Now that you know all about the coolest party
in town each March, how do you get in? It all
depends how much you want to spend. For
the 2014 event, prices ranged from $495 (early
registration, film-only badge) to $1695 (walk-up
registration badge), depending on which
pieces of the festival you wanted to attend.
The Platinum Badge gets you into all SXSW
Music, Film and Interactive Events; the Music
Badge covers all SXSW Music & Media Conference and Festival events; the Gold Badge
offers access to all SXSW Film and SXSW Interactive events; the Film Badge gets you into all the
SXSW Film Conference and Festival events; and
the Interactive Badge is your ticket to all SXSW
Interactive Festival and ScreenBurn events.
Wristbands are also available, which are less
expensive than badges. But keep in mind that
the wristband doesn’t get you into the industry/
conference part of the event, and that access
to shows and films is on a first-come, first-serve basis because Platinum Badge holders
and specific Film or Music Badge holders are
SXSW Interactive is typically scheduled to be
held in mid- March with SXSW Film and SXSW
Music following soon after.
Be sure to order your badges or wristbands
early because they sellout quickly and they go
up in price, over time. Remember to only trust
the official SXSW site: www.sxsw.com. Registration typically opens in early August. Keep
checking the website for the exact date and
MIXED METALS & WRISTBANDS
Idol, Philip Glass, Wyclef Jean, Robert Plant, Willie Nelson,
Tori Amos, The B52s, 50 cent, and Justin Timberlake.
Though SXSW is an industry conference, the opportunity to
see bands from all over the world – especially up-and-coming
artists – is far too tempting for many music fans, many of
whom travel from around the country and the world just to
check out the newest bands. Even if you’re a music lover
short on cash, you’ll still see and hear great music. SXSW
Music offers free shows three nights a week at Auditorium
Shores during the festival with great artists. Elvis Costello,
Alejandro Escovedo and The Strokes have all played free
There are also tons of other musical events that happen
outside the official festival. In particular, the shows on South
Congress Avenue and South Lamar have grown into their
own – including a fun, quirky festival of music known to
locals as South By South Austin.
BE PREPARED AND HAVE FUN!
Best bet? No matter what you want to see at SXSW, be
prepared and have a plan. Whether it’s a hot band, new
film, or top technology speaker, it’s best to arrive as early
as possible. SXSW involves a lot of standing in line, so be
prepared for that, too. For music, the wristband covers the
admission price, but if it’s a hot show, arrive early and keep
your fingers crossed. Everything depends on space available
after SXSW badge holders are admitted.
SXSW underscores Austin’s undisputed position as a
creative nexus of entertainment, and as Austinites, we’re
proud to call it our own each March. Whatever you decide
to attend, you are sure to enjoy it. So get a sitter, splurge for
a badge or a wristband, and enjoy the benefits of the city’s
For more information about SXSW and details about
upcoming events, visit www.sxsw.com.