7 Reasons We’ll Be Returning to Same Same But Different Festival Next Year

Lake Perris, Cali. — Same Same But Different Festival was everything we hoped for and more. The first time festival had a lot of attractive features and this was only the beginning of the fun! There’s so many reasons we can’t wait to come back and see Same Same But Different Festival blossom into something beautiful! Without further a do, here’s seven reasons why Sound-Fix will be returning next year for the second annual Same Same But Different Festival!


1. The endless potential

What excites us the most is there is no limit to how incredible this event can become. A lot of genres were represented including funk, electronic, bluegrass, blues, folk, Latin, indie, rock and roll, reggae, and much more. Who knows what kind of diverse line up next year’s event will attract! I don’t want to jump the gun, but maybe next year’s SSBD Fest will even be 3 days!

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Band of Gringos – Same Same But Different Festival – Sept. 23rd, 2018


2. The intimate size

Those of us there saw it. We saw the bathrooms with flushable toilets and disposable bottles of soap on the sinks. We saw the clean showers and felt the hot water. We set up at the campsites, and in regards to that, it felt like a weekend at a State Park as opposed to a music festival. The next couple years will probably have that similar small festival vibe which is a breath of fresh air that shouldn’t be taken for granted!


3. Lake Perris

People spend thousands of dollars to go to festivals on the beach. Obviously Lake Perris is not comparable to the tropical climates of Punta Cana or Riviera Maya, but if you stand on the beach and close your eyes, you might think you’re at a destination festival! With stages right near the sand, it’s a great weekend get away and a proper way to cap the summer.

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4. The people

With a diverse lineup comes a diverse crowd! We met so many characters this weekend, all of whom were such great people. One thing we noticed is that Same Same But Different Festival is also very family friendly! We can’t wait to see all you awesome folks next year!

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5. Easy access for Southern Californians

There’s High Sierra and there’s Gem and Jam, but in reality, there aren’t many jam friendly festivals within reasonable driving distance from San Diego or Los Angeles. Lake Perris is only an hour and a half from both! It’s also close to civilization, which makes is easy to replenish on supplies in the morning.


6. Activities

One of the highlights of our weekend was sitting in the grass watching graphics being projected on the trees during the Late Night Radio set. There were also a handful of incredible live artists painting alongside bands and in the festival grounds. Additionally, the morning yoga/meditation sessions and painting classes were bumping!

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7. The still unknown

This festival is run by professionals, but there were some inevitable facets of Same Same But Different Festival that made it obvious this was a first time event. For example, the merch booth was an art installation itself, but there was no official festival gear. Same Same But Different Festival did release a handful of official merch to their site which you can check out by clicking here.  Don’t sleep on it, because the online sale ends Friday, October 12th!  It makes us wonder what other tricks are in store for next year!

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It’s important to emphasize this point, so there’s a repetitive 8th reason we’re excited about next years Same Same But Different Festival. Lake Perris. My gosh, what an amazing venue! The lake, the green grass in the festival grounds, the weather, all of it! It’d be worth it to make a weekend out of going to Lake Perris in itself, but to have a music festival there? It’s truly a dream come true!

About author

Zach Schwartz

Born and raised in Upstate New York, and residing in Southern California for the past 5 years, Zach has a vast taste and passion for live music. In 2018, Zach graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors degree in Communication. Aside from music journalism, Zach is working hard at his blossoming career as a Lighting Designer. Feel free to contact Zach with any comments, questions, or concerns regarding anything music related!

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