Here in South Texas, festival season is officially upon us. Earlier this month, Austin City Limits Music Festival graced us with their 15th year, which of course, did not disappoint. I mean, how can you go wrong with the iconic Radiohead as a headliner?
In addition to Radiohead, the lineup was jam-packed with other big-name KRTU Indie staples, including LCD Soundsystem, M83 and Foals. After 15 years, Austin-based promoter C3 Presents seems to always blend the perfect lineup together.
However, the real treat for us San Antonians was the large amount of intimate spillover shows this month. Between the Aztec Theater and Paper Tiger, SA has been flooded with stellar acts including M83, Foals, Saint Motel, Die Antwoord, Melanie Martinez, Cold War Kids, and more.
This trend of emerging national acts coming to San Antonio has continues this weekend with the inaugural Mala Luna Music Festival, presented by Austin-based Scoremore Shows, who also books Alamo City Music Hall. The electronic/hip-hop festival will be a first for the Alamo City, with headliners like Steve Aoki and G-Eazy.
Next weekend, the inaugural Sound on Sound Festival kicks off in McDade, TX, just east of Austin. The medieval themed festival takes place of the beloved Fun Fun Fun Fest, from the new promotion company, Margin Walker Presents. San Antonio has already begun to see SOS spillover with Neon Indian last weekend, and a full weekend of Baio, HUNY, STRFKR, SWMRS, HEALTH, Diarrhea Planet, and more on the horizon.
In the exciting times, one thing is for sure. Austin-based promoters are starting to see more value in the San Antonio music scene, and us San Antonians can only hope we’ll see not only more emerging national artists, but new music festivals in the near future.