South by Southwest (SXSW): What you need to know

Monday, March 9, 2015

It’s hard to believe, but the 2015 edition of SXSW (South by South West) is almost here — the music festival portion kicks off on March 17 and runs through March 22. That means 6 days of music in Austin, Texas! In case you’ve never heard of SXSW, it’s one of the largest national events in the country, and certainly a contender for the biggest event in music. It features the kind of bands that typically only cool people know about, but mixes those bands with legends (Prince performed one year) on stages through out the city. Parties are everywhere and if you are looking for your favorite band, there’s a chance they could be playing 5 different shows. The mega-festival can be pretty intimidating to navigate and overwhelming just figuring out where to begin.

There are a couple of different ways you can attend the festival. Official SXSW where you buy a Music Badge/Wristband (if you can get your hands on one) or Unofficial SXSW which is free, but just as big! I’ll be going the Unofficial route this year and I couldn’t be more excited to share with you everything I’ll be doing.cupofsolshoesDJrecordsshoppingf&Nyellowchairsyellowwall

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Here’s where you’ll find me during SXSW.

Parties to Attend

SoulCycle x Spotify RSVP here

Fader Fort (invite only) EVENT link

The Spotify House RSVP here

KGSR Live Broadcast @SXSW – W Hotel EVENT link

South by San Jose – San Jose Hotel EVENT link

Rachael Ray’s Feed Back Party – RSVP here

Pandora Discovery Den RSVP here

Music Tech Mashup RSVP here

Stub Hub and Culture Collide RSVP here

Freebird’s Stage EVENT link

Nemain Marcus Make some Noise RSVP here

ACL Bloody Mary Morning RSVP here

Austin Party weekend 2015 RSVP here

Smart Girls Party RSVP here

SPIN DAY PARTY RSVP here

Willie Nelson’s Heartbreaker Banquet Buy Tickets Here

Hype Machines Hype Hotel RSVP link

Places to Be

Friends & Neighbors – Drink, Shop, Music

The Rattle Inn – Drink, Music

Justine’s – Eat, Drink, Music

Whip In – Drink, Music

Four Seasons Lobby Lounge – Eat, Drink, People Watch

Josephine House – Eat, Drink

Rainey Street– Eat, Parties, Drink, Music

Southbits Trailer Park (right next to Rainey Street) – Eat, Drink

Continental Club + Lounge – Drink, Music

Burger Bar  Eat, Drink

Bands to See

Kaleo

Family of the Year

Summer Hearts

Charlie Belle

Misterwives

Gary Clark Jr. 

Houndmouth

Portugal The Man

Arcade Fire

AWOLNATION

Delta Spirit

Colony House

WIll Butler

Wild Child

Irene Diaz

Tuxedo

VERITE

IBEYI

Getting Around

Austin B-cycle

Car 2 Go

Pedicab 

Twitters to Follow

@SXSW

@RSVPster

@SXSWPartyList

@SXSWPARTYGIRLS

@apweekend

@SXSWmafia

@SXSWfreedrinks

@SXSWhoa

@360sxsw

@SXSWISLIFE

@ChronSXSW

@austinchronicle

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