Two weekends ago now South By So What?! kicked off in Grand Prairie, TX. Starting the day off right was BoyMeetsWorld from Cincinnati, OH. Their high energy started off the festival in the right direction despite the rain that was endured all day long. Following suit were. Redlands, Dear You, and Driver Friendly. Hotel Books slowed it down for an emotional set. Taking a different turn was Capsize a fast-paced hardcore band. Ghost Town has the largest and most active crowd of Day One, at that point. Following Ghost Town was Nick Santino, Ghost Atlas, and For the Win. Chon later played a very relaxed set, with their technical style and chill vibes the crowd ate them up. Set It Off played next with their vibrant crowd singing along to nearly every song, Cody Carson interacted with the fans allowing for a great set. frnkiero and the cellabration made an appearance as well that many former My Chemical Romance fans were excited to see. Following would be Lydia, and later Balance and Composure, and The Maine. Title Fight then won the fight for the biggest crowd yet to come, to later be replaced with La Dispute, and Mayday Parade. Circa Survive ended the festival on a high note with Anthony Green’s, now sober, stage antics and huge LED light show. . r a
Day Two started off in the right direction with Minds & Machines, following were Texas locals Fear & Wonder. Later in the day Palisades played and put on a huge show that finished off with confetti and excitement. While at the same time My Ticket Home brought a crowd of their own playing next to Palisades. Ice Nine Kills brought the thunder with their upbeat, crowd-surfing set. Next was a throwback from the past A Skylit Drive. New Years Day had an explosive crowd. The highly-anticipated Hundredth played the next set. Their frontman being very active on stage and the fans fed off of his energy. Beartooth played an energetic set with a huge crowd, proving they’re going to make waves in the scene in the next year. SLAVES, and Dance Gavin Dance played all in a row, next. SLAVES creating a cool-feel with Jonny’s soulful voice swaying the crowd. Dance Gavin Dance brought a large and loyal crowd with clean vocals from Tilian, and well rounded screams. Later in the day Chiodos smashed their set with crowd favorites as well as newer songs. For Today conjured a huge crowd and created a massive circle pit reaching out side of the main pit. Crown the Empire followed with lots of fog, lights, and fans. Attila took the stage next with a roaring crowd. Ending out the night were Memphis May Fire and Motionless In White with their crazy fog, canons and pyro display, they put on the largest and most eccentric set to end out a great day at South By So What?!
Day Three at South By was the most high energy day of all of them With sets starting from The Family Ruin, Phineas, and Modern Pain. Following was Oceano and Kublai Khan who encouraged kids to come out to local hardcore shows. Sworn In generated a large crowd despite their frontman being very ill as he informed the audience before he started the set. Rotting Out and Fit For a King played simultaneously across stages both drawing relatively equal in size crowds. The popularity for the band Expire was growing and expanded with SBSW with their phenomenal set on Day Three. Code Orange followed and was rather vocal about their distaste of the festival and also encouraged many to come out to smaller hardcore shows as well. Chelsea Grin, decked out in white later took the stage claiming their crowd to be the largest of the day while right across the way Power Trip emerged covering the stages in Cheerios and Champagne. Southern metal favorite then came out as fans roared their favorite lines to their favorite songs, calling fans to come up front many did while fighting off security to high five Danny Leal. Finishing off the night were Suicide Silence, Emmure whose frontman recently tore his vocal chords and had a stand in vocalist, and metal innovators Hatebreed and Atreyu.
All photos credited to Taylor Fickes