MY HOBBIES INCLUDE: DRINKING AND YELLING “TEXAS FOREVER” AT STRANGERS
stories and charts turned 5 today!
Dang! Five years of this, huh?
For seven years, POZ team member Caitlin DeWeese has watched Austin’s hallowed South By Southwest music festival become what it’s not — a big, expensive music festival, caught up in crazy sponsored parties, secret shows, and big-name performers (including lines of…
A great read on SXSW and eloquently describes why I think buying badges and wristbands for SXSW is a waste of money that goes completely against the true spirit of the festival. Go to the free shows. Go watch and discover bands you’ve never heard of before. Seeing Polica or Joy Formidable before they got overplayed on the radio were great discoveries for me. That’s what it’s about. Save watching the big brand names for ACL.
Cosigned. (x 2 because Caitlin is a Twitter-friend.)
And this is mostly directed towards the Music portion of SXSW. Interactive has truly become its own beast over the past few years and it has its own wonderful and disappointing things.
I was telling a friend that even just thinking about gearing up for SXSW this year fatigues me. Probably because work is a little cuckoo right now and because I’m also amidst wedding planning, so I spend plenty of time emailing already, thanks.
And yes, there are absolutely folks out there who will do the dirty RSVP work for you (if you’re in need, my girl Kaitlyn will hook you up!) but it’s getting to be more than that, for me, and Caitlin’s op-ed is pretty much on point.
I’m not being a local jaded hater — I’ll bet anyone some actual dollar bills that I DO find myself amongst the thousands and attending some events and shows and I have some fun friends that I always end up seeing when they’re in town each March. Additionally, the financial fuel it gives the city is unparalleled and, yes, things always evolve. Nothing can live in the good ol’ days forever. But I do feel that the emphasis on celebrity and marketed-and-branded EVERYTHING has turned SXSW on its head. $800+ to maybe get into some shows after spending hours waiting in line?
I mean, damn.
SXSW is what it is and what it is can be great and terrible at the same time, I guess. Just not sure I’m down to jump in full-force this year.
You mean I actually have to decide on THE photographer who will be in charge of all visual mementos from arguably the most important day of my life?
And then I have to decide on what I’m going to wear like, 6 months in advance?
What if I second guess myself and want to change my mind?!
I TEND TO DO THAT.
Wedding planning. (still) Not for the faint of heart.