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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.

Austin is full, no more party space being given out

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Here’s hoping that you’ve got your corporate party space booked for SXSW, because Austin City Council aren’t giving out any more permits. If you’ve left it too late (we’re looking at you, Microsoft), then it’s time to hustle and trade.

That doesn’t mean it’s going to be quiet in Austin. Via My Fox Austin, this year submitted permits for temporary music venues are up 9 (97 in 2013 to 106 in 2014), temporary use permits are also up 9 (to 107), and temporary change of use permits shoot up 26 (from 45 to 71).

There’s probably an out-sized Doritos machine in there as well…

Don’t forget your permits for SXSW events!

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Watch out for the licence changes for "Austin Sound Permits" this year. Previously, you could apple for a multi-day sound permit just fourteen days before an event as to take place. That limit has been increased, and you need to apply twenty eight days in advance.

Which means that any permits for SXSW, which starts on Friday 9th March 2012, will need to be with the City of Austin’s planning department by Wednesday February 8th. You can submit permits online at www.austintexas.gov/soundpermit.