SXSW is a right of passage for any music enthusiast or avid watcher of people and subcultures. You have bands representing most continents, people from all cities and walks of life, food trucks catering to your every, imaginable hunger. Sounds wonderful, right? The problem is, if you do it the “right” way, it’s going to cost you a good majority of your student refund or the equivalent of several paychecks. Sadly, that was the exact reason I had stayed out of Austin, Texas during such an exciting period of the Spring season. This year, though, some of us here from ANON braved it up and ventured on a week long, poor man’s journey in effort to grab a memorable piece of the epic music festival and prove that even YOU can venture to SXSW for close to nothing of a budget.
If you are willing to walk the length of the city, look fashionably comfortable, starve for most of the day, and kill your precious cell phone battery than you are set to survive a week of SXSW and find yourself spending a maximum of ten bucks on a show. The only show any of us spent any money on was Toro y Moi and Dent May at the North Door in East Austin. But The Flaming Lips?! You ask. Free. Cafe Tacvuba? Free. BADBADNOTGOOD? Free. Widowspeak? Free. Gold Fields? Free. The Joy Formidable? Free. Molotov? Indians? Suuns? SKATERS? Tokimonsta? Vox Pop? FREE. FREE. FREE. FREE. FREE. Along with many, many more. So before you accuse me of being an exaggerative liar, take a look at our video recap featuring most of the bands mentioned above.
So if that didn’t sell you, I don’t know what will. But when 2014 rolls around, consider taking a sweaty road trip to Austin, TX with a group of your closets friends, sport your best festival attire, buy the best looking comfortable shoes you can find, and get lost in the musical utopian mecca that is SXSW. You may just discover your next favorite band.