcore. Thankfully, as the artists got heavier throughout the weekend, the rain got lighter. By Sunday, the skies were clear and ponchos were no where to be seen. I thought the festival being setup in this way was perfect for the fans. Even if you didn’t know all the bands on the lineup for a specific day, you at least knew roughly what type of music genre to expect.
With three stages in close proximity of each other and little overlap with festival headliners, South By So What?! did a great job of making sure you didn’t miss the main acts of the day. QuikTrip Park was not only ideal for the fans to run around all days to the different stages, but also for vendors. It wasn’t difficult at all to walk down the interior of the baseball field tunnel and find your favorite band’s merch tent.
South By So What?! is like an extended three day Warped Tour heaven, minus the sweltering Texas summertime heat. Even though SXSW gets all the credit for being the premiere destination for spring time music in Texas, South By So What?! gives it a run for its money providing a haven for rock fans looking to head-bang and crowd surf.