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What Not To Do In Austin

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Congratulations to the team over at The Thrillist, who have managed to put together a useful list of dos and don’ts for anyone visiting Austin. To be fair, once SXSW gets under way the majority of locals are a bit more forthcoming (mostly because they don’t want to annoy anyone spending $1200 a night via AirBNB for their loft apartment). Still, you can’t go far wrong with their 20 things not to do in Austin.

“Hey, wanna go see a movie at Alamo Drafthouse today?”
Everyone else had this idea. Before you. When they bought all the tickets. Enjoy that front row!

All their contrary advice is over here.

No more giant vending machines in Austin?

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Okay, over the festive period we missed this one, but the SXSW team has confirmed to the press that Doritos will not be involved at this year’s SXSW.

That means no giant vending machine, no demands to do silly viral videos for tickets, and no great big beacon of commercial sponsors towering over Sixth Street and downtown Austin. Which is probably for the best.

What happens to you when you stay at SXSW for too long?

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

I know that you don’t actually move to Austin for SXSW, you just stay there for a little less than two weeks, but with such an intense experience it can feel like you are anchored in the Texan state capital. Perhaps that’s why after so many years of attending SXSW, this Scotsman has a lot of affinity for Postgrad Problem’s ‘27 Things That Will Happen When You Move To Austin‘ article. For example:

6. The first place you got drunk was somewhere on Sixth Street, but you had trouble remembering which part of Sixth Street you got drunk on.

24. If your first festival experience was ACL, people told you, “Just wait ’til SXSW…”

25. If your first festival experience was SXSW, people told you, “Just wait ’til ACL…”

Read on at Post Grad Problems.

What is this SXSW you speak of?

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Loving this one from Jacob Silverman:

Austin during SXSW is a bubble. With everyone staring at their phones, it resembles a roving and only notionally offline social network, in which something cooler and more interesting is always happening elsewhere.

Tip of the hat to Ryan Bigge for bringing it to our attention. Now… how would you describe SXSW?

SXSW and Austin, the $200 million bonanza

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Following a similar pattern to previous years, the SXSW team have commissioned an economic impact report from Greyhill Advisors on the benefits of SXSW to Austin. Even with that caveat, the estimate of $218.2 million dollars is significant.

Other numbers to pull out include a combined ‘badged’ attendance of 155,000, with an addition 150,000 participants attending badgeless events (such as Flatstock and the SXSW Gaming Expo), $129.9 million dollars spent by attendees at SXSW; and the average hotel room jumping by 20% to an average rack rate of $255 per night.

The full report can be read online. Does anything catch your eye?

SXSW’s pop up radio station set to continue

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

If you tuned in to the temporary ‘pop-up’ radio station IHeartAustin on 103.1 FM during SXSW, they you might want to return your radio back to the frequency. News reaches us (from All Access) that Clear Channel are going to carry on the broadcast even though SXSW is over for 2013.

103.1 IHeartAustin provides a variety of emerging music to our listeners and by keeping this format thriving, it will help to keep the spirit of the Austin music festivals alive 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Left Austin and still want to tune in? Tune your browser to 1031iHeartAustin.com.

Austin is the killer T-Shirt

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Update: Hugh’s team have been in touch, and the offer is now closed.
Time served attendees at SXSW just might recognise the latest Gaping Void T-Shirt that is going to go on sale… if there is enough demand.

In 2008 Hugh created an image similar to this one for the official SXSW bag. Now, 5 years later, in celebration of the madness in March that “South By” has become, we’ve put together this “unofficial” Limited Edition tee shirt. A killer tee, for a killer city, in time for a killer conference. Wear yours proudly during the madness this March!

There is a catch though – like some fashionable version of Kickstarter, the project will only start printing when fifty orders are received… and you only have till Sunday to put down your dollars. Head over to Gaping Void Austin on Teespring for more.