SXSW is a Music, Film and Interactive conference from March 7 – 16, which provides a chance to party with some of the greatest people on Earth.
- Cash/Credit card
- Bag – to hold other supplies and free swag
- Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag 2013
- Umbrella – Weather is crazy in Austin
- Ear Plugs – Keeps ears healthy and drowns out side conversations
- Etymotic Research ER20 ETY-Plugs Hearing Protection Earplugs
- Extended battery pack – Your phone will die
- Anker® Astro 3E 10000mAh Dual USB
- Phone Charger – You may forget to recharge your extended battery pack
- Print outs of the parties you want to go to –Your phone will be slow
- Pedicabs – staple of SXSW travel $5 – $20 to get most places
- Taxis – Head to a hotel or I-35 access road to catch one
- Parking – Try to get downtown before noon
- Walking – Lots
Many SXSW attendees are here for business. So, expect a lot of side conversation during performances. If you are there for the music try to get to the front and remember earplugs.
- RSVP for everything
- Have a backup plan or four
- Arrive early
- If you are not having fun, leave
- Find new music
- Make friends
- Tip the bartender – even if the drinks are free
- Some parties will have food – Check the RSVP
- Food Trucks are awesome
- BBQ – If you need a break and have a car head to Lockhart for authentic Central Texas BBQ
- Many more – Check Yelp or Urban Spoon
Official Music Showcases
- Arrive early
- Usually you can get in after the badges and wristbands for $5 – $15
My SXSW Playlists
- Definitive Spotify SXSW 2014 Playlist 4400+ of the top 2 tracks of every artist I could find
- Top 61 Emerging Artists – Picked from my best of SXSW playlist, artists with less that 5k followers on Spotify
- The Best of SXSW 2014 Spotify Playlist I listened to the entire Definite Playlist and picked the best
- The Best of SXSW 2014 YouTube Playlist Updated daily with the best artists’ videos I can find
Twitter Party People
- @CameronAtSXSW – firstname.lastname@example.org – I post unofficial SXSW parties, showcases, news, rumors, all that stuff.
- @FreeatSXSW – I’m here to help you experience SXSW for FREE. Sharing my knowledge of multiple South By’s with no wristband or badge. Feel free to share legit party RSVP links
- @jackievanz – Marketing Specialist. Music Lover. People Watcher. Board Game Hoarder. Philly Scene Reporter @mxdwn_phl ..Philadelphia has my heart
- @JacobStetson – Too many projects, not enough time. Catch me if you can… Soon to be New Yorker.
- @MarkQuestion – Software Developer, Bassist Extraordinaire, and guy with his ear to the ground for all things SXSW.
- @martyrAtSXSW – Responsive Web Geek, SXSW Interactive Volunteer, Musicologist. Vegan.
- @mikeyzee – @mischiefonline – designer videographer photographer
- @mischiefonline – Austin based music blog · Music · Videos · Culture
- @MissKrisSxSW – A Torontonian at #SXSW. Probably not this perky in real life. Sometimes I film shows: http://www.youtube.com/user/MissMadMuzak
- @OperEveryBand – The Mission: To Review Every Band Showcasing at SXSW 2014. Daily Write Ups (2,000+ bands!), Videos and Exclusive Content Through March.
- @hippohonk – Seasoned concert goers rating bands on upcoming festival lineups based on how bad they want to see their show. Visithttp://hippohonk.com to view the results!
- @rsvpster – We RSVP you to unofficial SXSW parties & events – sign up:http://RSVPster.com/order
- @snow2go – I’m just a kid with like 36 tabs open on 3 monitors right now sry. E-mail me #sxsw things: email@example.com
- @SouthByFreeNOMS – Taking a bite out of Austin one party at a time! Your unofficial guide to all the free food + drinks at #SXSW. Brought to you by @mightymendoza. #SXSW2014 #SXFN
- @SXRobot – Tweeting the newest parties on #sxsw. Like me? follow my creator @wiktorschmidt and RT my tweets
- @SXSWbaby – SXSW Baby! is an unofficial weblog and discussion forum about South by Southwest.
- @SXSWHIPHOP – Information on everything Hip Hop/Rap happening in Austin, TX during SXSW – not affiliated with sxsw
- @SXSWhoa – Two people reporting the latest news, rumors, shortest lines, and freebies for #SXSW Music 2014. On assignment for @austinist. Contact: SXSWhoa@gmail.com
- @SXSWISLIFE – Free shows, drinks, food, and parties. RSVPs, artists to watch, tips, and rumors. All SXSW. I am in no way affiliated with SXSW. firstname.lastname@example.org
- @SXSWPARTYGIRLS -Your guide to SXSW for THE best free shows, booze & food. We’re SXSW party professionals. Follow for tips, lineups, and debauchery!
- @SXSWPartyList – The Party List for #SXSW2014 Email us: SXSWPartyList@gmail.com
- @SXSWUnderaged – SXSW Underaged is a complete list of events during SXSW that are all ages and no badges required. SXSW Underaged 2014 will be launched on February 16th at 6 PM.
- @ulovei – I take photos, DJ parties, promote events, write articles, and always wear a tie.
- @unofficialsxsw – Your Guide To All Unofficial SXSW Events! Free Beer, Parties, and more! Contact Us Here: email@example.com
Fun SXSW Tweeters
- @SXSWFanFIction – A chronicle of all things that happen at SXSW
- @SXSWhine – Yhe best Whines of SXSW ‘11 and beyond. Please @ any you find. Created lovingly by @ZackTeibloom of @festivalcrasher
- @SXSWPartyzzzzz – OMG #SXSW PARTIES! WHO WANTS TO PARTY? GO TO THIS PARTY! THESE ARE ALL THE PARTIES! I LOVE SXSW PARTIES! PARTIES! #PARTIES! #SXSW #SXSW firstname.lastname@example.org
- @couchxcouchwest – Where the beer is cheaper and the only hipster is you. March 9-15, 2014
Other SXSW Guides
- Ticketbuds SXSW 2014 Survival Guide
- Lucid Routes SXSW 2014 Survival Guide
- Mad Betty – How to get through SXSW
- Huffington Post – How to Experience South by Southwest Like a Local
- SXSWhoa via RSVPster – Crash Course in Attending SX
- Venture Beat – How to survive SXSW in 15 easy steps
- WackDelly – 2014 SXSW Music Tips
- mxdwn.com – SXSW 2014 All that Matters in Music.
- Operation Every Band – SXSW 2014 The Goal: To listen to and review every band performing at SXSW 2014.
- Hippohonk SXSW 2014 Reviews all Bands playing SXSW and other festivals
- Sched Scheduling your Unofficial South By Southwest 2014
- Do512 SXSW RSVP for many of the SXSW parties
- Eventbrite RSVP for many of the SXSW parties
- Austin Showlist List parties and links
- RSVPster $40 Service for RSVPing, Party list, maps, and more
- ATXShhh $5 Party list – sortable by bands, venue, day, free food and free beer
- Ticketbud Pintrest map Venue map
- Unofficial SXSW FAQ
- Gary’s Guide Free Party list
- Austin 360 Side party guide
- SXSW Baby An Unofficial SXSW Weblog
- sxswpartygirls Your guide to Free Parties at SXSW
- The Wild Honey Pie Free SXSW Party List
- Censored Showlist A simple, user submitted event schedule