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Popular Music Venues Lose Out In City Permit Scramble

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

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…

I Trust MPress Fest Will Deliver

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

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. 

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

Monday, February 1st, 2016

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.

New Dates for the SX Health & Medtech Expo

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Last years Health and Medtech Expo brought a different slant to the typical SXSW expo, bringing tech companies focused on health and medical fields together at the JW Marriott.

This year it returns a bit early, happening on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 from 10:00am–6:00pm each day. The event will focus on conversations like Sports, Food and Nutrition, Policy, and Social Good.

Look for the 2016 event to expand the number of exhibitors, broaden and deepen the discussion topics, and make it even more accessible for the SXSW community to participate in the conversation.

Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 | 10:00am–6:00pm

JW Marriott, 110 East 2nd Street

How to Attend
Open to Platinum, Gold, Film and Interactive badges.

Workshop Announced For UK’s SXSW Artists

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

There’s something about music from the UK that SXSW really enjoys, so it’s great to see the UK’s Performing Rights Society (PRS) supporting performers heading out to SXSW Music. Not only is the organisation supplying  financial support to fourteen artists to get to Austin (more details here, including Liverpool’s Stealing Sheep, who really should be on your radar), it is also offering a workshop for every UK-based performer heading out to Austin next month.

The Foundation will be hosting a workshop for all UK-based artists who have been invited to perform at SXSW which is to take place on Friday, February 12 in London at the PRS office in Kings Cross. Please contact/RSVP by emailing bhavesh@prsformusicfoundation.com.

I do hope the workshop reminds everyone to try and avoid the midday sun… us Brits burn very easily under the Texan light!

SXSW Hits The Road In The UK

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

For many in the UK, SXSW is an annual fixture in their diaries. For others questions around the topic of ‘Why SXSW?’ abound (generally until the decision to made to go for the first time). But where can you ask questions about the Austin spectacle? The answer is at the upcoming SXSW Roadshow in the UK, organised by SXSW and UKTI:

The briefings will include short presentations about SXSW and MIDEM before moving into an interactive panel discussion to answer your questions and discuss opportunities. There will be plenty of time for networking to give music, film and digital creatives a chance to meet with me [Una Johnston] (SXSW), Javier Lopez (Midem UK & Ireland Sales Manager) and Phil Patterson (UKTI).

* Why is SXSW de rigueur for the digerati, music-minded and movie biz alike?
* What’s new for SXSW 2016
* How to plan for a rewarding SXSW
* Timeline Reminders

The roadshow tours the UK during the September, visiting Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, and London. You can find more details, and RSVP for the free events. I’ll be at the Glasgow event on September 1st, maybe I’ll see you there?


Wednesday, August 12th, 2015


Pardon my excitement at not having to endure the shuttle ride to the far side of the seemingly insurmountable Lady Bird Lake to get to the Gaming Expo.

SXSW has announced that SXSW Gaming has shifting its dates and location! Previously set in the Palmer Events Center on the South side of Lady Bird Lake, it was the opposite of SXSW Interactive both in Place and time. I was always torn between attending Interactive and Gaming sessions and events. BUT NO MORE!

SXSW Gaming will now take place in the Austin Convention Center March 17-19, after SXSW Interactive!  No longer will you be forced to choose sides! it is a TOTAL win-win for everyone attending SXSW 2016!

Here is SXSW’s announcement:

For 2016, Gaming sessions and events will take place in the heart of SXSW activities at the Austin Convention Center. In terms of timeframe, these Gaming sessions also move to later duringSXSWeek® (March 17-19), thereby strongly emphasizing the strong crossover between the gaming, film and music communities. This programming occurs at the same time as the SXSW Gaming Expo, which also moves to the Austin Convention Center.

Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St) in downtown Austin, TX.

Free and Open to the Public

God bless us all. Every One!