SXSW 2011

SXSW celebrates 25 years with something for everyone

WRITTEN BY: Allyce Andrew
SxSW Interactive Festival 2008 in Austin, Texas
Image Source: Alex de Carvalho via Flickr
SxSW Interactive Festival 2008 in Austin, Texas

Austin's eclectic music, film and culture festival, South by Southwest (SXSW) is celebrating its Twenty-fifth anniversary with a plethora movies, stand-up comedians, video games and most importantly, phenomenal musicians. The music aspect of the event spans more than five days and features hundreds of bands sprawled throughout bars and venues in Austin, Texas. 

From March 15 to March 20, the headliners range from worldwide rising indie acts like James Blake, Das Racist, Bombay Bicycle Club, Givers and Yuck to hardcore sets with Whitechapel, EMMURE and Dance Gavin Dance. Even electronic, hip-hop and punk bands will be featured at SXSW with heavyweights like MSTRKRFT, B.o.B and Bad Brains. It's honestly a bit terrifying how many amazing bands are going to be playing in such a short amount of time.

A positive side to the massive festival, besides its ability to book great bands, is a lot of free music. Even though most bars and venues have covers, bands like The Strokes and Bright Eyes are both playing free sets at the SXSW Auditorium Shores Stage. Waterloo Records is even joining with their free <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.mxdwn.com/2011/02/23/news/waterloo-records-announces-free-sxsw-parking-lot-shows/" href="http://www.mxdwn.com/2011/02/23/news/waterloo-records-announces-free-sxsw-parking-lot-shows/" _blank"="">Parking Lots Shows, which feature performances from Dum Dum Girls, Fitz & Tantrums, Neon Trees and many more. SXSW really seems to be too good to be true but fortunately it isn't, so head to Austin as soon as possible!

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