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I Could Dance With You Till The Cows Come Home

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

SXSW has announced this year’s comedy line-up for the fun in March. The full repertoire of performers can be found on the website, with a mix of stand up shows, full shows, recordings, and live tapings.

Have aloof through the list at the SXSW website, with a lot of new and upcoming names (just like SXSW Music) but with the occasional big hitter in the mix (including Beth Stelling, W Kamau Bell, Glen Wool, and Katie Dippold all catching my eye.

As well as the usual gigs and podcast recordings we’ve seen in previous years, the SXSW team are recurring two love comedy specials  for subsequent broadcast. These will both take place at The North Door on Sunday March 15th.

SXSW Baby Podcast: Introducing Our 2015 Audio Coverage

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

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With just over three weeks to go until SXSW kicks off once more, it’s time for the regular SXSW Baby! podcast to start up again. This year we’re going to build up to SXSW through a series of ‘Understanding SXSW’ podcasts. Today’s introductory podcast will explain it all (as well as introduce you to ‘Five Things That You Need To Pack In Your SXSW Bag‘), and as your trip to Austin gets closer we’ll have a ‘beginner’s level’ podcast, followed by ‘intermediate’ and then ‘expert’ tips and advice from the SXSW Baby! team.

Support for this year’s podcasts comes from HipChat. Bring your team to life, with group and private chat, file sharing, and integrations, all at hipchat.com.

Follow the SXSW Baby! blog for more South by Southwest fun, and what we’re up to as we get ready for Austin via Twitter at @SXSWbaby. Got news about SXSW for us? Get in touch via SXSW Baby’s contact form! Don’t forget to follow the podcast via the RSS feed.

No iTunes Festival for 2015

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Well, the talk of the town from last year’s SXSW Music isn’t coming back. We’ve a bit of a love/hate relationship with the  iTunes Festival that rolled into Austin last year. Eric loved the organisation, vibe, and ticket allocation of Cupertino’s fest promotional vehicle. On the other hand I didn’t like the way it sucked the mainstream media’s attention away from the indie artists and smaller stars that make up SXSW.

Lets see how we get on without a great big Apple invasion this year, and let’s get the focus back on the new music.

Get Your [SXSW] App On

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Tying in with your SXsocial account and all the planning you have been doing with the SXSW.com scheduler, the SXSW Go mobile app has been updated for 2015 and is now available to download from your online app stores.

McKenzie Jones, for SXSW:

SXSW Go allows you to browse our lineup and create your personal schedule, then log in to sync it with your other devices. You can also interact with other attendees by virtually participating in events, locating venues, getting directions and activating your SXSocial account to network and connect with friends!

New this year in the app is the “Around Me” feature, which shows which venues are around you, what’s happening at each, and which of your SXSocial contacts are nearby. Join a session discussion with other attendees and participate in real-time audience polls with SessionLive, now with more sessions for 2015. For a full list of features, check out the Mobile Guide.

Download the iOS or Android versions now.

Is Downtown Going To Be A Bit Less Crowded This Year?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

And by crowded we mean commercialised.

Chad Swiatecki writes of the lower demand for commercial spaces in Austin for SXSW Week. Over in the Austin Business Journal, he notes lower number of permits available between March 13-22 (around 25%) and the reduced demand for event co-ordinators.

The goal of the move is to ensure public safety officials have enough time to review safety plans and prevent the total effect of multiple large activations throughout downtown from creating a public hazard.

Bill Manno, the city’s corporate special events program manager, said there’s no set number that would cause the city to stop accepting applications, saying the combined size of events for all applications would be the determining factor. He told me the city would likely stop taking applications by the end of the first week of February.

The decrease in major brands flocking to SXSW will almost certainly impact the event’s local economic impact, which was found to be $315 million in 2014.

While the financial bottom line might be affected, the idea that the SXSW pendulum is swinging back towards the attendees and making stuff up as we go along (rather than try to compose an Instagram pic to get a Lady Gaga ticket) is a good thing.

Start planning your daytime adventures in Austin with the scheduler

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

One of the advantages of living with a digital SXSW are the online tools. SXSW’s own Schedule system allows you to navigate all the sessions, marking your favourite,s and building up your own itinerary. This can be viewed online, and presumably through this year’s mobile app when it arrives.

It’s not that long before we all move to Sixth Street, so grab a coffee and dip into the SXSW Scheduler to mark your favourites.

We here at SXSW Baby! would always suggest that you have alternatives marked out at each time slot. Planning is good, but listening to serendipity not he streets of Texas’ capital is always the way to guarantee an excellent adventure. It’s worth noting that the music showcases are not yet listed in the system, nor are the film screenings, but they’ll show up during February.

Or you could rely on a big marker pan, just like we did in the old days…

Here Come The Bands (take 3)

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

The SXSW team have announced the third wave of performers who have showcases at this year’s SXSW Music festival. You can read the full list online at SXSW, but there are a few names I would want to pick up.

Blitzkids (YouTube) are from Nantwich in the UK, and are a good pop/punk band with a nice crunchy sound; New Albany’s Houndmouth (YouTube) return to Austin with a delightful folksy root sound; and Toffee (YouTube) from Taipei, Taiwan, who have a great modern twist on the classic sounds of the Far East.

There’s rather a lot of music to get through, so don’t forget our friends of the parish over at ‘Operation Every Band‘ are going to listen and rank all the showcases to help you through the festival of music.