The Best Multi-Day Parties at SXSW 2014
Austin, TX -- This week kicks off the music side of the SXSW festival, so today we're looking at the best blogs and sponsors that are holding multiple showcases throughout the week. If you did make it to Texas, don't forget to check our Events Listing page for a full, comprehensive guide to the best parties.
The FADER FORT
Converse and The Fader have teamed up again to bring you a four-day showcase with over fifty artists. The parties will last from the early afternoon into the night with regular acts as well as separate DJ sets. If you're just hearing about this, good luck sneaking in because the RSVP is now closed. Find the daily lineups and sponsors in our Event Listings.
Lineup Highlights: Damon Albarn, Rick Ross, Julian Casablancas, Chromeo, Little Dragon
Everyone's favorite music blog to disagree with is throwing four showcases at SXSW this year, one being for their metal features subsection Show No Mercy at the House of Vans. They've also scheduled two day parties and one official showcase featuring some of the biggest names in indie music right now, so these are definitely not ones to miss. The day parties are free, but the official showcase requires a badge or wristband. Find the daily lineups and sponsors in our Event Listings.
Lineup Highlights: Real Estate, Mark Kozelek, Fucked Up, Future Islands, Speedy Ortiz
Hype Machine has brought the Hotel to SXSW yet again to host showcases from ten different music blogs over the course of five days with both day and night parties. The lineup is pretty killer and spans several genres, so it's a good thing that there's still time to RSVP and find the daily lineups and sponsors in our Event Listings.
Lineup Highlights: Against Me!, Tokyo Police Club, CHROMEO, Kelis, Gary Numan, Washed Out
Spotify has put together some pretty nice day parties to check out running from Monday to Friday. You'll have to RSVP using a Spotify account to catch the shows, which mainly stay on the indie rock side of the spectrum. These are known to fill up fast, so try to get there early and check the daily lineups and sponsors in our Event Listings.
Lineup Highlights: Real Estate, Warpaint, Future Islands, Phantogram
Third Man Records
TMR has been pretty good with SXSW in the past, first introducing their Rolling Record Store in 2011, which featured parking lot performances from Jack White and Seasick Steve. They're coming back in full force this year, taking over the Museum of Human Achievement for three days for some pretty sick showcases plus a Pop-Up Shop that'll have all the new releases from Third Man and some new trinkets made available only at SXSW. Make sure that you RSVP, and catch the shows starting at noon all three days.
Lineup Highlights: Kelley Stoltz, Protomartyr, The Haden Triplets, Steve Gunn
This respected New York music blog is hosting an official showcase as well as three day parties at the end of the SXSW week. This'll be a healthy dose of indie rock, so make sure you RSVP and check the daily lineups and sponsors in our Event Listings.
Lineup Highlights: Against Me!, Little Dragon, The Hold Steady, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Speedy Ortiz
Waterloo has historically hosted some pretty kickass SXSW showcases, and this year is no exception. They'll run four day parties with some of the biggest names hitting the festival. You don't need a wristband or to RSVP, so you're best bet for entrance is to check the daily lineups and sponsors in our Event Listings and get there early.
Lineup Highlights: Charli XCX, Gary Numan, Mobb Deep, Talib Kweli, The Orwells, Speedy Ortiz
This four-day event hosted by Converse and Thrasher Magazine will feature a total of eight sets with indoor and outdoor stages featuring some of the must-see acts at SXSW this year. The shows are free, all ages, and on a first come first serve basis. If you're heading to Austin without a badge or wristband, these are definitely some of the best shows to check out. Find the daily lineups and sponsors in our Event Listings.
Lineup Highlights: Tyler, the Creator, Fucked Up, The Black Lips, Lil B, Touché Amoré
Red Bull Sound Select
Red Bull is hosting four free night showsfor their run at SXSW this year with two featuring rock acts and the other two hip hop. All that's required for entry is an RSVP, and it's always a good idea to get there early considering the clout surrounding the headlining artists. Find the daily lineups and sponsors in our Event Listings.
Lineup Highlights: Earl Sweatshirt, Twin Shadow, Jagwar Ma, Sleigh Bells, Danny Brown
While these shows will feature the most radio-friendly music you'll find at SXSW, there are still some typica-SXSW artists worth checking out - especially at Wednesday night's hip hop show. You'll need a wristband or badge, and you have to RSVP at the location posted on the event page for entry into the ticket lottery.
Lineup Highlights: Kendrick Lamar, Coldplay, Soundgarden, Imagine Dragons, Band of Skulls, Willie Nelson
For the full list of our must-attend SXSW Events, check out our Event Listings.
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