Epic Scenes From Saturday's South by So What!? Festival.
Hours before the doors even opened for Saturday's South By So What!? Festival, a line wrapped well around Grand Prairie's QuikTrip Park.
It was an awkward scene out there in that line. Teens huddled en masse, anxiously and excitedly discussing the bands they looked most forward to seeing once the doors opened. Antsy doesn't even begin to describe it. And when the doors finally opened, the rush inside was an even madder scene. The 6,000 fans who attended the festival pushed their way through the gates impatiently, hustling to get inside and find their favorite bands' merch tables.
Once there, the craziness of the day only continued. There was singing and cheering and crowdsurfing aplenty — and I'm talking about the bands here, not even the fans. Each of the 80 some odd frontmen playing this festival held court on this day like aerobics instructors. Constantly, they urged their crowd to keep their feet going, to keep dancing, to keep crowdsurfing.
Over on the “Zombie Party Stage,” rock bands kept their crowds hyped. Over at the “Plug Your Holes Stage,” the crowds kept pushing forward, anxiously awaiting the headlining bands. On the “Printed Threads Stage,” local bands and rappers showed their stuff while performing for their crowds. These stages were split in two; as one band was performing on one half of the stage, another was either setting up or tearing down their gear on the other half. As such, there was always music playing on all three stages.
At around 6 o'clock, almost mercifully, the music took a break and the venue got ready for the headlining bands. Riff Raff and Motionless in White started off these sets. Forever the Sickest Kids, Chiodos, The Ready Set, Outasight, Of Mice & Men, Escape the Fate, Breathe Carolina, and All That Remains followed, keeping the party vibe going throughout the night.
It was a great day filled with youthful, invigorating energy. Ask anyone who went: It was a beautiful day to be young and having a blast in North Texas.