FT5: SXSW Myths
When surfing the ol’ interwebs around this time of year I find all kinds of posts about our famous little SXSW festival that goes on every March. Lucky for me, I chose a career in education so I get to spend the whole week wasting my life away and killing precious brain cells with loud music and alcohol. It seems like every year I come across a music fan or two who really wants to be a part of this party but just doesn’t know where to begin. Do I need to drop the cash on one of those wristband thingies? Do I need tickets? Ladies and gentlemen, I’ll answer those questions and more in our Friday Top 5 focusing on the top myths about SXSW. Follow the jump to read the full list.
Get this thought out of your head right now. It’s not gonna happen. Sure everybody’s got that story about that one time this guy they know who has a friend who works at Stubbs got you in to see Iggy Pop last year. Those stories are few and far between or just flat out made up. I know everybody got all excited and started peeing their pants when Devo was said to headline SXSW, but so what? If you plan on getting into that show you’ll need to know someone or get in line now. Yes now… GO!
Holy shit, they just dropped the price of these to $150 and they’re only available to Austin residents! Seriously, how are people still falling for this scam? A wristband is not a ticket and it sure as hell doesn’t guarantee your entrance into any venue. Every d-bag holding a platinum badge will waltz right in ahead of you and you’ll be left wondering why you bought that worthless piece of plastic. My RSVP parties obviously don’t guarantee admission either, but they’ve never been that hard to get into and my wallet is heavier than yours as a result. If you are considering buying a wrist band, please don’t. Please. I beg of you.
Okay so I shouldn’t get a wristband, but how about one of those fancy laminated badges with my name on it and whatnot? Many of you probably know that’ll run you more than any dollar amount I can even fathom in my head. I’m sure you’ve heard about how much of a steal $700/$800 dollars is to see so many bands in a week. A steal? Really…. Save your money. Even if you are filthy stinking rich, you’ve got to realize that this is a bad investment. Sit down and do the math real quick on how many bands you can actually see in a week. For some of you this is a no brainer, but for you not in the know, save that paycheck.
Every now and again you hear a few Austinites mumbling about how going to SXSW is too much work. You’ve got nowhere to park, so many out of towners running around, everything is so packed, or it’s just a big headache. Here’s a message to you people that complain: you live in Austin, the live music capital of the world. Without SXSW and similar events, this town would be just another suburban dump. Besides, you’ve got the internet and people like us to help you. Park at a friends place, make friends with the newbies and just relax.
So I’m fearing that this is the one that everybody is going to get all up in arms about. For me, SXSW is not and never will be the best music festival around. Don’t get me wrong, I love partying and checking out new bands till the cows come home, but sometimes it’s not always about the music to me. SXSW sort of becomes this all day/all night party that gives people a place to be seen and live hard. I’d rather have my ACL (yes it’s hot as hell, but it’s in October this year) or my Fun Fest. Those festivals always put the primary focus on what the focus should be: music. I still love you SXSW.
So yes you can forget about getting into that Metallica show, aint gonna happen. I tried to be fair but maybe I wasn’t. Maybe I use question marks way too much?