Long time readers of Now I’ve Heard Everything are already familiar with South by Southwest (usually written SXSW) is a music (and movie and web) conference and festival which is held in Austin, Texas every year in mid-March. This year is no exception and SXSW (the music part of it anyway) will begin on Tuesday, March 17th and continue through Sunday, March 22nd.
SXSW is a music lovers dream with around 2500 bands playing in 100 clubs over five nights. There are also unofficial shows each day and night, which means the total number of bands one can see during SXSW is really around 3000. All of which adds up to continuous music for the better part of a week.
Even though March is a long time off from the dog days of August, SXSW 2015 is now open for business. If you are thinking of going, this is the best time to do something about it. The pricing structure for an SXSW badge is such that the lowest price, $650, is there for those who register now through September 12th. The price then keeps going up until the full price of $895 is reached on February 14th. In addition, the best selection of hotels is available now, and most of the hotel rooms in Austin during SXSW are available only through the festival and only to those folks who have registered for the event. And as far as hotels go, even though SXSW 2015 just started registration yesterday, the festival has posted a note that some downtown hotels have already started to sell out.
Although I have attended SXSW for the past nine years, it is doubtful that I will be there in 2015. Whether Now I’ve Heard Everything will have a presence there, though, has yet to be determined.