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SouthBites Trailer Park-Because You Gotta Eat, Too!

As much fun as it is trying to drink your way through the madness that is SXSW-you really really really need to eat something. So why not eat something yummy and convenient?

The SouthBites Trailer Park, located at 604 DRISKILL ST, is mere steps off of 6th Street, so there is absolutely no excuse to not partake in the deliciousness.

Hometown favorite, Chi’Lantro is not to be missed, and how can you pass up an opportunity to eat at East Side King, the brainchild of Motoyasu and Top Chef winner Paul Qui. Not to mention trucks from Houston, Charleston, and Portland, OR, to name a few more.

SouthBites at SXSW 2015. Photo by Merrick Ales.

Take me to the the Trailer Park! Click here to get going.

Take a few minutes to grab a nosh. Your stomach, and liver, will thank you.  See you soon, Babies!

# Posted by Wendy K. on February 8, 2016; Comments Off.
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Talk to the Baby, because we can’t find everybody!

It goes without saying, but a lot of the fun of SXSW is meeting new people, finding out new ideas, discovering the hidden gem of a band or a beautiful slice of film. BUt it’s the people and the connections that really drive SXSW. With that in mind, if you’ve got news for us here at SXSW Baby, want to show us something in Austin over coffee, or want to be interviewed on the podcast/radio show we run in March…

you need to get in touch with us!

# Posted by Ewan on February 8, 2016; Leave a Comment.
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Popular Music Venues Lose Out In City Permit Scramble

Last year saw 147 ‘Events’ take place in Austin during SXSW week, primarily around music and the inclusion of temporary stages. All of these required a permit from the City of Austin.

There’s a drive to reduce the size of SXSW in the city, and the council had indicated that there would be an earlier cut-off fate of Feb 5th this year… it also had a hard limit of 120 permits. Those permits were all used up by Tuesday 2nd Feb, and a number of SXSW mainstays had focused on the date cut-off and not the permit limit. Austin360 picks up the story:

Among those caught in the lurch is the South by Southwest Music Festival itself. Festival organizers failed to get in the permit application for St. David’s Church. The downtown church has hosted popular SXSW showcases for years, including capacity shows from Fort Worth soul sensation Leon Bridges and French Cuban sister duo Ibeyi in 2015.

“(The application for) St. David’s church was 24 hours late (or 24 hours early based on the published February 5 deadline depending on how you look at it),” SXSW organizers said Friday morning.

Also caught up was South by San Jose. At this point the permit for the long-running free, family-friendly event that takes place each year in the parking lot of Jo’s Coffee and the Hotel San Jose is up in the air, as it was turned in after the Tuesday cutoff.

As noted, this is a new process that is under review, so it would not surprise us here at SXSW Baby! if the hard limit of 120 is very slightly bendable given the historical weight of some venues. We shall see…

# Posted by Ewan on February 6, 2016; Leave a Comment.
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Last Call for Vols

Hey Babies!
Welcome to a new year of SXSW!!!

If you have ever wanted to volunteer for SXSW-now is the perfect time. Hour requirements to gain perks have been lessened, so it is easier to earn a badge.

Last vol call for this year is…

FEBRUARY 6th, from 3p to 6p, at Austin Convention Center (ACC).

Head here to get all the info you need.

Keep checking back here for more news, Babies! Till next time…

# Posted by Wendy K. on February 4, 2016; Comments Off.

I Trust MPress Fest Will Deliver

There are lots of showcases from labels at SXSW, lots of ‘multiple performers on one bill’ going on under the official SXSW banner, and we’re not going to mention all of them (that is, after all, what the official site should be doing)… But we’re going to highlight a few favourites as March approaches, starting with MPressFest.

I’ve been at SXSW Music too many times to remember, and every year I’ve dropped in (at some point) to Rachael Sage’s gig at the Soho Lounge because I trust her to put together some great music on the roster. So this is a case of ‘not looking at the line-up, don’t need to, I trust Sage.’

You should too.

Come join MPress Records for our 10th Annual MPressFest at SXSW 2016 and enjoy an afternoon of free cocktails, free food and amazing music! Performers include A Fragile Tomorrow, Rachael Sage & The Sequins, Seth Glier, K’s Choice and more!

More details and RSVP at Eventbrite. 

# Posted by Ewan on February 3, 2016; Leave a Comment.
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SXSW Film Announces Feature Film Lineup

The SXSW Film Geeks have been busy! This is the first bit of news on the Film Screenings that will be at SXSW 2016. Midnighters and Shorts will be announced on February 16th. Here is a quick summary from their site:

139 features will be shown, with additional titles forthcoming. The complete lineup will consist of 89 World Premieres, 13 North American Premieres, and 8 U.S. Premieres, selected from over 2,450 feature-length submissions. First-time filmmakers account for 52 films, continuing the SXSW tradition of showcasing independent discoveries from up-and-coming directors.

Also this year, there will be wider access to the film screenings as follows:

Music Badges
Enjoy continued access to the 24 Beats Per Second screening section, as well as newly added access to Episodics and designated SouthBites screenings. Look for the green dots on the SXSW online schedule to see which films you can attend.

Interactive Badges
Soak in creative work with newly added access to Episodics, as well as designated SouthBites, SXsports, and SXstyle screenings. Look for the orange dots on the SXSW online schedule to see which films you can attend.

And now, after the fold, the films!

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# Posted by Eric on February 2, 2016; Leave a Comment.

Artists Beware… ‘Pay To Play’ SXSW Unofficial Gigs On The Rise

Austin360 writes about the experiences of many bands as promoters tempt them to ‘play SXSW’ by buying up a spot in a playbill. Not only are many of these events taking place before the SXSW Music week, but you don’t pay to play at SXSW. If someone is asking for cash, it’s an unaffiliated event. Deborath Stith:

We asked SXSW representatives about the event and they said they will investigate. They also directed us to this page on SXSW Pay-to-Play scams.

“SXSW never charges our artists to perform at an official showcase; we operate on a strict invitation-only policy. We do not condone these solicitations in any way, and are actively doing everything we can to protect artists from becoming victims of these “pay-to-play” scams… SXSW’s application process is closed and SXSW will not ask you to pay-to-play at the festival.”

Of course there is an investment for bands to play SXSW (including transport, kit, accommodation, and expenses on the ground in Austin), and paying to play a gig is not strictly a scam if you actually play the gig. But let’s stress once more the key message. SXSW will not ask you to pay if you want to play an official showcase. Got that? Good.

Here endeth the PSA.

# Posted by Ewan on February 1, 2016; Leave a Comment.
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