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A Guide to The SXSW Venues You’ll Probably End Up In

Don’t get lost in Austin.

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You’ll feel SXSW the second you hit Austin. You’ll really feel SXSW the second you hit downtown Austin. The strip is shoulder to shoulder with performers, music snobs, press and fans–all of which are jetting around between bars and clubs. It can be a lot. But if properly prepared, it can be the best.

You’ll probably spend most of your time in venues (the rest of your time sleeping or eating at these places) so make sure you know where you’re going and what to expect. These are 10 spaces you’ll likely find yourself in and the showcases you won’t want to miss on their stages.

 

Photo Credit: Justin Bridges

 

 

The Belmont

The big boy of venues in Austin, The Belmont is the city’s premier indoor/outdoor music venue and bar. Newly renovated, The Belmont re-opened under new ownership for last year’s SXSW. It’s a mix of classic Texan pub with a modern dance club–from top-forty to popular indie-rock, the venue keeps a rotation of some of hottest players in all genres. So get sloshy in the back bar and the move to the patio because the band’s on. All your friends know the words and it’s time to sing along (poorly).

Don’t Miss:
Charli XCX, Rockie Fresh, Action Bronson, Tuesday March 12
Surfer Blood, Alt-J, The Flaming Lips, Thursday March 14

The Belmont
305 W 6th St.
Austin, TX 78701

More info here.

Viceland

This is Vice’s temporary venue compound for this year’s festivities. Not only is it ready to host your hipster heroes, but it’s also an ideal meeting spot for the friends you left at that showcase with that band you can’t stand. There is food, drinks, and most importantly, WiFi, to get some net time and upload your pics before re-immersing yourself in the mosh pit. Vice warns there may be some unexpected twists. “It’s going to melt your face and then your laptop, and anyone else’s face or laptop within your vicinity.” Um, maybe scratch the whole bringing your laptop here thing.

Don’t Miss: 
Wavves, Japandroids, Divine Fits, Tuesday March 12
Trinidad Jame$, Baauer, Kendrick Lamar, Saturday March 16

Viceland
401 E Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78701

More info here.

404 Austin

Chiggity check yo’ self into your hotel and head straight for 404 Austin. If you believe DJ’s should use vinyl and you used to break dance, you’ll feel right at home. Here it’s all rap, and only rap, ya heard?

Don’t Miss:
Kid Capri, Scarface, Styles P, Saturday March 16
Wyclef, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, Wednesday March 13

404 Austin
404 Colorado St.
Austin, TX 78701

Emo’s East

This legendary club is the iconic sweetheart of Austin. Though it’s moved to the east side, which is a tad inconvenient, it makes up for it in parking. The old spot hosted some of the festival’s most talked about performances, so we say you should take advantage of their cheap domestic beer and go make new history at the new location.

Don’t Miss:
RiFF RaFF, The Presets, A-Trak, Thursday March 14
Shlohmo, Ryan Hemsworth, Pusha T, Friday March 15th

Emo’s
2015 E Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78741

More info here.

Mohawk

Okay, we know you’re at SXSW for the music, but The Mohawk is a venue worthy of checking out even just for the space. It’s like the final scene in a teen party flick. Part block party, part tavern, the hybrid indoor/outdoor layout allows the area to feel less crowded than it actually is regardless if it’s poppin’ (which it probably is). Don’t stress about arriving early for a close spot, the main stage is visible from nearly every vantage point so you won’t miss a guitar pluck.

Don’t Miss:
Widowspeak, Ducktails, DIIV, Friday March 15
Le1f, XXYYXX, Delorean, Saturday March 16

Mohawk
912 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78701

More info here.

Red 7

Show up in your oldest pullover, darkest wayfarers, or studded leather, and become one with the grass-roots energy that permeates this bohemian haunt. Adorned with eclectic propaganda-inspired art, and specialized cocktails to match, we can’t help but to believe them when they say it’s a ”live music venue run by musician for musicians.” Oh, and don’t forget your Sharpie, that guy whose head is in your way might be last year’s headliner.

Don’t Miss:
The Thermals, CHVRCHES, Poolside, Wednesday March 13
Iron Lung, Antwon, Big Freedia, Saturday March 16 

Red 7
611 E 7th St.
Austin, TX 78701

More info here.

1100 Warehouse

Did you put on deodorant? Good. Now re-apply, because you’re going to get sweaty. There’s nothing excessive about 1100 Warehouse, and that’s the appeal. It’s simply a fat space filled with booming sound, party-oriented performers, and kids down to go hard. So bring out your best moves.

Don’t Miss:
Sky Ferreira, Zebra Katz, Rustie, Thursday March 14
Lunice, Death Grips, Skream, Saturday March 16

1100 Warehouse
1100 E 5th St.
Austin, TX 78702

Stubb’s BBQ

Running back and forth between venues for shows can make you hungry, but with all the acts, who has the time to eat? Stubb’s has got you. Not only can you finally sink your teeth into that Texas BBQ you’ve been craving since you landed, but you can also satisfy all your musical yearnings with one of the most acoustically sound locations in the festival. Get here early though, this popular locale is always full, just don’t leave too quickly – they’re known to bring out some epic secret headliners.

Don’t Miss:
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Cafe Tacvba, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wednesday March 13
Sky Ferreira, Haim, Vampire Weekends, Saturday March 16

Stubb’s BBQ 
801 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78701

More info here.

Scoot Inn

The Scoot Inn is your getaway within your Austin getaway. With an open-air German influenced “Bier Garten” and exposed wood decor, prepare experience music in a more natural setting, bro.

Don’t Miss:
Ratking, Earl Sweatshirt, Trash Talk, Wednesday March 13
Billy Woods, U-GOD, Ghostface Killah, Thursday March 14

Scoot Inn
1308 E, 4th Street
Austin, TX 78702

More info here. 

Austin Music Hall

Like ribs aren’t complete without BBQ sauce, no trip to SXSW is quite right without the Austin Music Hall. Historically, this spacious venue has been home to some of the city’s largest concerts and events, so expect good clean fun, tidy bathrooms, efficient lines, and shows to start as scheduled. This is big time.

Don’t Miss:
Danny Brown, Bun B, Kendrick Lamar, Friday March 15
Angel Haze, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Brooke Candy, Saturday March 16

Austin Music Hall
208 Nueces St.
Austin, TX 78701

More info here.

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