South By Southwest is the one festival that will never cease to provide a unique circumstantial experience that long lingers after it is over – everything and anything goes. You could very well end up having shots with Skrillex on a Friday afternoon if you take the right turn into the wrong alley while you are trying to hurry and get in line to watch the ASAP Rocky show down 7th street – you could even end up walking into the very friendly, Dallas Green, eating Kimchi fries at the food park, and if you are anything like me you will freeze the second he acknowledges you. That is indeed the beauty of the biggest festival in Texas and perhaps one of the biggest in the world.
Yet, in order to take your SXSW experience from, “That was a fun five day drunken trip, made friends with a lot of strangers”, to a, “That was the experience of my life, I got to see so many artists I love for free” kind of experience, you have to understand that there is a bit of a science behind this fest – it may be free for the most part, but it is definitely not without its effort. Instead of breaking it down for you we’re just gonna do you a favor and do the dirty work for you! Our amazing writer, Manuel Frayre, has put together a list of parties that is sure to get your heart pounding, anxiety level up, and anticipation at fever pitch. We have everything you need to know about where you can catch the most shows on the cheaps. Here is our first round of RSVP links you need to know and everything you need to do to make this years SXSW something you not only remember but still feel months from now! All you need to do is put in your info and make sure you are at the venue in line at least an hour/hour and a 1/2 before the show to ensure you have a chance at making it in. So here it is without further a do! ROUND ONE, BEGIN!
Last year Spoify House was actually not very difficult to infiltrate you just have to make sure you are there early, and this year’s line up will absolutely be worth it.
No line up has been announced yet, BUT the people behind this project are also attached to Diplo and his BBC residency show “Diplo and Friends”, so you know this will be one of those exclusive and secretive shows that you will have to be there at the right time and the right location to get in. Make sure you RSVP and keep an eye on their twitter feed.
Culture Collide @CultureCollide
The most pleasant surprise so far this year has to be Culture Collide, they have released 3 different shows so far and each has its own unique concept and outstanding line up.
Culture Collide at Container
Thurs 3/19 till Sat 3/21
DR. MARTENS SXSW SHOWCASE
Thurs 19th and Friday 20th
LAGUNITAS COUCHTRIPPIN’ TO AUSTIN
The promise here is a freaktacular entertainment, live painting and Lagunitas beer on top of the awesome line up.
An Amazing 2-Day Live Event on the Whole Foods Rooftop Plaza during SXSW Music Week, FREE All Ages Event
Line up is not yet announced but their alumni has involved acts like Great Big World, Imagine Dragoons and We Were Promise Jetpacks.
Part state fair, part carnival, this outdoor music event features some of the most buzzed-about bands at SXSW performing alongside rides, food, carnival games and kick-ass giveaways.
The Onion & AV Club Present: Manic Monday
Not much stuff goes on on Monday since the music portion of the fest is not in full motion yet, so AV club and the Onion picked the right time to showcase their awesome line up. From 4 p.m. until midnight or so, The Onion and The A.V. Club bring to life the greatest SXSWi-adjacent party of 2015, with help from friends at TGI Fridays. And it’s FREE.
Ryan is not a stranger to SXSW, this time he is doing his own thing. Not much info on this event but there is a Facebook invite to keep you updated
Last year Jimmy Kimmel brought his Late Night Show to Austin with speaking guest as well as live performances, the response was so positive that he is coming back this year. It is free but you will have to wait in line for at least a couple hours. Jimmi tends to take his camera crew on the streets and play pranks on people so make sure you keep an eye out on 6th street for his people.
The Illmore needs no introduction, this event promotes itself. It is the craziest most exclusive party at SXSW year after year, with an A-list alumni of performers like Lil’ Wayne, Skrillex, Kendrick Lamar, Diplo, A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Travi$ Scott, Chance The Rapper, Juicy J, Zedd, Future. If you somehow manage to make it to their events that usually run until morning light, consider your SXSW experience a success.
UMG Experience @UMG
22 Bands, 2 Stages, 2 Days. No Line up info yet, but this is when you RSVP. In the pass UMG have showcased Aloe Blacc, The 1975, Little Dragon and Tove Lo.
Loose Control 7 @LooseConrolATX
This will be the party Trap fans do not want to miss. No Line up has been announced but we are sure it will not disappoint.
Tuesday March 17
Come join MPress Records for our 9th Annual MPressFest at SXSW 2015 and enjoy an afternoon of free cocktails, free food and amazing music! Performers include Hey Marseilles, Alanna Royale, Grammy nominee Seth Glier, The Sea The Sea, Rachael Sage & The Sequins, A Fragile Tomorrow plus more special guests to be announced.