For those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to attend festivals like this, consider it a blessing. For those that were not fortunate enough to go, I highly insist you make it a priority to go next year. Whether a musician or spectator, you can always leave this festival with something. A musician will leave with more contacts than he came into town with, while a fan will leave with an excellent experience that will leave him/her wanting to come back every year.
Even this year being the least fun I have had at SXSW, I still had a grand ol’ time. Really, the only con that comes into play is all the walking. The list of pros is almost endless. At least 2 shows everyday to see, undiscovered indie bands that are begging for you to talk about them saying “I saw them before they were famous,” and etc. Although I was not able to purchase a wristband this year, I did not let that stop me from taking advantage of all the pros that I could possibly take advantage of. Thanks to the RSVP button on many of the digital flyers, I was able to get into the SPIN Magazine Party, iTunes Music Festival, and much more parties/showcases I would have otherwise never been able to attend.
So for those of you thinking maybe it will cost too much money to attend, ask yourself this: ‘is no money too much money to spend?’ I seriously didn’t spend a dime on this SXSW, with the exception of food and housing. Something about venue after venue of live music, a street performer on every block, rap battles happening on 6th and Red River, getting handed a mixtape or EP at every show you go to, and even the bum with the sign that read “NEED FUEL FOR JET.” Every thing about SXSW makes me want to not leave the city. Although there was quite a hiccup with a incident in which 3 people died while a drunk driver plowed into a crowd, the experience was still like a 4 night stay in heaven. (I didn’t know they had motel 6s in heaven…lol)
So the moral of the blog, if you haven’t thought about going or even if you haven’t heard of SXSW before, I suggest you all to check it out next March. Book a motel early. Rates go sky high that week.