Austin Music Festivals
The epitome of awesome for music aficionados is a trip to Austin's SXSW music festival, an extravaganza of mingling with music industry insiders, exposure to the music of up-and-coming as well as established bands, and watching live performances.
For more than 25 years, Austin has played host to the 6-day festival, which brings together thousands of attendees to hear some 2, 000 musical acts performing at more than 90 venues around downtown Austin.
By day, many festival attendees gather at the Austin Convention Center to hear panel discussions and keynote speeches that in the past have featured music legends such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Geldof and Lou Reed. For people just looking to groove to the music, buying a festival badge allows entrance to the conference talks as well as music performances by musicians such as Jack White, Santigold and M. Ward.
Performances are held at iconic venues such as Emo's, Esther's Follies and Stubb's, though one of the festival's highlights is exploring Austin's streets looking for "pop-up" performances, which are often discovered by word of mouth and can take place on random street corners or empty lots.
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