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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.

Things to do in Austin if you have no idea what to do outside of SXSW

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

It might be from October last year, but a link to Kinky Friedman’s favourite haunts and things to do in Austin is a nice little look at the what happens beyond 6th Street. If you’ve spent all that money and effort getting to SXSW you really should take some time to explore Austin – and this is the perfect primer.

For example…

Hands down the best in Austin (or anywhere, for that matter) is the legendary Broken Spoke, owned by the equally legendary James White. James likes to have his picture taken. There are two entire rooms filled with pictures of James with everyone from Dolly Parton to Willie Nelson, and of course, the Kinkster, but the real action is on the dance floor, where ancient floorboards squeak in rhythm with the boot scooters sashaying across it. One bit of advice: you may not want to use the word “sashay” at the Broken Spoke.

Is Austin ready to barricade in the SXSW hordes this year?

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Here’s an interesting one from the Austin city council leaders. Because of the increased numbers of SXSW attendees this year, especially the numbers heading out to Interactive, there’s some serious consideration going on abotu extending the road barriers that lock down 6th Street and the surrounding areas not just for the four weekend days and nights of SXSW, but for the full nine days (we assume Friday 8th through Sunday 17th March).

Yes it will make it fun for the traffic flow around the Convention Center, and the extra security and  patrols will cost, but is that worth the extra safety the barriers and patrols will provide?

We await with interest news on what the council decides.