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    Seriously FTW, that shit is like $700 right now just for the music portion. I get it, its 5 days, but come on! after plane, hotel, food, transportation that is going to be $1500 a person at least. I was thinking about going this year (do to Bonnaroo's poor initial showing), guess not! Please if there is something that you know that I don't, please fill me in.
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    FTW? or FTR?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Failed State View Post
    Seriously FTW, that shit is like $700 right now just for the music portion. I get it, its 5 days, but come on! after plane, hotel, food, transportation that is going to be $1500 a person at least. I was thinking about going this year (do to Bonnaroo's poor initial showing), guess not! Please if there is something that you know that I don't, please fill me in.
    You obviously don't know anything about SXSW. Are you talking about paying $700 for a wristband? 90 percent of the shows are free during the day. The wristbands and passes get you into the showcases at night. Yeah, you'll miss some of the more popular shows at night, but you'll get to see an ass load of bands if you go without a wrist band.

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    From what others are telling me, it's still totally worth it to go even without a badge or wristband or whatever.

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    I've often wondered this myself.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TickleMeElmo View Post
    From what others are telling me, it's still totally worth it to go even without a badge or wristband or whatever.
    It is without question. I used my media credentials to get a wristband last year, and it got me into a few sets. But for the most part, the crowds were there without any credentials. And before 8 p.m. you don't need shit. There are all kinds of day parties with free shows and even free beer and food on occassion. I would never pay more than $700 for a wristband. That's just foolishness.

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    i'm sure he was talking about the $700 badge, not wristband. Considering wristbands are only $150 and reserved for locals.
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    yeah remember sxsw is an industry conference, the $700 is the conference attendance fee. If you're just going for the music at night, there is no need whatsoever to register for the conference.
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you just want to see a few bands, you can do it for free during the day most of the time, right? I went last year for the first time, and that was the impression I got.

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    there are free sponsored parties going on all day long, but you need to rsvp for entry(most of these are full by now). Or they have an official free stage on Auditorium shores as well. After the "official" sxsw performances (8 p.m. to midnight) there are plenty of after parties going on throughout the city, most of which are word-of-mouth or badge only.
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    So if I haven't yet RSVP to any events its not worth it?
    I'm sorry, I have no clue why this is such a confusing concept for me to grasp.
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    Badges are absolutely not necessary.

    Without it sure you will miss MSTRKRFT and Metallica (last year), but there are shows going on everywhere and the official schedule was 6 pages long last year (took about an hour to look through) and that doesnt count the free sponsored shows. RSVPs are just opening up and confirming bands.

    If its like last year it wasnt really necesary to RSVP other than if you want to be on a mailing list. In the past years I saw NOFX play for free and I snuck on stage, walked up on Digitalism going down free at Stubb's and walked over to where I heard Wu-Tang coming from and saw Gza and The Black Lips for free. These things happen unexpectedly at SXSW.

    So much stuff is going down its ridiculous, there is nothing like it.
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    This is the collage I made from taking random SXSW posters whenever I walked back to my car. The right corner is from the Ben Harper ACL TV show filming that I won tickets to. At the same time I missed Kanye's 3 hour set and Explosions in The Sky on the Town Lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Failed State View Post
    So if I haven't yet RSVP to any events its not worth it?
    I'm sorry, I have no clue why this is such a confusing concept for me to grasp.
    you should search for other sxsw threads from this and past years. people always come up with the same questions.

    http://www.coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?t=34376

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    Quote Originally Posted by Failed State View Post
    So if I haven't yet RSVP to any events its not worth it?
    I'm sorry, I have no clue why this is such a confusing concept for me to grasp.
    the 'official' sxsw shows will be during the night. start about 6 pm and go til about 1 am. You will probably want a wristband if you want to go to any bands anyone gives a shit about. there are no 'official' shows during the day because everyone's supposed to be attending workshops and shit.

    there are daytime 'unofficial' shows, usually record label showcases, that you don't need a wristband for but might be hard to get into. the Yard Dog party is pretty good, for example.
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    nice.

    keep an eye for the unofficial/day shows. brooklynvegan is having one on wednesday with 10+ bands. fucked up and torche have been confirmed so far. i might be going to their night party as well.. here we go magic, califone, serena-maneesh sound good to me.

    and don't forget to rsvp to the day parties with free beer.

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    Do not register. Go to nearly any show you want listed in their schedule.

    That is all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weeklymix View Post
    Do not register. Go to nearly any show you want listed in their schedule.

    That is all.
    Shit like this confuses me cuz I've heard arguments saying otherwise, at least for the popular shows.

    Besides that, the CoS day party looks pretty good with Titus Andronicus and Surfer Blood. I might check that one out.

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    sometimes they sell tickets at the door and if you are there really early you can get in to some of those popular shows. then for other shows, they just don't sell anything and even a wristband wouldn't guarantee entry due to high demand.

    i woudn't bother going to any of these shows without a wristband:

    Stubb's
    (801 Red River St) (All Ages)
    Robert Francis
    The Besnard Lakes
    The Soft Pack
    Drive-By Truckers
    Band of Horses
    Broken Social Scene

    Central Presbyterian Church
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    The xx

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    I figured any Stubbs show would be hard to get into. Or pretty much any show with a huge buzz band.

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    How many of you guys are going? I might try and make the trip up, finances permitting.

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    i am going, have the music badge, going there on business, but of course will catch tons of shows...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TickleMeElmo View Post
    Shit like this confuses me cuz I've heard arguments saying otherwise, at least for the popular shows.

    Besides that, the CoS day party looks pretty good with Titus Andronicus and Surfer Blood. I might check that one out.
    you need to be sure you're not being confused by terminology.


    "register" = attend the conference = pay $700. Not the same as "get a wristband" which gets you in to the various shows.
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    ^Badges also get you into the shows in addition to the conferences (except things like the SPIN show, which are invite only...)

    Just bought my plane ticket today, going for work and my boyfriend is coming with. So freaking stoked. This will be my first time in Texas outside of an airport terminal. So basically my trip will be:

    BBQ sandwiches
    Beer
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    Business cards

    ...and yeah, some of these conferences look totally rad. I have to go to at least one, seeing as how I have that stinking badge anyway. Just have to sacrifice things like the GVB or the P4K day parties I will at least try to make it to a music law panel, the social networking PR panel, this one about running indie labels with people from KRS and Dean Spunt on the panel, and one called "How to Make Money on Vinyl." Nerdddyy.

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    yeaaaaaah, 9 more days before i leave for Austin...

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    Free "NPR Music at SXSW" sampler here

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    this really got me going this morning...



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    Quote Originally Posted by kitt kat View Post
    So basically my trip will be:

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    Anyone know who the guy in the Cardinals jersey is? I've seen him in pictures on the board and I thought I saw him this year.

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