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Top 10 SXSW Parties 2014

SXSW is upon us again and it’s time to plan your schedule. Check out the top SXSW parties (during music week) for 2014.

Sifting through the thousands of artists playing in hundreds of venues in downtown Austin each year at SXSW is a daunting task for both first-time festival-goers and veterans.

This will be my 5th consecutive year making my annual pilgrimage to Austin, TX for the massive music portion of South by Southwest, which will take place mostly between Wednesday March 12-Saturday March 15.

After much review and RSVP’ing Here are ten of my top SXSW (music) day (and some night) parties for 2014.
– This list will update with info as more parties are announced.

10. The Green Room (3/12-3/15)

Badge/Wristband Required?: NO
21+
Location: The Brew Exchange (706. W. 6th)
RSVP

Lineup Includes: The Knocks, Le Youth, Goldroom, Bad Suns, Midi Matilda, & many more.

Shout out to SF-based Beautiful Buzzz for bringing it once again this year with a great lineup. Worth the walk out to West 6th for the all day (and night) event that is great new band after great new band. The Brew Exchange is a legit bar too.

 

9. Spin Magazine/House of Vans Showcase @ Mohawk (3/11-3/15)

Badge/Wristband Required?: NO
21+
Location: Mohawk (912 Red River St.)
RSVP – Vans – All Ages
RSVP – Windish

Windish Lineup Includes: Phantogram, Bad Suns, Chet Faker, and more – Friday 3/14
Vans Lineup Includes: Flosstradamus, A$ap Mob, many more TBA

Spin Magazine will be hosting some big parties at Mohawk during the day and VANS will takeover for some of the bigger night parties at this year’s SXSW. Lines will be long.

 

8. UMG Experience (3/13-3/14)

Badge/Wristband?: NO
21+
Location: Palm Door (508 E. 6th))
RSVP

Lineup Includes: The 1975, The Colourist, Sir Sly, Jetta, and more.

Universal Music Group’s SXSW party will be on Thursday & Friday of music week and features a stacked lineup of bands on palm Door’s indoor & outdoor stages.

 

7. Butler Park (3/13-3/15)

Badge/Wristband Required?: NO
ALL AGES
Location: 1000 W. Riverside Dr.
RSVP

Lineup includes: Foster The People, Childish Gambino, more TBA

While Auditorium Shores is being renovated, Butler Park takes over as the host to the biggest SXSW outdoor free shows during music week. Definitely recommended for the SXSW-goers who want to see big name bands and not deal with the craziness that is 6th St.

 

6. MTVU Woodies (3/13)

Badge/Wristband Required?: NO
18+
Location: 1st & Red River
RSVP

Lineup includes: Childish Gambino, The 1975, Bleachers, and more.

A condensed version of the MTVU Woodies will begin this year on at 3 PM on Thursday 3/13. More big name performers will be added, just be sure to lineup early for this one.

 

5. Pandora Discovery Den (3/12-3/15)

Badge/Wristband Required?: NO
21+
Location: The Gatsby (708 E. 6th)
RSVP

Lineup Includes: Tyler The Creator, Mobb Deep, Ryan Hemsworth, and more

Looks like the Pandroa Discovery Den is making a move from Antone’s to The Gatsby for 2014. These are day parties & night parties certain to be highlighted with marquee names from this year’s festival. Be sure to reserve your wristband, you aren’t getting in without one.

 

4. Waterloo Records (3/12-3/15)

Badge/Wristband Required?: NO
ALL AGES
Location: Waterloo Records (600 N. Lamar Blvd.)
No RSVP required.

Lineup Includes: Aloe Blacc, A Great Big World, The 1975, Talib Kweli, Jake Bugg, and more.

One of the marquee all ages day parties each year happens in the Waterloo Records parking lot downtown. Another year of up & comers and established acts will descend on the record store again this March.

 

3. Spotify House (3/10-3/14)

Badge/Wristband Required?: NO
21+
Location: Spotify House (901 E. 6th)
RSVP

Lineup Includes: Phantogram, Hozier, G-Eazy, Betty Who, and more.

Spotify has created one of the top party destination at SXSW and look to build on that reputation this year at a new location at 901 E. 6th.

 

2. Hype Hotel (3/11-3/15)

Badge/Wristband Required?: NO
21+
Location: 505 E. 7th St.
RSVP

Lineup: London Grammar, The 1975, Chromeo, Washed Out, Against Me!, more.

Hype Hotel will unveil their usually stellar lineup soon and it looks like free Taco Bell tacos will be returning as a staple of this day party in 2014.

 

1. Fader Fort (3/11-3/15)

Badge/Wristband Required?: No, but they can get priority.
21+
Location: TBA
RSVP

Lineup: Sam Smith, Theophilus London, Chromeo, Damon Albarn, many more

The go to SXSW day party. The lineup and RSVP will be up usually at the beginning of March and you better jump on it quick.

 

BONUS SXSW PARTIES:

Empire Control Room & Garage (3/12-3/15)

Badge/Wristband Required?: NO
21+
Location:  Empire Garage (606 E. 7th St.)
RSVP

Lineup Includes: MS MR,  Riff Raff, A-Trak, many more.

 

Rachael Ray Feedback Party (3/15)

Badge/Wristband Required?: NO
21+?
Location: Stubb’s (801 Red River)
RSVP

Lineup Includes: Cee-Lo, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Blondie, more

 

British Music Embassy (3/11-3/15)

Badge/Wristband Required?: NO, but receive priority.
21+
Location: Latitude 30 (512 San Jacinto)
RSVP

Lineup Includes: Chloe Howl, Jetta, Prides, The Wytches, Womans Hour, Temples, and more

The British Music Embassy returns in 2014 back at Latitude 30 – The premiere spot to see the first show stateside for a lot of UK artists. Badge & wristband holders will be given priority entry so the public might be out of luck on some of the bigger name performances, but RSVP and you should be able to easily gain access to the day parties.

 

FILTER MAGAZINE PARTIES (3/12-3/15)

Badge/Wristband Required?: No
21+
Location: Clive Bar (609 Davis St.)/Cedar St. Courtyard/More
RSVP

Lineup Includes: Aloe Blacc, NoNoNo, Chet Faker, Kelis, and more.

 

IFC FAIRGROUNDS (3/12-3/14)

Badge/Wristband Required?: NO, but priority given
18+
Location: Palm Park (601 E. 3rd St.)
RSVP?

Lineup Includes: The Hold Steady, American Authors, Cherub, Les Claypool, and more.

 

Lagunitas CouchTippin’ To Austin (3/12)

Badge/Wristband?: NO
21+
Location: Cedar St. Courtyard (208 W. 4th)
RSVP

Lineup Includes: Allen Stone, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, The Mowgli’s, and more.

I hail from Petaluma, CA, home of the Lagunitas Brewery. They know how to throw a party and the Cedar St. Courtyard should be filled up nicely on Wednesday 3/12.

 

Red Bull Sound Select (3/12-3/15

Badge/Wristband Required?: NO

21+
Location: The Belmont (305 W. 6th St.)
RSVP

Lineup Includes: Twin Shadow, Jagwar Ma, Sleigh Bells, Danny Brown, more

 

Dickies Roadhouse (3/12-3/15)

Badge/Wristband Required? No, but potentially for night shows.
21+
Location: Bangers (79 Rainey St.)
RSVP

Lineup Includes: Polica, Haerts, Basic Vacation, Ludacris, and more.

 

AirBNB Party (3/11-3/15) 

Badge/Wristband Required?: NO
Age restriction TBA
Location: AirBNB Park (TBA)
RSVP

Lineup includes: Capital Cities, Snoop Dogg, Allen Stone

 

Quantum Collective Southwest Invasion (3/14-3/15)

Badge/Wristband Required?: NO
Appears to be All Ages
Location: Whole Foods Rooftop Plaza
RSVP

Lineup Includes: G. Love, Matisyahu, Mary Lambert, many more.

MANY MORE PARTIES will be added to this post. Follow RSVPster for the latest updates.

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