SXSW 2013 RSVP Roundup: Part 1
If you’re planning to head to SXSW this year, you’re most likely already getting bombarded with party invites, RSVPs, and more than a few unfounded rumors. To help you keep your eyes on the partying prize, we’ll be posting the RSVP info for the best of the bunch each week leading up to the fest — everything in one place, with all the lame stuff filtered out.
Almost all of the events below should be open to the badge-less and wristband-less, and all of them require you to RSVP. We will post even more useful info in the coming days — including the coveted Fader Fort, Hype Hotel and Pure Volume House invites when they become available — so keep checking back.
A few protips for maximum enjoyment:
1) RSVP for everything, even if you don’t think you’ll go. It’s good to have options.
2) We think these parties will be cool, but we can’t guarantee that they’ll deliver on everything they promise in the invite. Show up early to increase your chances of getting the good stuff and to avoid having to stand in line forever. Have backup options in case your first choice is already at capacity.
3) If an invite page says the party is “sold out,” make sure to check again later: Some organizers reopen their lists and start accepting more RSVPs.
Stay tuned to this site, our Twitter feed, and our Facebook page for more RSVP tips, band recs and other SXSW-related goodness. Good luck out there!
RxSM Self-Medicated Film Expo
Fri. 3/8 through Thu. 3/14 • 4pm–4am • Emo’s East Plaza
Drinks sponsored by Revel Stoke Whisky and UV Vodka. Add the expo’s Facebook page as a friend to RSVP.
Sennheiser + Paste Interactive Studio & Lounge
Sun. 3/10 through Tue. 3/12 • Noon-6pm; music @ 8pm • Blackheart, 86 Rainey St.
Interactive/Film party with free beer. (Note: This one might be a badge-only affair, but sign up just in case.)
Free Now! Presented by Beautiful Buzz and Deli Radio
Wed. 3/13 through Sat. 3/16 • Noon–2am • Brew Exchange, 708 W. 6th St.
Free food, drinks, and music by more than 100 bands in four days.
Wed. 3/13 through Sat. 3/16 • Time TBA • Shangri La, 1016 E. 6th St.
Four days of free live music.
Paste & HGTV Present: The Stages on Sixth
Wed. 3/13 through Sat. 3/16 • Noon¬–6pm • The Stage on 6th, 508 E. 6th St.
Free booze; bands TBA.
Twangfest and KDHX SXSW Day Party
Thu. 3/14 and Sat. 3/16 • Noon–5pm • Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar Blvd.
Free shows by 18 bands over two days at Austin’s landmark dancehall. (Yep, the Facebook invite is the official RSVP, and you can bring up to 3 guests.)
Filter Magazine’s Showdown at Cedar Street
Thu. 3/14, Fri. 3/15, Sat. 3/16 • 11am–6pm • Cedar Street Courtyard, 208 W. 4th St.
Three days of free shows with cool acts including Charli XCX, Local Natives, St. Lucia, Surfer Blood, and lots of others.
Eevzdrop and Eye in the Sky present The Future of Music Showcase
Fri. 3/15 and Sat. 3/16 • Noon–2am • Shiner’s Saloon, 422 Congress Ave.
Free food, drinks, and a solid Texas-heavy lineup of more than 25 bands. RSVP separately for Friday and Saturday.
Thursday, March 7
SXSW Startup Crawl 2013
4–10pm • Various locations all over downtown
Free drinks and games at dozens of downtown offices, with a free shuttle to take you from place to place.
Saturday, March 9
House Party Cocktail Party
1–4pm • Parkside, 301 East 6th St.
SXSW Bald Logo Kickoff Party
4pm–2am • 21st St. Co-Op, 707 W. 21st St. • $2
Free beer from 11pm to 2am, with $1 tacos and music by Hello Wheels, Whiskey Shivers, and Clyde & Clem’s Whiskey Business. (Note that they added a $2 cover on their invite).
Gdgt Live in Austin
7–10pm • The Hype Hotel, 301 Brazos St.
Free drinks, T-shirts, and music.
Copyblogger Presents: Another Indelicate Diversion
8–11:30pm • Buffalo Billiards, 201 E. 6th St.
Open bar from 9-10pm.
Monday, March 11
1 Nite with Mike
9pm–Midnight • The Stage on 6th, 508 E. 6th St.
Two free drinks, video mashups and music by DJ Mike Relm.
Covert Curiosity and Ender Productions Kickoff Party
2pm–2am • Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. 6th St.
Free food and beer. Two stages inside and a silent disco party outside.
Tuesday, March 12
Third Annual Frog Music Licensing Unofficial Showcase
5pm–Midnight • Bar 96, 96 Rainey St.
Free tacos and music by Quiet Company, T Bird and the Breaks, The Eastern Sea, Wild Child and others.
Wednesday, March 13
The Windish Agency Presents: SXSW Music Kickoff
8pm–2am • Red 7, 611 E. 7th St.
Free show with music by all sorts of good bands — Chvrches, Poolside, The Thermals, The Valley Below and others. (Note: This is the same RSVP site for the Windish day party on Friday listed below.)
Thursday, March 14
Tape Op Party
2–6pm • Lucky Lounge, 209-A West 5th St.
Free drinks and live music — bands TBA.
Friday, March 15
Requiemme MGMT Day Party
Noon–6pm • Jackalope, 404 E. 6th St.
Free beer from 1–6pm and lots of good bands.
Berklee College of Music Party
Noon–6pm • Brush Square Park, Neches & 5th St.
One free drink, oyster bar, and a solid lineup including Air Traffic Controller. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Windish Agency Presents: Mohawk Day Party
Noon–6pm • Mohawk, 912 Red River St.
Free show with music by Icona Pop, Alt-J, Toro Y Moi, Doldrums, and more. (Note: This is the same RSVP site for the Wednesday night Windish party listed above.)
IndieMerchstore Riverboat Party
6–8:30pm • Lonestar Riverboat, 100 S. 1st St.
Open bar riverboat party on Town Lake with a band called Goatwhore. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Saturday, March 16
Altercation Records Punk Rock BBQ
12:30pm • The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd.
Free beer and food, plus music by eight punk bands including Teenage Bottlerocket, Lower Class Brats and others.
MPressFest SXSW 2013
Noon–5:30pm • Soho Lounge, 217 E. 6th Street
Free food & booze, with music by Seth Glier, Melissa Ferrick, Rachael Sage and a Fragile Tomorrow.
2013 Open Web SXSW Pool Party
Date, time, location and more details TBA
Mysterious pool party with drinks, music by DJ Johnny Bravo, photography by Annie Ray, and other unnamed things yet to be announced. We’ll let you know when we get more info on this one.
Heard about any cool events you don’t see on the list yet? Shoot us an email and let us know!
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