Something Wicked: 10 More Notes From Saturday's Festival

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Photos by Marco Torres
Something Wicked had top-notch production values, as seen here during Zedd's set.
Much to my editor's annoyance, I have a bad tendency of overwriting. [Not true -- ed.] This comes from an obsessive need to take as many notes as possible so that when it comes time to write my concert reviews, I don't run out of things to talk about.


Saturday: Something Wicked Festival at Sam Houston Race Park

SLIDESHOW: Something Wicked Music Fest: Costumes and Crowd Shots

Something Wicked gave me plenty to write about on the music front, which led to less space to talk about the general feeling of the festival. So what did I learn in those cool autumn hours spent at the show? Here are ten of the things that I noted in between the beats.

10. Production Value
Kudos to Disco Donnie Presents and Nightculture for putting real money into the production side of things. The main stage sound system sounded better than any I've ever come across at an outdoor show, the LED displays were top-notch and the costumed dancers helped make to the show feel different. Adding the Halloween decorations in between the stages was a nice touch.

9. Back to Nature
As opposed to shows like the Warped Tour and Identity Fest that take place in parking lots, SW took place in a slightly wooded area. Things got a bit dusty when the crowds danced, but overall it was a nice environment for a show. Were the fog machines near the trees a bit silly? Sure, but it's a Halloween festival and atmosphere is important.

8. Room to Grow
It took roughly three minutes to get from one stage to the next. While being able to move between stages was nice, the sound bleed from the main stage was a bit of an issue if you were at the other stages. There isn't an easy solution to this issue if the fest stays at its current location, unless they just want to turn up the sound at Bass Massacre. This might not be an issue for the bass fiends.

Location Info


Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park

7575 Sam Houston Parkway W., Houston, TX

Category: Music

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