GITNB’s Guide to SXSBest Weeek Ever 2012 Pt II: Guide to SXSW Guides
I put together a little mixtape of 50 acts I plan on checking out at this year’s fest. Even if you’re not heading to Austin, these are names you should get to know, and hopefully you find some new you dig. Check out the mix HERE.
With so many guides to SXSW out there, how do you decide which list is right for you? You don’t. For part two of my SXSBest Week Ever guide I decided to create a GUIDE TO SXSW GUIDES that includes everything from show listings, free booze, best of Austin eats, and any other list you can think of to make this year’s SX the best week EVER. I will be doing SXSW party coverage + live tweeting from @itsadredogg as well as for the UK blog The 405, so be sure to follow me there! Good luck, enjoy and don’t die.
As much as they say all the booze at SX is free, well that’s only half true. Plus how many Sweet Tea Vodka’s can you drink before you feel like puking? Save yourself the energy and your lunch and get saucy on your 20 minute walk to the venue. There are liquor stores conveniently located just about everywhere to ensure you can refuel throughout the day.
This complex vitamin made up of mostly B6, B12, Thiamin and Folic Acid is what celebrities get shots of when they have to perform but are feeling like shit. It’s great for sluggish mornings, sobering you up if you got drunk too quickly, and just feeling on top of your game. These are my lifeline.
GroupMe App for Smartphones
Lost your room key? Can’t find your friends? Just made out with Twin Shadow in a hotel bathroom? There’s free Jameson at the KEXP party? Stay connected with your entire group of friends with this smartphone app. Making memories and staying connected in real time has never been more fun. Shit gets hilarious.
We love to overshare. Why not do it with #hashtags and photoshop.
Hype Machine Hype Hotel
Great bands. THE schoomze fest to see and be seen at. Party goes till 4am + free booze and Taco Bell that never ends.
Don’t be that asshole that didn’t RSVP and has to wonder around Austin alone because you think The Fader has gotten too corporate. At the very least the free booze that never runs out is well worth it. Plus your friends are going with or without you.
Austin isn’t that big, but when filled with thousands of festival goers, pop-up tents set up just about everywhere, and events spread out all over the city, it’s easy to get lost and miss your party/show entirely. No matter how direction savvy you are, a map is always a good thing to carry during a festival of this size. Here a few options.
City of Austin Pocket Map
Maps+ for IPhone
Hop Stop App (For Smart Phones)
GSDM SXSurvival Guide (via Pintrest!)
The Austin Chronicle’s Guide to SXSW 2012
Mashable’s List of 12 Essential Pintrest Boards for SXSW 2012
The Roxy Theater’s 25 Essentials to Survive SXSW
The Unofficial SXSW Insider’s Guide
SXSW’s First-Timer’s Guide
Ultra8201’s SXSW 2012 Showcase and Party List
Brooklyn Vegan Austin (They always have free parties with free booze + snacks)
mxdwn SXSW 2012 Shows and Parties Listing
Oh My Rockness! SXSW 2012 Free Show Guide
Show List Austin
Sched.org 5th Annual SXSW Guide
Austin 360 Side Parties Database
MyFreeConcert (Schedule of shows/parties that include free booze and/or food)
Best of Austin (Eats, Drinks, Shopping and Beyond)
Foodspotting SXSW 2012 Top Nosh
Citizen Taco’s Essential SXSW Guide (from 2010 but still very relevant!)
Foursquare Lists: Austin, TX