A Guide to Austin’s Music Festivals

Austin is well known because the music capital of not solely the state of Texas, however maybe the nation. With its ongoing give attention to selling music, not solely via festivals, however yr spherical, town’s music scene continues to develop, with new festivals approaching board on a regular basis.

Three core festivals—South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin Metropolis Limits, and Outdated Settler’s Days—make up the centerpiece of Austin’s competition showcase. These festivals, in addition to an ever-expanding retinue of latest festivals, are persevering with the custom of creating Austin a real music vacation spot.

South by Southwest Music and Media Convention (March)

That includes greater than 1,800 music performances of all kinds from all over the world, the SXSW Music and Media Convention is a legendary Austin occasion. The music takes place on greater than 80 levels and different music venues all through downtown Austin, with the best focus centered on Pink River and Sixth Streets.

South by Southwest (or SXSW), began out as a music and media occasion within the late Eighties, and now consists of each a movie competition and a brand new media convention in its rising program. Whereas a good quantity of wheeling and dealing within the music enterprise happens in the course of the day, the superb vary of concert events offers SXSW a particular competition really feel.

Throughout the day, the Conference Heart in Austin is middle stage for these within the music enterprise. Convention attendees flood the commerce present, which encompasses a full agenda of informative (typically provocative) panel discussions that embody a whole lot of audio system from the music trade, making it a premier occasion for trade of us in addition to common music lovers. It is no shock then that the SXSW is a spotlight on the worldwide music calendar.

Austin Metropolis Limits Music Competition (October)

The annual three-day competition, Austin Metropolis Limits Music Competition is held in Zilker Park, the place greater than 130 musical displays are unfold out amongst 8 levels and provide a spread of music, from reggae to hip hop, blue grass to onerous rock. A spin-off from the famed PBS sequence, “Austin Metropolis Limits,” what as soon as was a competition that includes native performers has change into as legendary as Bonaroo.

With its downtown location in Zilker Park, competition goers discover that the leisure typically carries on gone competition hours, as bands jam into close by music venues within the metropolis in “after-shows” that carry the music all the way down to a extra intimate stage. This competition additionally has the benefit of timing, because it comes (sometimes) after the summer season Texas warmth has subsided.

Outdated Settler’s Music Competition (April)

Outdated Settler’s Music Competition differs from different Austin music festivals largely in its orientation, which is essentially designated as “roots” or Americana music. Held on the Salt Lick Pavilion and at Camp Ben McCulloch, the nationally acknowledged music competition is laid again and household pleasant.

It affords the distinctive distinction of being held in the course of the peak of the bluebonnet and wildflower season, making its Texas Hill Nation location even higher.

Most competition goers to the Outdated Settler’s Music Competition get pleasure from out of doors tenting at Camp Ben McCulloch, and occasions revolve round campers. Competition goers get pleasure from greater than 20 musical acts acting on 4 levels, in addition to interactive occasions like efficiency workshops, arts and crafts, and a expertise competitors for the younger (amongst different youngsters actions).

Minor festivals proceed to develop and develop as Austin lends itself to a unbroken (and increasing viewers) for all sorts of music. As well as, lots of the festivals profit charities within the Austin space.

Austin Reggae Competition (April)



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